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While we love boutique fitness because of its many perks (small classes, rocking playlists), most studios are pretty expensive. And since a budget should not be what breaks your New Year fitness resolutions, we’ve rounded up the most affordable gyms out there.

While you shouldn't expect fluffy towels, some fitness health club chains offer more amenities than you'd expect—from saunas to swimming pools—and group classes or equipment with serious calorie-burning and fun potential. Plus, depending on what month you join,you can expect waived enrollment fees, special offers, and, of course, perks like sweatbands adorned with your host gym's logo.

Just keep in mind: while researching, we found that many of these 13 chains make it nearly impossible to get out of your contract (a true-to-life cliche!). So read the fine print before signing up—and then make a beeline for that open elliptical.

Editor's note: We realize your favorite affordable neighborhood gym might not be included. For this article we focused on the nationwide chains only. Feel free to tell us about your budget pick in the Comments section. And please note that all prices are estimates and don't include fees, which vary according to time of year and location.

Originally posted January 6, 2014, updated March 11, 2016.

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24 Hour Fitness

Various locations, $34–$94.99/month
Who’s it for: Swimmers and night owls

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Its home base is in California, but 24-Hour Fitness is a massive operation, with more than 400 clubs in 18 states, each designed to fit its location and members. (Soho’s includes lots of exposed brick, for example.)

There are three levels of membership, Sport, Super-Sport, and Ultra-Sport, that come with access to different amenities and services, but even at the lowest level, the perks are surprising for the price: many of the clubs have indoor pools for swimming laps, saunas, and steam rooms. Yes, even in New York.

The class selection is decent, with some top instructors (like Natalie Uhling and Keoni Hudoba, who've since moved on), and cool partnerships like Nike Training Club, and, of course, some (not all) clubs really are open 24-7, for those who like to get sweaty at 3 a.m.

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Gold's Gym

Various locations, about $45–$60/month; Gold’s Gym Express locations charge $9.99/month
Who's it for: Heavy lifters/bodybuilders, movie buffs

Gold’s Gym in Venice, CA, was the weight-lifting landmark where Arnold Schwarzenegger trained in his bodybuilding years. And to this day the brand has catered to heavy-lifters of all stripes, who expect state-of-the-art equipment, and perhaps saunas and tanning beds (even today!), but not fluffy towels or pretty interior design. Trainers who work at Gold’s tend to have bodybuilding training backgrounds, giving them a leg up on the affordable gyms without solid staff education.

Since Gold’s is a franchise, money is spent on equipment is up to owners, so locations can vary widely. Some have clean, spacious locker rooms with mouthwash and lotion. Others will inspire you to shower at home. And some have a Cardio Cinema, where you can be distracted by feature-length films on a giant screen while walking on the elliptical. (Rocky on repeat?)

You’ll notice a lot of women working out on Gold’s site, and there are other indications that the brand is going after this market, with Curves-style audio circuits and classes such as Zumba, yoga, cycling, and more.

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Blink

Various locations, $15–$25/month
Who’s it for: Never-leave-the-elliptical gym rats or those who want to try personal training

This Equinox-owned budget-friendly gym offers the modern design, quality equipment, and cleanliness of its parent company, with feweramenities and almost nogroup classes.

The best part of the affiliation is that you get access to personal trainers who were trained by Equinox for a fraction of the cost ($30 for 30 minutes or as low as $27 with a package). And with more and more locations opening every month, there’s likely to be a super convenient one in your neighborhood soon.

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Crunch Gym

Various locations, $70–$100/month
Who’s it for: Group class junkies

Crunch is hands down the mostaffordable spot for those who like to work out with friends—and flair. Its group classes include the requisite yoga, Pilates, barre, and spinning, but also fun and wacky offerings from Broadway or hip-hop cardio dance to drumstick-based POUND to Olympics-themed conditioning.

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There’s huge variation from gym to gym in terms of how nice the facilities are, so take a tour first if you’re a clean freak. In terms of amenities, they recently started stocking Bliss products in locker rooms.

