The idea of joining a gym is something that strikes fear in the hearts of some and excites others. This is largely because joining a gym requires a certain amount of commitment, not only financial commitment but also the commitment to show up and do what you need to do in order to get in better shape. Of course, there are a lot of people out there that have been burned by having a gym membership somewhere else that didn't exactly give them everything it promised. There was a time when these types of memberships were notoriously difficult to cancel and even when you told them in writing you didn't want your membership to continue, they would simply draft money directly out of your bank account month after month after month.
Fortunately, most of the gyms that operate today do not operate with this type of business model. As a matter of fact, many of the ones that did this to customers years ago ended up being sued in class action lawsuits and eventually, closing down. It definitely sent a message to the entire gym community and most of them started paying attention and changing the way that they handled memberships for their clients.
Take Anytime Fitness, for example. This is a gym that is designed to serve the people within each community in which the gym is located. As a matter of fact, the cost of joining one of these gyms actually fluctuates depending on the community in question. More affluent communities have gym memberships that cost more money while communities that aren't as well off frequently offer membership at a discount. This ensures that they're connecting with their demographic in a much more effective manner. It's a good situation for all involved. The gym gets more members which ultimately gets them the maximum amount of money possible so they can keep their doors open. By the same token, the people that want to come to the gym have an opportunity to do so without breaking the bank and it gives them something to do and a way to achieve other goals in their lives, all through better fitness.
If you're looking for an estimate of how much it's going to cost you, a good round number is $25 to $35 a month. As previously mentioned, that number will increase or decrease depending on the gym and the particular neighborhood that is in question. Nevertheless, that's a very good deal when it comes to staying fit. There is usually only a small down payment, typically not more than $10 required to start your membership. You're probably also going to be happy to know that you can cancel that membership anytime, provided that you give the gym at least 30 days notice in writing.
So, what do you get for your money? For starters, you get the opportunity to go to any of the locations that the company has after you've been a member for 30 days. You also have access to virtually every type of workout equipment imaginable and you can get the help of personal trainers that can work with you one-on-one in order to help you set up a comprehensive exercise program that is designed just for you. There are also tons of classes available and a membership gives you the right to attend any of them or all of them, as many times a week as you feel like doing so. The same goes for visiting the gym itself. It doesn't matter if you come once a week or twice a day, a single membership fee covers all of it and you can spend as much time there as you want. Most of the gyms even have an area set aside for tanning and that too comes with your membership.
If you're looking for a gym that has the latest in cardio equipment as well as resistance training and free weights, you really can't do any better than what you will find at an Anytime Fitness location. The fees are more than reasonable, they have more workout equipment than you could possibly imagine, and they have plenty of extras to make sure that you always have something new that challenges you. When you consider how reasonable their rates are, it will probably make you wonder why it took you so long to decide to become a member in the first place.
Written by Garrett Parker
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