Tips and tricks for joining a gym without getting swindled, please!
January 5, 2011 9:37 AM Subscribe
How do you get a good deal on a gym membership? Is now a good time or a bad time to join a gym?
posted by palegirl to health & fitness (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Why don't gyms just have stated membership prices? Is it necessary to go through the whole song & dance and negotiation in order to sign up? It seems like such a hassle. How can you compare one to another?
Is just after new years the best or worst time to join a gym? Do they have good deals right now or jacked up prices? What should I expect to pay? How do I haggle/negotiate the rate?
I live in Seattle (Queen Anne and Ballard are my two home-base neighborhoods) and would welcome any specific recommendations. I heard that although they're pretty expensive, Olympic Fitness includes a monthly personal trainer session with membership. I would like a gym with a pool. Organized fitness classes are also a plus, I like that kind of structure.
My goals are to cross train outside of my regular practices, I work weird hours, and the QA community center pool's hours don't work with when I'm available to work out. Ideally I would like to meet with a personal trainer occasionally, but I probably can't afford it. Money is very tight so I want the best deal possible.