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Lucille Roberts

Various locations, $25-$30 per month
Who's it for: Popular pick for the girl who likes to get her sweat on—without feeling self-conscious

Lucille Roberts founded the first of the 45 locations in 1969, right near Macy's in New York, for women who felt vulnerable in coed gyms, and theno-guys-allowed brand is still dedicated to helping members worry more about their fitness routine than their hair and makeup.

They have over 50 varieties of classes like Caribbean Dance and Chick Boxing, and workout support goes beyond the cardio machine lineup to an online community, where experts post recipes, workout tips, success stories, and more.

Online chatter surrounding Lucille Roberts isn't all positive, however. Many members headed to Consumer Affairs to post about unauthorized charges, contract issues, and filthy facilities. One Brooklyn member posted on her gym's Facebook page to say that "roaches have been around so long...they could do Zumba!" Another ex-member created a blogcalledLucilleRobbersduring her five-year battle to have her membership canceled.

Perhaps tellingly, we had some trouble connecting to someone about membership options, and the automated message involved a super-long promotion for $100 in free dining, and often ended with a dead dial tone.

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Bally Total Fitness

Various locations, rates start at $29/month
Who's it for: Fitness history buffs and goal setters

Bally was once the biggest fitness club in the country before struggling financially for several years and selling off many of its gyms, and it comes with even more fitness history—it took over workout icon Jack LaLanne's chain of gyms.

Now with 60 locations, it offers a slew of group classes and some gyms have pools, steam rooms, and saunas. A great perk: Upon signing up, members can take advantage of complimentary assessments to make a plan they can stick to and track progress.

A warning: A 2010 lawsuit accused the brand of sending fake past-due notices to former members to get them to renew, and Bally gym-goers have found it next to impossible to cancel their memberships. Also, locations may be closed on Sundays, especially in Manhattan.

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Curves

Various locations, about $35-$50/month
Who's it for:Your mom?

You probably know Curves as a women’s-only, mirror-free fitness center that appeals to your mall-walking Aunt Helen and track-suit-wearing granny in Tiny Town, USA. (Though there are locations in cosmopolitan cities.) Curves has just one 30-minute strength-training and cardio workout, done exclusively on circuit machines, and set to an audio tape that cues you to move the next machine. (“Coaches” are scant.)

Centers, of which there are more than 3,000 nationwide, are often an empty room that have a school-classroom or church-basement feel. (This one pictured is one of the most luxe we found.) A decade ago the founder's pro-life comments outraged members and franchise owners, and un-trendy Curves has been rehabbing its image ever since. More recently, they've launched a meal-plan program, and, in2014, the company launched ayearlong partnership with celeb fitness trainer Jillian Michaels, who helped them add12 new moves and circuits. As for somemuch-needed panache? You can be the judge of that.

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New York, Boston, Washington, and Philadelphia Sports Clubs

Various locations, $24.99–$99/month
Who’s it for: Frequent fliers and functional training devotees

The Town Sports family of Sports Clubs are a solid option for any exerciser, with reliable machines and decent-to-great classes depending on the location. Because of their popularity, though, they can be crowded: During peak hours in Manhattan clubs, you may have to wait for a treadmill or elliptical.

They’re also great options for athletic types (and the CrossFit curious), since theUXF Training Zones are stocked with functional training equipment like battle ropes, sleds, TRXs, and kettlebells.

Education of the personal training staff is uneven, with gems and duds. Maybe try a few trainers before deciding on one? But you'll generally feel good about hitting the tidy locker rooms before you head to work. (Just beware the rough, nearly exfoliating towels.) Bonus: If you travel between major cities for business, a $99/month passport membership allows you to use any club around the country.

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Planet Fitness

Various locations, plans start at $10/month, annual memberships available for $99 per year
Who's it for: Serious bargain hunters, cardio enthusiasts, those who like to use machines

With more than 500 locations nationwide, Planet Fitness markets itself as a “judgment free zone” that discourages grunting bodybuilders from using its facilities. The policy may make regular guys (and girls) feel welcome, and staff members are trained to be friendly and encouraging.

