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the Price of Prepaid Gym Memberships

Price 
Location 
Term 
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Description
$ 500
Feb 2007
San Diego, CA
3 years
National chain health club, 3 year enrollment  more... close row
$ 999
Jan 2007
Simi Valley, California
3 years
Three years of pre-paid membership  more... close row
$ 770
Jul 2007
Rainbow City, AL
1 year
Family membership to gym with amenities  more... close row
$ 360
Jan 2007
Phoenix, AZ
1 year
One year access to gym on university campus  more... close row

Description of service

The service includes full access for a year to the gym at the local university. The gym's amenities include a fully-equipped weight room, a cardio area with a variety of tread mills, stationary bikes, rowing machines, and stair climbers, two Olympic-sized outdoor pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, a 0.7 mile track, a soccer field, a baseball diamond, and a variety of ball courts. Personal training and equipment rentals are available at extra cost. The gym is open to both alumni of the university and to the general public and the cost of the annual pass is the same for each. The gym also offers a restricted use pass (weekday mornings only) for a reduced price.


Review of Service

As I graduated school and expected to stay in town for at least another year I signed up at the gym I'd been using the past four years. The staff is friendly and I can work out with my friends who are still in school, plus it averages out to $30/month, which is competitive for the area. But it's not quite suitable for CrossFit, if that's your thing as it is becoming mine.


Tips

Local to school or work or home is important if you actually expect to use it. Make sure it has the equipment and services you need, whether it's barbell free weights, machine weights, cardio equipment, Then shop around and see what else is in the area at what price. Don't forget to look at the gym's policies as some refuse to let their members use essential safety equipment like chalk and others won't let people do overhead barbell lifts or the Olympic lifts. Many will try to lock you into a contract for years, then as a scheme to clear floor space to move more members through some might try their best to alienate you by denying you the ability to workout how you want.


$ 300
Mar 2008
Mesa, AZ
1 year
One year of gym membership with no enrollment fees  more... close row
$ 700
Jan 2008
Lansing, MI
1 year
Enrollment fee, one year, and personal locker access  more... close row
$ 569
Jan 2007
Sanford, Maine
1 year
Public gym that offers classes  more... close row
$ 348
Apr 2008
New York, NY
1 year
Annual fee for bare-bones health club  more... close row
$ 200
Jan 2008
Fall River, MA
1 year
Activation and one year membership  more... close row
$ 820
Apr 2008
Amarillo, TX
1 year
One year membership to full-service club  more... close row
$ 800
Jan 2008
San Diego, CA
1 year
Discounted membership for national chain  more... close row