When it comes to getting your body in tip-top shape, probably the first place that you think about going to is a gym. After all, they have the equipment, they have the instructors…they have basically everything that you would ever need. However, what they also tend to have are pretty hefty gym membership fees and honestly, that has been the main reason for your hold up. You just don’t know if it’s something that you can afford right now.
Before you write off your desire to be a part of the gym card carrying club, as a wise man once said, “Everything is negotiable” and that would include gym memberships. Check out the following ways to come to a price compromise that will trim down your body without slimming down your wallet…too much.
Do your research
Some people decide to get physically fit and just join a random gym. You know, one that they might see on a commercial or is close to their house. This is actually where a lot of people end up making a pretty expensive decision. Before you got your cable and Internet service, what did you do? You checked out the packages, right? How about your car? You inquired about all of the features that it had to offer. A gym membership should be no different. There’s no point in paying for access to something that either you’re only going to use a few times a year or that has the same equipment that you already have at home, so make sure that you jot down a quick wish list and then compare several gym membership fees to see where you can get the best deal.
Use trial offers
Most gyms are interested in getting new members and so they either offer weekly complimentary passes or 30-month trial offers. Don’t be too shy to take advantage of a few of them because it gives you time to check out the amenities and equipment as well as the staff and any classes that they may have to offer. As you’re narrowing down your options, discuss with the sales person some of the reasons you’re still on the fence regarding making a formal commitment. Be honest with the sales agent about what you’re looking for, and let them know whether you’ve been able to find it elsewhere for a cheaper price. You might be surprised how many are open to discussing a happy medium while negotiating a fair gym membership fee for you.
Predetermine how much you will pay
The Hot Deals Board is not the only place to get great discounts. The truth of the matter is that more often than not, we don’t get what we want simply because we don’t ask for it. In discussing options, let the sales associates know the highest price you’re willing to pay. In addition, inquire whether there are discounts given to students or friends and family members that plan on joining around the same time you do. Also make sure to ask them if they would be willing to waive the initiation fee or if there are any perks for new sign-ups like free personal training sessions, swimming lessons or Zumba classes. With whatever it is that you decide to do, there is one heads up: Try and avoid getting into a contract situation and if they insist, make sure you’re not committing to anything that’s longer than a year. Remember, the gym is to help you feel lighter, not be an additional burden.