How Much Would You Pay for a Gym Membership?

Monday, May 14th, 2012 by from Thrifty Mom's Two Cents

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I have a love – hate relationship with my gym membership.

I love the gym itself. It’s clean. There isn’t a bunch of hair in the showers, people wipe down machines when they finish, and childcare offers actual classes like Zumba for Kids and Music and Motion for parents with kids throughout the day. It’s a drive, but once I get there I always am glad I am a member. And I love the yoga classes they offer.

I don’t love the time of the month when the bill rolls around.

It’s not the cheapest gym in town. I pay for that great childcare area, but it feels like a necessity. When we first moved here I paid for membership at another gym and the childcare was horrid. So horrid, in fact, that one day the childcare worker was on the phone when I dropped my daughter off, and when I returned, she was seated in the same rocking chair still chatting while my daughter sat on the floor, alone, with some blocks. I complained and cancelled the next day.

I need a gym membership because my husband travels, and when he’s out of town and I want to work out, I can’t do it unless I have a safe place to put my kids. A babysitter would cost an arm and a leg for three times a week, so the gym is actually cheaper than hiring someone to come to the house so I can run a few times. And my girls are at that age where they are too big to put in strollers but still too small to really go out with me for a 3.5 mile bike ride while I run. (I know; I’ve tried!) Of course, they aren’t old enough to stay home on their own, which brings me back to the gym.

And the fact that it’s not cheap. 

An article in the Sunday paper from Jacksonville, Florida talked about new gyms charging just $10 per month with no extra fees and no yearly contracts. My heart leaped! What a great idea! Bare bones gyms, where you go in, use machines, and go home. Of course, this doesn’t include childcare, and they don’t have pools, as ours does. Still, $10 a month I can imagine paying for the use of a treadmill. These gyms added on extras, like classes, for an additional ten or twenty per month. All in all, still around $30 per month to get in a workout. 

Next year gym childcare options won’t make as much of a difference for me, because both kids will be in school full-time. I can run and get work done while they are in school, even when husband travels. Now, though, I need a clean gym with childcare, and in our small town the costlier gym to which I already belong appears to be the best option. 

How much would you pay for a gym membership each month – one that included great childcare – if, without it, you wouldn’t get a workout in? Or would you skip the workouts or do something as an alternative, like workout at home?

What do you think? How Much Would You Pay for a Gym Membership?

Kathy MurdockAuthor

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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7 comments

  1. Avatar of Jessica Jessica says:

    Where did you get the mini stepper from?

  2. Avatar of AmberLynette AmberLynette says:

    ten dollars a month sounds good because diapers are pricey

  3. Avatar of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    I would pay ten dollars a day, I want the ten dollars a month.

  4. Avatar of Jacquelyn Jacquelyn says:

    I workout at home. Check out BodyRock.tv this woman puts up the best workout videos to use at home!!

  5. Avatar of mida mida says:

    I work out at home.and i love it i dont plan to go to gym. home is the best place for me….

  6. Avatar of Sara McTigue, CLCEditor Sara McTigue, CLC says:

    I’m impressed you can do the late-night workout. I can NOT sleep if I do that – and I l.o.v.e. sleep, so that’s a no-go for me!
    I just joined one of the cheapie gyms, and I try to squeeze in 30 minutes here or there between drop-offs and pick-ups from school and whatnot. Plus one weekend visit is my goal. I’d work out at home, but with three kids who want to know what I’m doing, I don’t manage doing much!

  7. Avatar of Seity Seity says:

    I work out at home. No need for childcare, my son is quite happy to help me with my sit ups and push ups by adding resistance. I spent $20 on a mini stepper that let’s me move in place. I can work out any time if that means 11pm at night is the only chance I have after work, than no need to worry about the gym being closed.

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