Joining a Gym

10 Simple Ways to Save on Gym Memberships

Don’t get sucked into spending unnecessary money. Here’s how to stay physically—and financially—fit

Money-Saving Strategies

10 Simple Ways to Save on Gym Memberships // woman running exercise gym treadmill picture © Thinkstock

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Joining a gym is an investment, but that doesn’t mean you have to shell out big bucks. The fitness industry is robust, which can work to your advantage. “Most cities have enough competition that if you can’t get what you want from one club, you can get it from another,” says Pam Kufahl, editor in chief of Club Industry, a magazine for fitness professionals. (Related: 6 Dirty Secrets Your Gym is Hiding From You) So while it’s tempting to make a quick commitment and get started on your fitness goals, taking a little bit of time to research membership options can save you a lot of money—both up front and in the long run. And remember, says Kufahl, “no two clubs are alike, so it never hurts to ask for something that you want.” Here, 10 ways to maximize your membership.

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