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The Best 3 Gyms For Your Wallet

The warm weather is officially here, so many of you might be slightly panicking because that New Years Resolution diet didn’t quite work out, and your body doesn’t feel as beach-ready as you might like. If you need an affordable place to tighten up the cage before summer really gets started, check out these deals from the nation’s most popular fitness centers. (While you work on getting in shape, you can also make sure your finances are in good shape with the help of a financial advisor.)

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Planet Fitness 

The Best 3 Gyms For Your Wallet

The notoriously colorful Planet Fitness is spacious and has ample equipment at it’s numerous locations across 48 states. Planet Fitness prides itself in being the “judgement free zone,” or a gym where the occasional athlete will feel comfortable navigating themselves around. According to the New York Times, Planet Fitness can be summed up as a “gym for people who don’t like gyms.” It also offers weekly aerobic and cardio classes to work with your busy schedule.

There are a few different membership options at Planet Fitness. A Black Card member pays a $10 start up fee, and a proceeding $19.99 a month for a minimum of 12 months. That will run you $249.88 a year, however it comes with a few enticing benefits. The Black Card membership has reciprocity at any location across the country – so working out during a beach vacation is a possibility. With the card, you are granted unlimited use of massage chairs and tanning beds, 50% off of cooler drinks, and you can bring one guest per day for free. If you’re planning on recruiting a gym buddy to motivate you, this might be the membership for you.

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Planet Fitness also offers a No Commitment membership, which costs $5 to sign up and $10 every month. It’s really cost efficient, and you do have the option to drop out of the offer at any time, so it is a good way to get in shape for the summer months.

The Burn Calories…Not Cash offer is the most standard of the three. With a $20 start up fee and $10 a month for a minimum of 12 months, it will cost a flat rate of $140 for the year.

The membership offers at Planet Fitness have very specific deadlines and expiration dates, so before you sign up, be sure to call a location near you to ensure that you’re getting the best deal possible.

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Gold’s Gym 

Gold’s Gym facilities across the country are known for their top-of-the-line equipment, which has led to their generally positive image across consumer reviews.

If there is a location nearby, don’t be afraid to stop in and explore the seven-day Free VIP Pass, which gives you free access to their facilities for a week before you make any commitment.

Although there is no monthly commitment rate, the two plans Gold’s Gym offers can be a little pricey for anyone less than a gym rat – Option 1 has an initial cost of $149.99 with an additional $29.99 a month, for a total of $509.87 a year, while Option 2 has a down payment of $49.99, but is $39.99 a month, coming in at $529.87.

On the upside, if you promote Gold’s Gym on social networking sites or refer members, you can qualify for a rewards card. Perks include free personal training sessions, depending on the location.


The Best 3 Gyms For Your Wallet

These fitness centers are oldies, but goodies. Their membership rates depend on the age of the participant, with no down payment. Young Adults (aged 16-25) are $35.00 a month, or $420.00 a year, while Adults (anywhere from 25 to 65) is $48.50 a month or $582.00 a year. They’re also one of the only facilities to offer extremely inexpensive day trip trials for only $6.00. Their flexibility, simple schedule and inexpensive classes have helped land them on on a top ten list of Best Fitness Centers in the country.

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Final Word

If none of these offers seem appealing to you, don’t forget that the summer months are prime for outdoor jogging, morning yoga, or anything recreational, like backyard volleyball  – which are, of course, free. Depending on how fitness-friendly your city is, you may have plenty of company. A big part of any fitness program is also fueling your body with healthy and nutritious foods. If you find that you’re paying more on food and fitness, you may want to consider a credit card that rewards you for those purchases. Find a credit card that matches your spending with our credit card quiz.

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Emma Giebler Emma Giebler is a freelance writer who covers a variety of personal finance topics. Her expertise includes homebuying and saving money. Emma graduated from Syracuse University.
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