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What gym do you belong to? How much does your membership cost and for how long of a period of time? What features does the membership fee include? Are you happy with your gym?

Mon. Aug 7, 11:54pm

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Gym X

Gym X. I got a dicount for being a student and for signing up on a holiday when they were doing a special. The features include free classes, sauna, I think you have to pay extra for a trainer, I never use one though. They also have tanning beds and i believe those are also extra. The club stays open 24 hours and it closed on the 4th of July but i don't know about the other holidays, I am sure they are closed on Thanksgiving day and Christmas Day.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 12:12 AM

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I belong to LA Fitness in Seattle (downtown Bellevue, WA to be precise)

$34/mo with no more than a $3 increase per month annually for as long as I remain a member. There was a $150 sign-up fee. I may cancel anytime but the cacellation will not go into effect until the next billing cycle (30 day cycle). The membership includes use of all facilities (machines, weight room, pool, locker rooms, etc) and also includes all classes (no extra fees) and child care. They do not offer a towel service or locker rentals at my location, but other locations offer this and those things are extra. They also validate parking. They are quite nice, the staff is solicitous but not pushy, they have plenty of equipment and it's all in good shape, and above all it is clean. They are open 6 am to 11 pm. Oh you also get a key card with a personal pin so you can access the gym by alternate entraces (besides the front desk) and for the pool room.

I do like them, but haven't been there much lately because I've been exercising outdoors. We'll see how the next few months go and I'll decide wether or not I should keep the membership.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 12:42 AM

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That's an unfair question. You can join a gym in the back of beyond for $20 a month and that might be considered expensive, while joining a similar facility for $60 a month in a major city would be a steal.

Wealthy NJ suburb of NYC: Fitness Express $29/month if you sign up for THREE years, $49 for one year (works like Curves), and you can bargain. Workout World (WOW) is similar but is a normal gym with cardio, weights and classes.

Manhattan: Chain gym like NYSC, Crunch, etc run $70-90 month, significantly less if you pay for the whole year up front. Also varies if you want a one-gym membership or a "passport" membership (+$20/month) to use all their locations. Somewhat nicer places like NY Health & Racquet run $100/month, and the Reebok Club is, I believe, $300 month. Neighborhood non-chain gyms can be pretty cheap, like $300-400/year, but they tend to have old equipment, half of it broken, and no or few classes.

Both of the above situations come with ridiculous sign-up fees ($199 seems to be standard), but certain months of the year they waive that, like January and July. Other months they might reduce it.

Run-of-the-mill chain gym features/amenities: Tons of cardio equipment, usually with their own TV screens these days; full locker room with towels/shampoo/etc provided; fitness classes; free weights; decent Nautilus-type equipment; personal trainers (for additional fee, of course). Some of the locations might have unusual features like a boxing ring, a pool, or a rock-climbing wall.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 12:42 AM

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Gold's Gym in Sacramento
Month to Month membership costs $60/month
It's a 1.5 year old facility with massive amounts of aerobic machines, a pilates room, a yoga room, a spinning (cycling) room, and an aerobics room, plus almost the entire bottom floor has weights and resistance machines. The locker rooms have saunas and there is a co-ed jacuzzi tub.
I joined because of the Body Pump classes. Body Pump is a 1 hr class that uses weighted bars to work upper and lower body. It's great for those who feel intimidated by the weights but want to build muscle.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 1:10 AM

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a gym you go to = worth any price

IMO. Pick a gym that you feel good in, and you are more likely to go and actually make use of it. My gym is 24hour fitness. What I like about them is a) windows and sunlight, good atmosphere, b) all classes are free, c) I got a membership where I can go to multiple branches (actually any in the country). The free classes for me was key in losing weight, I started at a university gym, then 24hour. If all the classes are open then you can always fit something into your schedule.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 1:21 AM

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also, I think its important to pick a place you feel comfortable in. I started my weight loss journey at a YMCA full of grannies (who were STILL more buff than me!) -- then when I felt more confident I went to the univerisity gym, now I'm at a gym with body builders and dancers, where the classes are really tough! Of course, you should feel able to go anywhere, but if you feel intimidated you might start somewhere less intimidating.
You can ask to try a class out before you commit, see if you like the classes.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 1:26 AM

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I work out at the university gym where I got my Master's degree. $102 per semester for alumni, which averages out to just over $25/mo. Lots of cardio equipment, weight machines, free weights, track, pool, sauna, racquetball courts, classes (some cost extra), trainers and nutritionists (cost extra).

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 8:46 AM

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I go to our local YMCA - and it is fabulous! It has all brand new equipment and has a ton of classes that are included with the membership. I also got 3 initial training sessions when I joined.
Sign up fee - $45.00 (I think)
Monthly Fee - $45.00

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 10:32 AM

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I go to Golds, I live in a big city, I paid $89 sign-up fee and $22 per month. I also have access to 9 gyms in the area which is helpful because I live in an outlying area and have a gym near my home and also one near my work. The one near my home has the typical weights, machines, etc but also a womens only area, pool, and childcare with a playscape. Its great.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 10:36 AM

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