At some locations, Planet Fitness is the size of an airplane hanger. You'll find rows and rows of cardio equipment and strength machines that work just fine. The free-weight area is often smaller and therefore crowded. Group classes are not offered. But there are perks that have nothing to do with staying in shape, like free pizza, bagels, and cupcakes. Really.

You'll feel like you need to wash your hands after being there for just a little while, but since you're paying just $10 a month, you'll be able to afford really nice soap—and maybe those yoga classes you've been dying to try?

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THE Y (formerly YMCA)

About 10,000 locations nationwide; plans start at $10–$95/month per year depending on location
Who's it for: Swimmers, those who believe in a democratic right to fitness, and budget-hunters

Every town in America with a population over 20,000 has a Y, so rates, facilities, and offerings range more widely than the costumes of the Village People. In New York, where Ys share a website, you can pay $93–$95 at the swanky Vanderbilt or 14th Street outposts, about $70 at the Dodge Y in Brooklyn, or about $15 back in your hometown.

Indoor tracks, multilane swimming pools, and steam rooms are common amenities, as are weight rooms. Classes may include more programing for kids than adults, but in New York they include yoga, boot camp, Pilates, cycling, MELT, and may also be taught by cool fitness pros in need of real estate.

The client demographic ranges from runners and freelancers to budget-observing individuals working on reducing their cholesterol and blood pressure. In 2010, Michelle Obama launched her “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity at the YMCA inAlexandria, VA. That same year the YMCA rebranded as the Y, leaving off the outdated references to its origins.

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Crunch Essentials

Various locations, $9.95–$19.95/month
Who's it for: Suburban treadmill devotees

The chain’s franchised locations are like budget kid brothers, called “Essentials” for obvious reasons: They don’t come with nearly as many bells and whistles. There are basic machines and weights, and fewer classes.

The classes you do find won’t be the marqueereleases (at least, not until maybe a year or two after they run their course at regular Crunch gyms).

They’re also generally located outside of major urban centers (there are none in Manhattan, for example). But like Blink, they're are multiplying like crazy, with many opening in the next few months, in New York's outer boroughs and across the country.

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Retro Fitness

Various Locations; $19-$29/month
Who's it for:Nostalgicgym-goers who'd trade swanky digs for movies, smoothies, and tanning sessions

With its red-and-yellow color scheme, Retro Fitness could be confused for a McDonald's—and frankly, their monthly prices wouldn't set you back much more than a Big Mac.

You won't get fries with your workout at one of the chain's 130 (and counting) locations, but you will have access to the Retro Blends smoothie bar, the elliptical-filled movie theater playing '80s films on loop, and group fitness sessions with surprisingly good instructors (whose classes at other studios cost as much as a full month's membership here).

Just don't expect much in the way of bathroom amenities (there's not much more than soap and toilet paper offered up), and be aware that—like other low-cost gym options—this one is notorious for its hard-to-break contracts.

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Snap Fitness

Various locations; $30-$50/month
Who's it for:Out-of-towners, business travelers, and commitment-phobes

If you want the flexibility of using multiple gyms without the hassle and cost, Snap may be your best bet. All 2,000 locations (1,100 of which are located in 44 US states) are accessible 24-hours a day, for no extra fee.

The gym itselfhas the basics—rows of treadmills and ellipticals, machines for circuit training—but not much else. But for commitment-phobes, that shouldn't matter: There's no binding contract, so you simply pay-as-you-go.Find yourself #overit by Day 30? As long as you've either clocked in 30 minutes a dayfor three timesa week,created a Web page on mysnapfitness.com, or signed up for equipment orientation or fitness assessment, you can get a full refund. (Don't say they don't care.)

