For many people, myself included, going to the gym is about more than just showing up to lift some weights or run through whatever your daily exercise regime entails. It’s about listening to your favourite show on the radio (for me, it’s Talksport), socialising with some gym buddies, meeting new people and using the pressure of fellow gym-goers’ eyes on you to ensure you actually get some valuable work in.
Perhaps the most compelling reason why people love to go to the gym, however, is the mere fact that paying a membership fee in a sense forces you to use it, and so you’re more likely to actually ensure you get some value out of each trip to the gym.
Although these and many more are indeed some legitimate reasons why we love physically going to the gym, they can also only serve to add to the escalating costs of gym membership fees. When you do indeed find yourself questioning the value you’re getting (or not) out of each trip you take to the gym, if the numbers suggest that you’re falling short on the value-to-investment ratio, it may be time to explore a couple of alternatives to save on the escalating costs of trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Investing in a Home Gym
Look, it’s definitely possible to get in some good, regular exercise without using any specialised gym equipment at all, but gym equipment was produced for a reason. Sure, anything you see being sold through those late Friday evening/early Saturday morning, 2-3 a.m. commercials shouldn’t be taken seriously.
They’re mostly just trying to sell some useless junk to drunk people with loose credit cards in their pockets, but if you get hold of the right equipment, your fitness goals can be aided along much quicker and more efficiently. When you visit the gym each time you know all too well why certain equipment makes your list of favourites and you know perfectly well what really works and what doesn’t.
That type of thinking can be taken into your domestic space. If you have a spare room you can convert into a home gym, it can really work out much cheaper in the long run. Whether it’s an unused garage or some extra space in a seldom-used home office or store room, tally-up the amount you spend on your monthly gym fees and you’ll very quickly realise that redirecting those fees to create a more permanent and free access channel to a decent gym is only a few re-directed gym membership fees away.
There’s even some credit specifically available for that sort of thing, so long as you can prove that you’ll be able to make the re-payments, which essentially starts with producing records of your past gym membership payments.
Investing in a Community Gym
If you have a bit more organisational skills and can gather up a good-sized group of fellow gym-goers also feeling the effects of gym membership fees on their pockets, you can have a fully-equipped community gym set up in no time. Gym members in and around your neighbourhood will likely jump at the chance of owning their very own slice of a gym they can gain access to any time, especially since pooling gym membership fees together in this way would naturally work out much cheaper in the long run as well.
Negotiating Flexi Gym Membership Fees
Otherwise if your periodic gym visits can work out cheaper if you paid a per-session fee, that’s worth exploring as an alternative to a fixed longer-term membership fee. Now, I know not a lot of the commercial gyms offer this sort of payment plan however, if you look around, you’ll find that there are a number of smaller gyms out there that do have similar things in place.
Good luck with your plans in the future and I’d love to hear from you about your journey!