Post # 1
For a really nice gym, with everything that you want…
- multiple, convenient locations
- free parking
- full schedule of classes, including studio style yoga and pilates, zumba, spin, etc.
- membership cap that means it is never overcroweded/no waiting for machines
- all cardio machines have personnel televisions
- beautiful atomosphere
- clean, spa-like locker rooms with sauna, steam, and luxury vanity areas
- spa on site
- reformer pilates on site (extra fee)
No pool, or basketball, or indoor track or that kind of stuff – just a normal gym.
Just curious what you would be willing to pay per month (let’s say there is no initiation fee, so don’t figure that in).
Post # 3
I pay $37/month for my gym membership, and it has most everything you listed except for personal televisions on the cardio equipment. However, it does include 2 swimming pools, a basketball court, indoor track, and yoga & pilates classes at no extra charge. They also have coffee set up every morning 🙂 I also don’t have a contract and my initial fee was one month’s membership upfront.
Post # 4
I think that depends on where you are located. My mom just joined a really nice gym upstate and she keeps saying how “expensive” it is. It’s way less than what I pay.
We’re at a kind of mid-range gym in NYC with most of the amenities you mention, although I wouldn’t associate spa-like with my gym at all! We used to $80pp per month, but I get a discount through work and now we pay $65pp/month.
The higher-end gyms (Equinox, etc.) are upwards of $150/month. I wouldn’t pay that much.
Post # 5
@hotchildinthecity: The gym I am looking at is on par with an Equinox.
I agree that it is regional – what you would pay in NY or what I am willing to pay in DC is SO much higher than people would ever dream of paying in other areas of the country – then again, every time there is a “how much did your house cost” thread on the WB, I almost choke… what most people here paid wouldn’t have covered my down payment. :/
Post # 6
If it were month-to-month, I’d be more apt to pay more (like $100-150) than if I were to be locked into a year contract. My current gym membership (that I never use) is $5/month. I bought it about 15 years ago for about $800 upfront for 2 years…and then $60/year afterwards. It’s totally paid itself off and I renew it because it seems silly to cancel. But, for the last couple years I’ve been spending $150/month for a group personal trainer type thing.
Post # 7
I’ve paid about $75 in the past but I just couldn’t bring myself to go the Equinox route. I just don’t like going to the gym enough to fork over the money and I don’t think a really nice locker room is going to change my feelings.
Post # 8
I live 2 miles outside DC, have all that minus the reformer machine (which they might have, I’ve never checked but I have one in my house so no interest) plus a hair and nail salon, tanning salon, pool, boxing area, and basketball court in the gym, and I pay $42. So, $42. It would be cheaper if I paid upfront but I go month to month so I can cancel at any time.
Post # 9
I paid $37 every two weeks, I thought it was per month until a couple of months down the road… I cancelled.
Post # 10
@septcabride: Yeah, there’s also a difference in my post in “wouldn’t” and “couldn’t.” Right now I “couldn’t” really budget that much, but a few years down the line I could see myself budgeting it in. Right now I’m willing to put up with NYSC.
And yes, the how much does your house cost threads make me question my living situation…then remember that I love it 😉
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Before I was an instructor, I paid $50/month for an AMAZING gym, but I live in a low-cost area. Such a gym would cost a lot more in a major city. I get access to their 3 facilities (one for women only), to all group-ex classes, and to the pool, hot tubs, sauna, etc. The main facility is open 24/7, and floor instructors will show you how to use any machine and do free weight excercises (briefly… they won’t, like, train you or anything). My gym offers over 1000 group-ex classes a month. I don’t need it, but there is free child care too. We also have top-of-the-line machines and even a set of new machines that are only in 2 gyms in America. It’s also the 4th cleanest gym in America or something crazy like that. All cardio machines upstairs at main and on all machines at the other coed center have tvs; downstairs at main the tvs float over the cardio machines.
There’s a basketball court at the main center.
Post # 12
I think it absolutely depends on where you live. I grew up in VA, where I never paid more than $40 per month. Now I live in the NYC area, and I pay $75 per month, which is the cheapest gym in my area. So, I think it’s all about where you live and what else is available.
Post # 13
I pay 66$/ month for a family membership (2 adults,2 kids ) is pretty much the price range here I live in the country -___- !!
Post # 14
I won’t pay more than $50 for my gym membership. I’m currently paying $31/month.
Post # 15
I pay $66/month, but your gym sounds a lot nicer than mine! I wouldn’t pay more for a spa-like atmosphere, though.
Post # 16
I pay $70/mo for a gym that is pretty much what you’ve described, minus the onsite spa. The price also includes bi-monthly personal training sessions. I was paying $150 a month at one point for one with an on site spa, but it really wasn’t worth it to me. I just need it to be clean and within a reasonable distance from my home.