Cost of gym membership?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Cost of gym membership?
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Wed, 10-13-2010 - 9:51am

Do you belong to a gym?






iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 10-14-2010 - 12:06am

I pay for my gym membership by the year, and it it $900.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-14-2010 - 7:33am
That's my old neck of the woods! I lived at Charles River Park way back when and was a member of the gym there. I'd definitely pay more for a gym with pools. I decided a long time ago, that convenience was an important factor in deciding what gym to join and it was worth it to pay more for one. Back when I lived in Boston, there weren't that many full scale gyms. The last place I joined was at the top of the Devonshire place but I don't think it's there anymore. It was really expensive but so convenient.





Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 10-14-2010 - 9:21am

Yes, for me, convenience and awesome classes/instructors are a must.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-14-2010 - 1:00pm
Bally's was big on signing people for a lifetime, at a super low fee, but higher initiation. My SIL joined and only paid about $30 for the year, for life. The problem with that, as business goes, is you get a huge influx of money in the beginning and then very little. The one nearest her closed and she's out of luck.





iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2006
Fri, 10-15-2010 - 11:55am

I belong to 2 gyms. One is free because I work there. The other prices everyone different so I did some negotiating and got it down to $29 inititation and $10 a month. Paying the initation grandfathered me in so my rate will never increase. Daycare is free at my free gym and the other is $2 for a first child and $1 for each additional child. There is a monthly rate available for that too but I don't go when I have my kids with me often enough to make it worth it.

The most I ever paid was $99 initiation and $49 a month.

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 10-15-2010 - 12:13pm
That's an awesome price for $10 a month. I don't think I've ever seen a gym with that rate! The walk in rate at my gym is $15!





iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Sat, 10-16-2010 - 1:16pm
I work on Devonshire St - what a small world! I know the gym you mean but something about it always seemed intimidating to me. At one point I worked at Copley Place and belonged to the gym at the Mariott hotel - they have a fabulous pool. At that time, I didn't use other equipment but I know they are well stocked for equipment but no classes. It was a very reasonable cost but once it wasn't convenient, I didn't go so I know convenience is everything.

Boston has a Sports Club LA at the Ritz Carlton now and that is the 'in' gym, but we have a bunch of other options, Beacon Hill Athletic Club, Boston Sports Club, FitCorp. But for me, the pools were the lure of the gym - I started out only wanting to swim. The day I joined, the very enthusiastic membership manager hooked me up with a trainer for two free orentation sessions. I figured 'why not?' He was/is so wonderful that after the two free ones, I decided to do a series of ten (which at the rate of once a week, got me through the summer). No where else in my life did I have a totally sweet, totally gorgeous person running around getting things for me (like weights, water, towels) and saying 'Good job' to me. Even if I hadn't seen results I might have been willing to pay for the service! But I found I loved loved loved lifting - I love what it does for my body, but I also love the challenge of being able to lift more/heavier. I also love the comments I get from other people - sometimes some muscley guy will be using equipment that we are waiting for, and he will offer to take the weight off for us. My trainer looks at him, smiles, and says 'I have to add weight for her.' Then he gives me a look like 'what did I tell you?' and that cracks me up.

I lift three times a week and it is the best feeling in the world!

SJ
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Sun, 10-17-2010 - 7:18pm
Small world! I worked on High St and State St so Devonshire Place was ideal for me at the time, plus my company eventually got corporate rates there to make it somewhat more reasonable. I think the biggest club I looked at, at the time, was in South Boston. It was huge and tempting but too inconvenient. My friend convinced me that the Sky Club at the Devonshire Place would be a good investment because I'd meet rich guys--those were her priorities.

I always highly recommend people start with a trainer. It can make all the difference in starting off on the right foot or not. Glad it worked out so well for you!