A couple of comments. First, I go to the YMCA - but it's despite the cost not because of it. We have a lot of gyms in our area, both independent and chain, and the Y is the most expensive of all of them hands down. They are also not flexible at all to negotiation. Your only hope is to qualify for one of their scholorships (we didn't).
Second, a lot of gyms waive the registration fee if you work for a qualified employer. My employer was on the list so I got to waive half of our membership fee, but husband's half couldn't be waived because his employer wasn't on the list. Something to check into before you decide!
I went to the BODY MASTER and LIFE FITNESS web sites and learned how to use the equipment so when I went to the Gym, I understood all of the equipment. YouTube has videos explaining equipment. Of course, Coach Nicole has great ones to explain proper technique.
The part about people not using their equipment/ DVDs is true too... A co-worker of mine was complaining about how she wanted this hot new fitness DVD, so I offered to borrow and possibly purchase her old DVD so that she could use the money to cover the cost of the new one.
This is sooooo true. I went to a local gym in allentown, pa. The gym was fantastic untill I sat down with the sales(membership) team. They told me that it would cost $199 for the one time enrollment fee and first/last month membership fees at $34.99x2. After showing my resentment about joining the guy gave me a free 1 week pass. I used the pass enjoyed the gym free for the week and one night the manger from the gym called trying to get the sale. after talking with him for about 15 mins and explaining how I loved his gym however, I could not afford it he cut my enrollment fee down to $99!! and is letting me pay that over 2 MONTHS. I did have to pay the $34.99x2 BUT, I saved $100.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So Haggle... and I did this at the end of February. Hope this helps.
Thanks for the tips! I actually DID negotiate with the gym close to home. Had tried gyms with cheaper costs, but because they were a distance from home, and I'm kind of weird about using their showers, I was less apt to go...especially on a cold New England morn. Finally called the gym that's walking distance and though it was a bit over what I wanted to pay, I negotiated down - because I'm 57 & their senior rate starts at 60, the manager offered me the senior rate - with 2 personal training sessions. Great deal! So your suggestions DO work!
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