Thinking About Buying a Gym Membership? Here's What You Need to Consider
Gym memberships are a great way to hold yourself accountable, stay on a regular workout routine, and build a community around a shared love for fitness. I absolutely love going to different fitness classes, trying out new studios, and taking in the atmosphere each boutique gym provides. BUT, regardless of whether you are looking to buy a membership to a specific boutique studio or a pass to your local gym, they can run a bit pricey. Here are four things to consider before you take the plunge and invest in a gym membership.
1. Will you get tired of the kinds of workouts/classes the studio offers?
If you’re looking at buying a membership to ONE studio (ex: a boxing club or a Pilates studio), take a second to think about the long-run: will you want to do this same style of workout 4-5 times a week? Is there enough variety offered at the studio? If you feel like you may need to mix it up to avoid getting burnt out, try a fitness studio pass like ClassPass, which allows you to purchase “credits” each month and spend them on a variety of different classes around your city. Not only will you get to mix up your workouts, but you’ll get to meet tons of new people and try out different styles of training you may never have experimented with otherwise.
2. Will you actually USE the gym membership?
Be honest with yourself here - will you actually get your money’s worth by purchasing a monthly pass? Will you use the pass more than three times a week? If yes, then GO FOR IT. But if you’re more of the “workout from home” type and don’t see yourself taking the extra time to make the trip in to the gym, that’s OKAY. Consider buying a drop-in pass whenever you get the urge to head to an actual facility.
3. Can you stream the workouts online?
Some studios, like Pvolve and ModelFit, offer online streaming for mini-workouts and full classes. If you’re looking to save the commute time, set up an at home studio and invest in the online subscription service. The more convenient the class is for you, the more likely you are to actually do the workouts.
4. Is the membership a package or a monthly rate?
If the membership is a package of classes, you have the freedom to choose when you use your credits, depending on when they expire. Most class packages expire after one year, so this option allows for more flexibility when it comes to WHEN you use your credits. If the membership is paid on a monthly basis, your investment in the membership will only pay for itself if you frequently use it. Both options have pros and cons, so it’s important to evaluate which kind is best for you depending on your lifestyle and preferences.
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