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I am considering joining Gold's Gym. Who else is a member? How much do you pay per month, and what start up fees did you pay, or did they waive them? I'm willing to join I think for $50 (I'm guessing that's what the monthly fee is) but I think the enrollment fee is a joke.
Before I meet with the Membership Director I'd like to know what other people are paying.
If you belong to Baly's or 24 hour fitness, I'd be interested in their pay structure as well for comparison.

Mon. Jan 23, 12:30pm

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I go to 24 hour and pay $27 per month. But I have been a member for around 5 years.

Monday, January 23, 2006, 1:18 PM

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I also go to 24 hour fitness, but i pay $40/month and can go to any 24 hr fitness across the country. I can add a family member for another $20/month so then it'd be about $30/month each which is reasonable.

Monday, January 23, 2006, 1:27 PM

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OP Here, Please also add where you live, as that may make a difference in the cost. SF and NY are probably double than let's say, Iowa.

Monday, January 23, 2006, 1:28 PM

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I go to Gold's in Austin, Tx. We have 13 gyms in this area which makes it very convenient for me. I go to one near my work at lunch a few times a week and one near my house afterwork and on weekends. They also offer childcare which my daughter loves. I pay $20.99/month through a corporate membership. I had to pay $78 enrollment fee. My husband joined after the new year and he got his membership for $30/month and no enrollment fee. Be prepared...they REALLY push the $50+ per hour training packages.

Monday, January 23, 2006, 2:29 PM

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Good to know, if I could sign up for $30/month and no enrollment fee, I would totally sign up. Did your husband get a discount through your corporate membership? Did he have to haggle to get that deal?

Monday, January 23, 2006, 2:33 PM

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My hubby and I invested in a treadmill when we figured out that with 2 memberships, we'd be paying about $950 a year for Gold's Gym.... For that amount, we got ourselves a really nice Nordick Track (we also sprung for the additional warranty) that has a lifetime warranty on the motor...

Monday, January 23, 2006, 4:27 PM

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Original 24 hour poster here. My membership is also for all clubs and I live in Sacramento California. My co-worker recently signed up with no enrollment fee for $30 a month for all clubs.

Monday, January 23, 2006, 5:02 PM

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Gold's gym poster here. My husband just walked in and got that price. He didn't have to haggle. I think it was the New Years deal for January. I am sure clubs in different areas are different but it doesn't hurt to call up and ask. If they tell you that you have to go in to get the quotes (which they will do) just tell them that you have already checked out the clubs and are more interested in pricing.

Monday, January 23, 2006, 5:24 PM

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Look for one that has a community feel

You are more liely to go if it has a community feel than if it is institutional.

Monday, January 23, 2006, 8:25 PM

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i go to ballys

i go to ballys in suburban chicago. i pay $16.50 a month for my wife and I i have been going there for three years and just found it out yesterday that the programs they have there the yoga, spinning powerflex classes are all included in my membership. i used to work out on my own in my own lil world working out in those classes really discplines u and gets u going. I would reccommend ballys if u are able to sign a three year agreement. or else i would reccommend LifeTTIME Fitness which is state of the art.

Monday, January 23, 2006, 8:40 PM

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