In order to get in shape, you must make a decision and commit to putting in the work. It also requires an investment – in time and often in money.
Choosing a gym can be a very personal decision. Location might be important to you. Perhaps you want a gym that you can pass by on your regular commute so you aren’t forced to make a detour.
Perhaps you want a large gym where you are one of many and the attention is not on you. Or, conversely, you could thrive in a smaller setting where you can build relationships with the trainers and other members.
Whatever your preferences, cost is also an important factor in figuring out which is the best gym membership for you. To make your decision a little easier, we’ve compiled information from six national gym chains with cheap gym memberships so you can compare availability, costs, and features.
What to look out for when buying cheap gym memberships
Gym membership is an ongoing financial commitment. You may be able to sign up during a promotional period that promises no joining fee or a free first month, but you’ll need to budget for the cost over the life of your membership.
It’s not uncommon to see monthly gym membership fees top $50 — although we’ve tried to highlight cheaper gym memberships below. In addition, many gyms charge an annual fee and an admission fee.
Depending on what’s included with your membership, you may have to pay for additional perks like certain group fitness classes, time with a personal trainer, massages, or tanning beds.
Before concluding a contract, check whether your membership blocks you for a certain number of months. If you end your membership before the agreed duration, you will likely be charged a penalty.
Many gyms offer free trial sessions, so take advantage of these offers to get a better feel for the facilities before you sign up. Or if you know someone who is already a member, they may be able to get you a guest pass.
6 national chains with cheap gym memberships
Editor’s note: Membership costs were obtained online on January 7, 2022 and are subject to change. Prices may vary depending on location and current offers. Check with your local gym for restrictions due to COVID-19.
1. Youfit fitness clubs
Where: Youfit Health Clubs has approximately 80 locations in 10 states: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia.
How much: The basic membership fee is $10 per month. The Premium tier (which includes group fitness classes and sauna access) costs $24.99 per month, and the Premium+ membership (which includes a nutrition program) costs $39.99 per month. Youfit Health Clubs also offers on-demand workout videos for $4.99 per month. Joining fees and annual fees vary by membership package.
What’s included: Depending on their location, these clubs offer top-of-the-line equipment, free weights, group fitness classes, express circuits, personal trainers, tanning beds, and childcare. Premium and Premium+ members can also bring a free guest at any time, visit any Youfit location, and get unlimited access to group classes at select locations — as well as other exclusive offers.
Try it: Receive a free guest card for one-time use.
2. Planet Fitness
Where: Planet Fitness has over 2,000 gym locations in all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and Canada.
How much: Monthly fees are $10 for just one location or $22.99 for a Black Card membership that gives you access to every location. Annual fees are $39.
What’s included: These gyms include cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as fitness training programs for all members. Many locations are open 24 hours a day. With Black Card membership, you can always bring a guest and use massage chairs and tanning services for free.
Try it: Find the location near you.
3. Crunch fitness
Where: Crunch Fitness has more than 300 locations of its regular gyms and 30 locations of its signature gyms (which include more classes, upgraded amenities, and more). The gyms are located in 34 states as well as in Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Canada and Costa Rica.
How much: Monthly pricing varies by location but can be as low as $9.99 for a Basic Membership, $21.99 for a Peak Membership, and $24.99 for a Peak Results Membership. Sign-up fees and annual fees also vary by location, membership level, and special offers.
What’s included: Depending on the type of membership you choose, you can take advantage of several benefits, including a workout orientation with a fitness expert, group fitness classes, online video workouts, tanning, and hydromassage. The Peak and Peak Results memberships can be used at multiple locations.
Try it: Try a free one-day trial.
4. LA Fitness
Where: LA Fitness has over 700 locations in 27 states and Canada.
How much: Monthly fees are $34.99 with a $99 initiation fee or $44.99 with no initiation fee. The annual fee is $49. Prices may be higher at Signature Club and Premier Plus locations.
What’s included: Fitness facilities include state-of-the-art equipment and cardio areas, group fitness classes, indoor heated pools, whirlpools, and saunas. Some have kids’ clubs, juice bars, and basketball and racquetball courts.
Try it: Try a free three-day trial.
5. 24-hour fitness
Where: 24 Hour Fitness has over 400 locations in 11 states – California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Hawaii, Florida, Virginia, New York and New Jersey.
How much: Monthly fees vary by location and start at $9.99 for a Silver membership, $24.99 for a Gold membership, and $39.99 for a Platinum membership. Members pay an annual fee of $49.99 and may also be subject to a one-time joining fee.
What’s included: Fitness facilities include cardio and weight machines, as well as gym and bike classes. Many facilities offer pools, personal training and on-site childcare. Members can also get access to digital workouts to complete at home.
Try it: Take advantage of this three-day free pass.
6. Fitness anytime
Where: Anytime Fitness has more than 4,800 locations worldwide, including gyms on all seven continents.
How much: Member prices vary by location and current promotions, but according to Anytime Fitness’ FAQ, the average US membership is $41 per month. Members also pay one-time setup and key activation fees that vary.
What’s included: Members have access to cardio machines, weights, and strength-training machines, as well as classes and wellness programs. Some locations offer tanning beds and personal training. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Try it: You can get a free seven-day pass.
Other affordable fitness options
If none of these chain gyms suit you, you can always join your local YMCA or set up a home gym to get your workout done. You can even make your own gym gear from items you have at home – like filling empty water bottles to use as hand weights.
Incorporate fitness into your daily routine by simply walking or running outside. Use outdoor fitness equipment in public parks. If you have a pool, do a few laps for cardio when the weather is nice.
Nicole Dow is senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.