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Gym, is it worth the cost?

August 31, 2011 by Jay in Saving with 4 Comments

It seems that most people at some point in their lives have been a member of a gym. But are they worth the cost? Most people that I know personally sign up to the gym with all good intentions but for whatever reason seem to find an excuse not to go. This leads to a good £30 per month wasted if you’re not actually going to the gym on a regular basis.

Gym memberships will often tie you into a 12 month contract. This makes it even worse if you decide the gym isn’t for you as sometimes they make you pay a hefty cancellation fee before they let you out of the contract. Some gyms however offer a month by month or even a daily ‘pay as you go’ membership deal which works out much better for the occasional gym goer.

If you do decide to get a 12 month contract, certain gyms will discount your monthly bill if you persuade friends to join the gym and mention you as a referer.

Personally for me, I find the gym a worthy expense – I go about 3 times a week most weeks and I find I feel healthier in myself as well as looking better and being generally more comfortable with the way I look. So before signing up to a gym make sure it’s what you want to do or it could turn into an expensive waste of time. Remember to shop around for the best monthly price as there are usually a few gyms in the vacinity within driving distance. Also remember to see if the gyms you visit offer a monthly or even daily ‘pay as you go’ deal.


And no I’m not talking about you Grant :D

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  1. Grant CowenSeptember 1, 2011 at 11:12 pmReply

    YaY!!! I am famous!! :P

    Its definitely some good advice for alot of people to think about.

    Having got to the point where I am really unhappy with myself, I decided it was the best thing for me to do and take the benefits of joining a gym to get myself back in to shape. Although it will take time and effort.
    Some people though might be able to get by on just using a daily thing or even just going for a run near their house, saving them time and money.

    • AshSeptember 2, 2011 at 12:06 amReply

      Don’t be unhappy. You’re a stud. Yeah, you’re both right; it’s important to do what’s most beneficial to your health and your wallet. I think the most important thing is motivation. As long as you have something to push you into sticking with it, you’ll be fine. For some people, that might be a running buddy and for others it might be the atmosphere, routine or even the financial commitment of going to the gym. Personally, I don’t have a lot of spare time so having a treadmill and weights at home is a much better fit for my lifestyle. I know if I had a gym membership, I’d just get frustrated about wasting money or I’d force myself to go more than my lifestyle allows just to “get my money’s worth”. I think too many people make the mistake of thinking they NEED to go to the gym and use the cost as an excuse not to get fit. For your average unhealthy person on the street, there’s a hell of a lot they can do to get themselves into shape on the cheap. Like anything else where money’s involved, it’s all about return on investment.

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