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What's important to you when selecting a gym?


 
I got the sad news today that my gym is closing at the end of the month. This gym was the perfect set up for me. Literally a block from my work and it only cost me $20/month, it was just what I needed to spend my lunch hour working out.
 
The owners (nicely) set up a "deal" with a gym that is only a couple blocks from my current gym for all of us SOL members. Unfortunately the price for this new gym is double what I pay now. I looked at this gym's Web site and they have quite a few amenitites that my old gym does not (the main one being an indoor swimming pool, but other things too).But the reason I picked my gym originally was 1) price, and 2) location.
 
So my question to all of you is, what's important to you when selecting a gym?

StolzeMama StolzeMama 4 years 31 weeks
being a mom, I look for a good childcare program first. My last gym I paid 70 a month for my husband and I because it was a part of the hospital I work for. But their childcare was $3 per child per day. With 2 kids thats about $70 more a month just to have them watch my kids. I found myself never going to the gym because it was too hard to wait until my hubby got home from work. So now I pay $80 a month at In Shape City. Which is for both me and my husband and UNLIMITED daycare for my kids. They were brand new, had everything I need there....Plus they have a waterslide :) No Brainer (also 24 hr fitness closed down due to them, and we only had 2 other options. AS long as a gym has a circuit, treadmill and decent group classes Im good with them
T-S T-S 4 years 32 weeks
My company actually reimburses up to a certain amount of gym memberships, but I basically live and work downtown where even after the reimbursement I'm still looking at $40 a month out of pocket. Over a year, that's $480, which is more than I have paid for the gym equipment I have at home that is a great setup for working out: exercise bike ($150), treadmill ($100), adjustable dumbbells weight set ($40) and some workout DVDs (about $8 apiece). I'm always scoping ellipticals on craigslist but I can always seem to find something better to spend $200 on.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 4 years 32 weeks
Location is the most important to me, like lilkimbo, I won't go if I have to travel too far. I'm also a night owl so I like to be able to go at all hours (this is why 24 Hour Fitness won for me). Spa tubs and and saunas are also important because I dance Ballet and it really helps to be able to work out the kinks sitting in the warm water with jets. Otherwise I'm flexible. I spend most of my time on the Ice Rink with my coach or in the Ballet Studio with my instructor anyway and they take care of my sport specific needs. The gym just gives me the extra boost.
syako syako 4 years 32 weeks
Wow, I never thought of that about hotels. There's tons of them around here. Very interesting! I will call a few gyms nearby and see what rates they give me. That's a great idea.
mrsld mrsld 4 years 32 weeks
Sy- I would haggle with them. Tell them that you would LOVE to join their gym but it is too expensive and that gym XYZ further down the street is cheaper and you might go with them instead. They don't have to know that you aren't interested in going to gym XYZ. Also, equinox is not cheap but often they offer great start up deals and other gyms will compete on price so you don't switch away. Oh and I also got a discount on my gym by getting a doctor's prescription. No tax and no sign up fees. Try that too. Also, do you have any hotels near your work? The gym I go to is actually part of the fitness center at a hotel conference center. The rates are cheaper, equipment is great and there are hardly any people there. It doesn't have a great class schedule but I never go to them anyway.
syako syako 4 years 32 weeks
...jealous you work a mile from home... ;) I think what I'm going to do is talk to the new gym people (they're going to be at my "old" gym for a couple of weeks) and see if I can try it out without signing up. That way I can gauge how long it takes me to walk there, how busy it is when I will be going, and see if it's even worth trying to negotiate a price.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 32 weeks
I am late to this thread, but location is the most important thing to me, simply because I won't go if it's not convenient to home, work, or both. I only work about 1.5 miles from home, so most everything I do is contained in the same little area. The weekend is pretty much the only time I venture out. Well, sometimes I venture about a mile in the other direction on weeknights, but you get the picture. Price would be the second most important thing to me; even if you can afford the higher cost, why waste the money? Although, $40 still doesn't seem too steep, so if I were in your situation, I'd just go with the new place they're suggesting that's close to you.
syako syako 4 years 32 weeks
...that's what I figured...
samantha999 samantha999 4 years 32 weeks
equinox is so far from cheap its not even funny
syako syako 4 years 32 weeks
gah -- they're cheap
syako syako 4 years 32 weeks
That's true Star, not listing rates usually doesn't mean their cheap. :P I'll work on perfecting my pout tonight, it will be my at-home workout! :D
starangel82 starangel82 4 years 32 weeks
I looked on Equinox's website. They don't list rates. I never consider that a good thing.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 4 years 32 weeks
Oh no Sy! If it's too expensive you could try working out at home. Not as fun but cheap.
samantha999 samantha999 4 years 32 weeks
only if its a straight guy or you risk annoying them and they will charge you double. a little pout though can work. :)
syako syako 4 years 32 weeks
My coworker suggested crying. :D I think the closest one is the gym they've set up a deal with. There's two more that are probably a good three blocks farther. And then an Equinox is opening "Spring 2010" pretty close by, but I'm pretty sure they're super expensive, non?
samantha999 samantha999 4 years 32 weeks
well try being persuasive or flirt a little.
starangel82 starangel82 4 years 32 weeks
Sorry your gym is closing! That sucks. I think location would be my top pick followed by price.... that is if I ever went to the gym. Are there any gyms close to work like this one was?
syako syako 4 years 32 weeks
It is Sam. I definitely will try that, but I don't know if it will work because this new one seems like more of a chain.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 4 years 32 weeks
Ugh, that sucks! I picked my gym because it was brand new...sparkly clean...they have tons of gym equipment (I never have to wait for a machine)...and it was right down the street from my job (at the time).
samantha999 samantha999 4 years 32 weeks
Isn't that the gym yo bargained with? Maybe you could make a deal with this one - try $30.00/month to see if you like it for the first 6 months.
syako syako 4 years 32 weeks
I know Amy! I mean, we can afford to pay more, but I don't want to if I don't have to, you know? I'm just trying to reason through this... is it better to pay more but get some cool stuff (that I would use) or just find a really affordable gym that might be more of a hike to get to?
MartiniLush MartiniLush 4 years 32 weeks
Oh, Sy, so sorry to hear about your gym. I know how much you loved it! I am thinking that location/convenience is my big selling point right now - things are so crazy between work and my little man's school and activities - I need some place that is close by and easy to get to!
amybdk amybdk 4 years 32 weeks
Ugh! What a bummer - so sorry to hear your gym is closing. That was a steal - $20/month!
syako syako 4 years 32 weeks
Otherwise, I'm just blue :cry: