Why does this gym membership fee increase as I age?
November 19, 2010 7:44 AM Subscribe
Is there a legitimate reason for structuring membership dues (and initiation fees) of a club based on age levels beyond just the usual "student" vs "everyone else" levels? Specifically I'm speaking of the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
posted by FlamingBore to sports, hobbies, & recreation (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am interested in joining a gym in LA and many people have said that the facilities at the LAAC are among the best in the city. It looks amazing so I inquired.
I received information this morning and initially wasn't too horrified. They have membership tiers for Student, Junior, Associate and Executive - and the monthly dues increase from Student to Executive, as do the initiation fees. Sweet! I thought - until I realized that the fees don't correlate to additional club benefits or anything like that - but they correlate to age!
I get that a student membership is often cheaper but the rest of this feels really strange to me. I might even be able to get on board with the monthly fees being elevated based on the assumption that as we get older we tend to have more disposable income but that still feels really gross. But the thing that is absolutely killing me right now is that at the rarefied age of 40 my initiation fee would be 5x that of a student and 2x that of a Junior member.
Can anyone here provide some clarity around this kind of thinking? Further, I know that in most fitness facilities membership dues and fees are negotiable. Does anyone know if LAAC is open to such tactics?