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FAQs

Which gym has the cheapest membership? ›

Five most affordable gym memberships
  1. Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness advertises itself as a gym for people who don't like gyms, with ads referring to every Planet Fitness location as a "Judgement Free Zone." ...
  2. Cardinal Fitness. ...
  3. Your Local YMCA. ...
  4. Gold's Gym. ...
  5. LA Fitness.
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What to do when you cant afford a gym? ›

7 Ways to Get Fit Without a Gym
  1. Take advantage of free workout videos. ...
  2. Walk when possible. ...
  3. Take the stairs. ...
  4. Get your hands on some basic fitness equipment. ...
  5. Get creative. ...
  6. Do bodyweight exercises. ...
  7. Make housework exercise time.
16 Mar 2020

Is paying for the gym worth it? ›

You'll have to fork over a monthly fee, but a gym membership gives you access to more machines, equipment and space than you have at home. Most gyms also offer extra perks we can't fit or can't afford in our own homes, such as tanning beds, swimming pools and steam rooms, that make a membership even more worthwhile.

Does Costco have gym memberships? ›

The Costco gym membership also lets you visit any 24 Hour Fitness location, making it that much easier to stay fit when you're on the road.

Can you get in shape without a gym? ›

While there are a lot of reasons to belong to a gym (like classes and equipment options), a membership definitely isn't essential to getting fit. At-home workouts are an excellent way to shape up without stepping foot in an actual weight room or fitness studio, along with some great ways to sweat outdoors, too.

How can I make my body fit? ›

If you want to start your journey to having a better body to feel great, here are some tips:
  1. Exercise Daily. Exercise daily for at least an hour. ...
  2. Eat the Right Foods and Portion Each Meal. ...
  3. Keep Track of Calories and Food Intake Per Day. ...
  4. Be Sure to Get Sleep. ...
  5. Stay Motivated.
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How do you negotiate a lower gym membership? ›

  1. Ask for end-of-the-month deals or discounts. Waiting to sign up until the end of the month can guarantee you a better deal. ...
  2. Pay cash or in advance. Cash is king when joining a gym -- especially a smaller gym. ...
  3. Look at other options and compare prices. ...
  4. Ask about off-peak hours. ...
  5. Look for family, friend or corporate referrals.
14 Jun 2022

How can I save money at 24 Hour Fitness? ›

Ways To Score a 24 Hour Fitness Membership Discount
  1. Use the 24 Hour Fitness Military Discount (and Other Deals) ...
  2. Explore Your 24 Hour Fitness Corporate Discount. ...
  3. Try 24 Hour Fitness for Free. ...
  4. Bring a Plus One With the Buddy Pass. ...
  5. Use the 24 Hour Fitness Initiation Fee Discount.

Do gyms ask for Social Security? ›

Many big box gyms may ask you for your Social Security Number when you are signing a membership contract with them. However, not all gyms will ask you to provide an SSN because a gym doesn't require a background check. Others may only require the last four digits of your SSN.

What to know before joining a gym? ›

Things to keep in mind before enrolling in gym
  • WEIGHT LOSS NOT THE ONLY GOAL. ...
  • KNOW YOUR TRAINER Neeraj Surana, strength and conditioning trainer, stressed that before becoming a member of any fitness centre it is important to know about your trainer and his qualifications. ...
  • BEWARE OF INJURIES. ...
  • DON'T RUN AFTER SIZE ZERO.
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What to ask before joining a gym? ›

12 questions to ask before you join a gym
  • What's it cost? ...
  • Is there a maintenance fee? ...
  • Do I have to sign a contract? ...
  • What's the cancellation policy? ...
  • What's my motivation? ...
  • Am I healthy enough for exercise? ...
  • Is the gym insured? ...
  • Do I have adequate health insurance?
13 Jun 2017

Can you negotiate a gym membership? ›

You may find membership discounts or deals on classes on a gym's website or through sites such as Groupon, Kufahl says. Negotiate a deal. When you decide which club you'd like to join, speak with a manager instead of a salesperson. Managers are more likely to be able to negotiate a better gym membership price for you.

