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Gym Memberships: Are They Really Worth The Money?

By Edited Apr 28, 2016 4 5



Everyone is always concerned about their appearance and overall health. Some individuals decide to diet, while others exercise regularly. When people become obsessed with their physical appearance they tend to join gyms. 

Gyms can serve many purposes. Their primary purpose is to help members stay in shape and maintain excellent health. Other reasons include toning and body building. Professional athletes must also use gyms in order to keep up with their intense careers. 

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So, is a gym really worth the money if you are just a “regular person”? The average gym membership will cost a person around $750 a year (that figure includes the initiation fees). If a member is consistently with a gym for a longer time period, the number typically goes down to about $525 annually. 

So, why do people love gyms so much? Apparently for many reasons, they can interact with others, use different types of equipment, use other facilities the gym has to offer, and get access to a personal trainer. One must remember, if a personal trainer comes into the picture, the overall gym costs start to increase drastically. According to research, the average personal trainer could charge anywhere between $30 to $80 an hour. But what if you want to join a Yoga or Pilates class as well? That will cost you even more money (if it is not included in a package). 

Another issue with gym memberships is the interactive community. Are they really as interactive as people claim? Most people are using loud machines and listening to their headphones. Others are talking on their blue tooth’s while on the treadmill. Maybe they are not as interactive as everybody believed. 

Next are the machines that the gym members get to use. Typically, they are covered in germs and the last guy's sweat. You may want to invest in Lysol wipes before using the Seated Calf Machine.

An interesting machine at the gym is also the most common used machine. Which machine is it? The answer is the Treadmill. The majority of people spend way too much time on Treadmills. There is a much simpler way to get this form of exercise. You can just take a walk around the block or at the park. 



There is no doubt that some people love going to the gym and that is perfectly fine. In reality, they can just purchase Dumbbells, a Treadmill, a Squat Rack, and even a Leg Curl Machine for a decent price online or in a store. Once these items are purchased an individual will save a ton of money over a long period of time. Furthermore, this day and age, there are free videos and tutorials on every corner of the internet on how to do these exercises. 

Some people will always be fanatical when it comes to working out at the gym, and that is great. As long as they have the money to invest into their ridiculously expensive pastime.


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Dec 3, 2014 1:20am
I tried the gym after a cardiac event. I lasted maybe ten minutes before I walked out. There is a 'culture' at the gym and I really was not all that impressed. If the staff wasn't hounding me like a sales lady working on commission, the people were either staring at me strangely or they flat out ignored me.
Dec 4, 2014 9:43am
Yeah, gyms are for only people who enjoy the environment and are willing to pay big bucks.
Sorry to hear about your health issue.

Thanks for the comment and I hope you stay well!
Dec 4, 2014 1:27pm
I frequent my work gym and its better than most office gyms and I have to say I think paying for a membership is a ripoff. So many exercises and routines can be done at home with a simple pair of dumbbells or kettle bells.

Thanks for the article.
Dec 11, 2014 12:38am
Great article! I too debate the actual value of a gym membership when I could just as easily set up a home gym with much more privacy and affordability than corporate gyms.
Dec 27, 2014 3:33am
I like your article, though I do not agree with it. You start off by saying that the average gym customer pays a monthly fee for the primary reasons of getting into shape and to be extremely healthy. First off that reason is a great reason to start. The “regular person” might need the added motivation or the basic knowledge on lifting form. While some gyms do charge extra for classes, most large gym organizations offer classes for free as an incentive to keep customers. Yes a personal trainer will cost you extra money, but you get what you pay for. Their only job is to make sure you meet your goals when you want to meet them. The point that follows is about the social interaction in the gym. While most people in the gym do like to wear headphones and at times seem a little intimidating, they are (for the most part) extremely friendly people. To go further these non-social gym members are so passionate, that they would gladly answer any questions that you, as the inexperienced, would have. The last bit I have is that these motivated health oriented individuals either don’t have the money or the space to purchase the standard equipment needed to have a complete home gym. Granted some people may only need kettle bells or dumbbells but people’s priorities are different. Which may require different equipment. The regular person can be lazy. If they do go to the gym, I hope excuses do not keep them from their goals. And so they, like others before them, will learn to really enjoy the experience a gym has to offer.
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