How much does a gym membership cost you?
These days, gyms are very successful. To maintain a good physical condition or to reshape the body and lose a few extra pounds, sessions must be given by a coach and supported with equipment. While many people consider these sessions in a gym to be of little importance, for others they are very beneficial activities, the cost of which varies according to a number of criteria... So the question is the following one: how much does a gym membership cost?
In an article published in the American Economic Review in 2006 (1) Stefano Dellavigna and Ulrike Malmendier studied the behavior over approximately forty months of customers of three American gym clubs with a choice of three formulas: pay-per-session, monthly membership, and annual membership. We will focus on customers who have chosen the monthly subscription to illustrate our point.
(1) Vigna, Stefano Della, and Ulrike Malmendier. "Paying not to go to the gym." The American Economic Review 96.3 (2006): 694-719.
Customers who chose this package paid at least $70 per month for a monthly membership. Pay-per-session was $10 per session. Monthly subscribers had to do at least seven sessions per month to be profitable. In other words, going to the gym twice a week, with a joker for one session per month. But they went to the gym an average of four times a month: once a week in short. This figure depends little on age and gender. So you soon realized that they had chosen the wrong package (for the most part).
The purpose of this article is not to encourage everyone to stop going to the gym, quite the contrary, but rather to encourage you to think carefully before buying a gym membership and think about all the other alternatives.
How much does a gym membership cost, from the most luxurious to the "low cost"?
A phenomenon that attracts a lot of people, following fitness workouts is very popular in the United States and many people are seduced by it. There are gyms with very efficient infrastructures and coaches with a touch of luxury overall.
To have access to it, you need about $2,000 for the individual membership card, which is valid for one year. As a member, you can be personally supervised and have access to a coach while having access to the various facilities. Note that at some very prestigious institutions, the annual membership can cost up to $3,000. For a monthly membership, you have to pay about $190. And a coaching course is evaluated between $70 and $120 for one session.
However, there are places that offer "low cost" packages. As we can see in the previous picture, the national gym chains' rates range from $164 to $1,330 per year. Still more reasonable than the most prestigious gyms... The average gym membership costs between $40 and $50 a month, but when you add the initiation fee, you’re looking at as much as $800 a year.
These sources come from an article on the same subject. For more detailed information, I invite you to read this article: Are gym memberships worth the money?
What about CrossFit?
CrossFit is a formula that originated in the 1970s in the United States. It is a discipline that includes several types of sports. Crossfit consists mainly of cardiovascular training, muscle strengthening, and breathing exercises. These exercises are used to measure and tame flexibility, endurance, strength, power, motor skills, and balance.
The cost of this "Crossfit" membership is quite high for those who are used to the "low cost" membership, as the average monthly subscription is approximately $160 in the United States.
If you want to learn more about CrossFit Membership Prices Around the US & The World, click on the link.
Criteria for a good gym:
To be able to evaluate the price of access to a gym, and to choose one, several criteria must be taken into account so that the sessions do not ruin you. For example, you need to be fixed on the typology of the members, the experience of the place, and the staff. The parameters that come into play when evaluating the cost of membership are the basic activities and the additional activities.
Small extras that justify the prices are the access to a personal coach, the diversity and quality of the facilities. As far as equipment is concerned, the essential machines for complete exercises are those for a cardio area; those for the large room for group classes, warm-ups and stretching, and those for a weight-lifting corner.
Okay, so how do I workout for cheaper?
Certainly, some gym memberships can be very expensive, but we must not forget that these gyms promote fitness and well-being and, in general, their price is quite reasonable considering mechanical maintenance, equipment costs, and employee overheads.
However, it is difficult to justify this cost when the chances of regular attendance are so unfavorable.
If you don't feel ready to invest as much money in these gyms membership, that you don't know if you will have the motivation or even the time to go work out at least twice a week, I have the solution for a much more reasonable price.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends these exercise guidelines: Get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. This is easily achievable without a gym membership.
Although the equipment you choose to purchase depends on a number of factors, including your goals, the type of exercise you want to do, and the space you have available, I will recommend 3 inexpensive, highly effective home workout equipment that is suitable for any type of workout you want.
Fitness/Strength training equipment as an alternative to the gym:
Let's say you buy all the equipment I recommended in this article, knowing that the average gym membership costs between $40 and $50 a month, over a period of one year, you will have saved about $500.
These 3 home fitness equipment are worth it. Having tested them I can assure you that they are of good quality and worth the price. I let you discover...
The Resistance Bands Set is clearly one of the best home workout equipment I've ever seen. It offers unprecedented training sensations. It allows you to stimulate the growth of your muscles while protecting your tendons and joints by respecting the natural elasticity of your muscle fibers with each movement.
The resistance bands set enables more than 200 different exercises with different range of resistance and weight. It activates your full body core muscles, allowing you to have a full workout at the comfort of your home. You can train every part of your body with this kit. It's incredible. You will have the same feelings as a workout at the gym.
I have tried this fitness mat and I can assure you that I am not disappointed. It doesn't slip, it's not too thick or too thin, it absorbs perspiration, and it's not too small or too big. In short, it's the carpet of dreams. With this fitness mat, you will be in perfect positions for bodyweight training!
These small resistance bands are perfect for working well-targeted muscles such as the butt and legs. Each loop band costs $9.99 but Haryzona offers cheaper packs.
Indeed the packs are interesting because they allow you to work each muscle at the resistance of your choice. (Some muscles are more powerful than others and therefore need more resistance and vice versa).
You can buy 3 resistance bands for only $19.99 or 5 resistance bands for $29.99. The small pack is equivalent to 2 bought, one for free. The big pack is equivalent to 3 bought, 2 for free.
These are the 3 fitness equipment that I use for my workouts at home, and in my opinion, they are essential equipment to train in the comfort of your own home.
Ps: Resistance bands also have a real advantage over the weights found in gyms. Indeed, they are much more adapted to the physiology of the body because, thanks to the progressive resistance, they do not damage the muscle or the joints during the effort. If you want to know more about this, I talk about it in this article: Resistance Bands vs Weights.