My husband has been a regular user of a gym near our house for quite a few years now. It’s a small gym. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the mega-gyms in our area. But it has what he needs and the price is right.
Alas, it is going out of business. Probably due to that low price and the lack of bells and whistles.
He’s known that this was coming for a few months and has been scoping out other gyms in our area. The choices are plentiful and the prices are high.
Enter the city-run community center. It’s about ten minutes from our house and has recently been remodeled.
Yesterday after church my husband, son and I went to take a tour. This place was nice. Very nice. It had a cardio area with huge treadmills, elipticals, etc. Flat screen TVs that you can “tune into” with your own radio/earplugs. A free weight area. A Nautilus area. Two studios for group classes. Two gymnasiums for basketball. Plus extras like rooms to rent for parties, ping pong, pool, and video games. And all recently remodeled to boot.
The cost? A family membership to the community center is $280/year. A year! That’s a little over half of what my husband was paying for a single membership at his old gym. And we thought that rate was great. Clearly, this community center is being subsidized by our tax dollars so why not take advantage of it?
The $280 price doesn’t include group classes, but those are very reasonably priced as well. And since only myself and possibly my daughter would use group classes, the whole family isn’t stuck paying for them.
So if you’re in the market for a gym membership my advice would be to check with your city or county for community centers that offer memberships. Because these places aren’t marketed like for-profit gyms are, you might have a great option nearby and not even realize it.