You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get fit. We gathered the best tips to help you save money on gym memberships. If you resolved to work out more this year, stay tuned. We made a budget and exercise-friendly article just for you.
Negotiate the initiation fee
Like any business, gyms have to track operating expenses to make a profit. The good news, a busy gym can easily cover its overhead so long as its equipment is in good shape.
That’s where you come in.
The quickest way to save money on gym memberships is to understand the flexibility gyms can take with initiation fees. You don’t have to accept the very first sign-up offer. Shop around and compare different exercise facilities. You’ll save a ton of cash this way.
Always ask for a complimentary trial
Most people are so enthusiastic to begin working out that they view a new gym with rose-colored glasses. It takes time to notice the details of an unfamiliar environment. For this reason, give yourself time to ease into the building before committing.
Two-week trials are best. Also, attempt to go during different times of the day. You’ll get a broader picture of the establishment and the staff that administers its programs. Furthermore, you’ll also see the other members. Making sure you’re comfortable before putting money down will make you feel better about your purchase.
Sign up for free training sessions
Being a newbie is not always a bad thing. Within the first 30 days of your membership, ask if there are any free training sessions you can attend. Most gyms want to help their members reach their ultimate fitness levels. By introducing different programs, gyms entice members to try new things while using the opportunities to upsell. It’s beneficial for everyone, so long as you (the member) don’t get swept up enrolling in multiple paid classes once your free sessions are over.
Inquire about referral programs
The more people that visit a gym, the better the gym does financially. That’s why many gyms have referral programs to encourage membership. Making a referral can earn you rewards, such as monthly discounts, free sessions, or even cash. To offset the costs of gym memberships, don’t be afraid to ask for available incentives.
Use Achieva Checking Plus to save even more
Did you know that Achieva Checking Plus is an interest-bearing account with all kinds of perks? With enrollment, members can register to receive discounts at the gym, shopping, and more, all for a low monthly fee of $6.95. Plus, there are other valuable services like identity protection, credit monitoring, and cell phone protection*.
We hope you enjoyed this list of ways to save money on gym memberships. Whether you use a free trial or ask for a discount, every action saves more cash in your account. And that is always, a GOOD thing!
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