Reader Interactions


  1. Lauren

    I totally agree with you. Some no frill gyms just aren’t worth it and if you go with someone else you’re more likely to go AND make better use of your $’s spent. I’ve signed up to 3 gyms through Groupon over the last 8 months and have enjoyed my last one, (a local non chain gym that I go to with my brother). It actually motivates me to go. I got hit with a “sign up fee” which covered my key fob. I wasn’t happy about it, but it’s definitely something to be aware of. Summer offers a bit more of an outdoor workout option. But, you have to be motivated and be a bit more creative with what can be done outdoors, which can often deter people.

    • WellKeptWallet

      I’m glad to hear you found a gym you like. I’m not sure where you live, but summers here are when people stay inside. I actually think more people workout inside in AZ when it is 120 degrees.

  2. Michelle

    We used to have a membership but don’t anymore. We bought everything for our own home gym and love it!

    • WellKeptWallet

      I’m glad to hear the home gym is working out for you, Michelle!

  3. Little House

    Many years ago I signed up with a popular gym and unknowingly signed a 3-year contract. The first 6-months, I used it. After that, I didn’t, but still had to pay the fees. It really did not work out very well for me. I prefer taking walks, riding my bike, or working out in the gym in our apartment complex. All three are FREE!

    • WellKeptWallet

      Wait! You have a gym in your apartment complex? I would be hitting that up regularly if we had one of those!

  4. Grayson @ Debt Roundup

    When I had a gym membership, I went all of the time. After the gym sued me because of their clerical error, I have not been back to the gym. I am lucky that my wife is an athletic trainer. I don’t get to use excuses at home.

    • Deacon

      You were sued by the gym? That is crazy. It’s a good thing your wife is a trainer then, for sure.

  5. Daisy @ Young Finances

    I have a gym pass. It is worth it for me because it’s really, really low cost ($15/month) and it is all I need. Even if I only go a few times per month it’s still worth it. But I can see how it’s not worth it for some.

  6. KK @ Student Debt Survivor

    I haven’t had a gym membership in years. I enjoy jogging outside and can do so pretty much year round here. On the snowy days when I can’t jog I try to pop in a dvd.

    • Deacon

      KK, do you have a workout DVD that you recommend?

  7. Simon @ Modest Money

    Well, I think I am among the lucky few here since we have a company gym at my place of work. You can hit it whenever you feel like blowing off some steam. 🙂 It’s the best perk of the job so far. Well, we don’t have a pool though!
    Beyond the company one, I haven’t actually explored gym-memberships…I jog a couple of miles some days, mostly weekends, and hit a campus swimming pool nearby…Thats it!
    I think as with all things, you should pay only if you are getting value from it that you cant get with freely available options.

  8. SB @ One Cent at a Time

    I have seen people losing weight only after joining a gym. On the other hand, I keep my weight in control without joining a gym…

    • Deacon

      I am impressed, SB. Not everyone has that kind of self control.

  9. Paula jungwirth

    I joined our local YMCA. I love it! My husbands employer supports it, and we get 10% for a single or family membership. I go four days per week for pool-classes and tons of classes offered all week. They have certified trainers. I also go with a friend, hence the accountability factor! The winters in Wisco are long, icy, snowy, and cold. I consider this an investment in my health, which is priceless! ❤️??

    • Deacon Hayes

      I’ve never thought about joining the YMCA. I’m glad to hear it is worthwhile!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *