HOW I NEVER PAY FULL PRICE FOR MY GYM MEMBERSHIPS:
There are a thousand different ways to do this, but these are some “hacks” or tips that have worked for me.
For Boutique Fitness:
Email or call the gym owner, call multiple times if you need to in order to catch them in the gym. If you’re mega-introvert like I sometimes am, get to emailing.
Ask if they have any work programs for people who want to offer services to the business or work part time for the gym in exchange for a free or low-cost membership.
I operated the after-hours desk for yoga classes once a week in exchange for a free membership to a barbell gym for several years.
I cleaned the gym once every two weeks and after major events in exchange for a Crossfit membership.
The local Hot Yoga/Barre studio in my city offers a ‘Work to Sweat’ program where you staff the desk 2x/week in exchange for a $5/month membership. This was on their website, but hidden under a tab at the bottom, so sometimes it’s easier to just email a gym/studio to ask them what programs like this they offer and they can link you directly. ALSO… be sure to do the math. Some of these programs offer you little benefit and demand a lot of you. So be sure the math (hourly rate vs. the fees you would have been paying) makes sense for you.
If this doesn’t work, find out if your gym offers a pay-in-full price.
- You gotta know that you want to stay at that gym for at least a year, but many small gym owners are thankful for the money up front and will offer a big discount for paying in full vs. monthly. I currently pay in full for a Crossfit membership and it’s 55% less than the monthly rate.
Mega/Big Box gyms and community centers:
Dig around on their website or ask on the phone/in person about applicable discounts.
- Military/family of military discount.
- AARP/the like.
- Student Discounts (sometimes offered even with an old student ID).
- Membership discounts (sometimes evens omething like Geico).
The other option in a big box gym is to work part time in some way for a free membership. This could even be after-hours cleaning or promo work like flyering.
- I previously did event/promo shows for a gym and flyering at large campus events in exchange for a membership + once a week personal training. This was a big box gym, but they were working on expanding and the manager was open to “out of the box” ideas to get more people in the door. It never hurts to ask.
If none of this is getting you into your price range for a gym membership and you do best in a group fitness setting… consider community options.
The November Project (google it): free community workouts. My local chapter meets 2x/week and has no less than 100ppl at each meet up.
Meet Up dot com: At a glance, my local meet up has a hiking group, a group that does the park fitness loop thing, and about 4 running groups that I see.
An online program that has community meet ups. Street Parking is one that comes to mind. Fitness programming that encourages some facet of meeting up with others locally. If I look on Instagram with the hashtag of my city + Street Parking, I see that there’s a pretty regular group who mostly do their workouts at home, but meet once a week at a local park. Neat!
Will post more if more ideas/topics come to mind.