Is gym good for weight loss? ›

All in all, adding weight training to your workout routine along with cardio exercise and a healthy diet is a great way to support weight loss. Weight training can support weight loss by burning calories during and after workouts and by preserving muscle mass to prevent your metabolism from slowing down.

What does a good gym have? ›

Cardio machines – In addition to treadmills and exercise bikes, there should also be elliptical trainers, rowing machines, stair mills, spin bikes, and other state-of-the-art cardio equipment; Stretching areas – A good gym should have a large space for stretching and plenty of stretching mats.

What makes the best gym? ›

10 Top Gym Features of a Successful Fitness Business
  1. Variety of Training. ...
  2. High-Quality Exercise Equipment. ...
  3. Thriving Community. ...
  4. Well-Designed Space and Facility. ...
  5. Member Amenities and Privileges. ...
  6. Digital Fitness Platform. ...
  7. Personal Training Services. ...
  8. Steam, Sauna, and Spa Facilities.
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Does Sam's Club offer gym discounts? ›

Both Sam's Club and Costco – local warehouse clubs with memberships – often have deals for members on gym memberships at various gyms.

Does AAA offer Costco membership discount? ›

AAA & Costco Members Discount. AAA members receive 10% off and COSTCO members 15% off most services with valid member ID.

How much is Equinox membership? ›

Equinox Prices & Membership Cost
Single club access membership
Initiation Fee$100
Monthly Fee$168
Membership Cancellation FeeNil
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Which gym is the cheapest UK? ›

10 Of The Best Cheap Gym Memberships In London For 2022
  • easyGym Camberwell. ...
  • Fitness4Less. ...
  • Fitness First. ...
  • Muscleworks. ...
  • Boom Cycle. ...
  • Better Health. ...
  • ClassPass. ...
  • Anytime Fitness.
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What is the average price of a gym membership UK? ›

What does the average gym membership cost in the UK? The average gym membership cost in the UK is £40 per month. Rates depend on the amenities provided, the amount of time you plan to work out, and the gym's location, among other factors.

How much should you pay for gym membership UK? ›

On average, a membership fee is about £40 a month. You can cut the cost by shopping around to check the prices of non-for-profit gyms and non-gym exercise classes, and seeing what pay as you go contract-free options are available.

How much should you spend on a gym membership? ›

After analyzing the prices of 16 popular U.S. gym chains, we found that the average monthly cost of a gym membership to enjoy the benefits of working out in 2021 is $37.71. Prices vary as well based on the membership; ranging from $31.00 with lower-tier memberships to $44.42 on higher-tier memberships.

Can you get gym membership on prescription? ›

Once a patient is referred by their GP to a specific gym then the staff at that gym (providing they are appropriately qualified) will work with the patient to prescribe and deliver some suitable exercises to them.

Why do gyms charge joining fees? ›

What is a gym or club joining fee? It covers the cost of setting up an account. This is often used top extract more money from customers. Most people will sign up online and the cost top the gym is negligible.

How old is a senior membership at better? ›

If you're 66 and over, you can get active in our gyms, swimming pools and fitness classes, at a competitive price in your chosen Better Leisure Centre.

What is pay play gym? ›

With a Pay and Play membership, adults and juniors can pay a small one-off annual membership fee, then enjoy a discounted rate to the gym, swimming pool or fitness classes.

What is the largest gym in the world? ›

Hydropark in Kiev, which is reputed to be the largest in the world at 39.2 million square feet, has a vast array of Soviet Union-era equipment.
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Biggest Gyms in the World
  1. 1 Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, Colorado – 142,000 square feet.
  2. 2 Life Time Fitness Gym, Tulsa, Oklahoma – 114,000 square feet. ...
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What of people go to the gym? ›

In the United States around 45 million adults (approx. 14 per cent of the population) have a gym membership, while in the UK 4.5 million adults (approx.

What are the current trends in the fitness industry? ›

The top three trends from ACSM's Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2022 include: Wearable technology: Devices like fitness trackers, smartwatches, and heart rate monitors that count steps and track heart rate, calories, sitting and sleep time, blood pressure, and respiratory rate.

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