5 Most Affordable Fitness Membership Plans in the U.S.

By on February 16, 2018
5 Most Affordable Fitness Membership Plans in the U.S.

By Aaron Townsend –

As we age, achieving overall health and fitness is becoming more and more of a priority. One way to maintain the highest level of fitness is to join a gym. While you could design and conduct your own workout routine, gyms offer the advantages of program variety and the services of experts. Nevertheless, a fitness membership plan can be expensive, so it is important to find the option that meets all your needs and still fits your budget. This article provides a list of the some of the most affordable gym memberships in the United States.

1. Gold’s Gym
When it opened over fifty years ago, Gold’s Gym was called the “Mecca of Bodybuilding” for its emphasis on weight machines and free weights. However, today the chain is one of the largest and most diverse in the world. Gold’s offers three levels of membership. The Silver gives access to all basic amenities at the chosen home club. The Gold allows access to all amenities in all clubs plus an individualized fitness assessment. The Platinum includes all of the above in addition to the Kids’ Club, tanning and other salon services and special classes if available. So, in addition to bodybuilding, this is the place to go for circuit training with audio, Zumba classes, cycling, and various styles of yoga. 

  • Silver – $19.95 per month
  • Gold – $29.95 per month
  • Platinum – $39.95 per month
2. Lifetime Fitness

According to Men’s Health, Lifetime Fitness is the best overall gym to join in 2018. Lifetime Fitness membership prices are a little higher than some clubs, but the variety of available amenities make this a good value. In addition to the usual equipment and classes, members can access the LifeClinic and LifeCafe, relaxation spaces like the sauna and salon, kids’ spaces, and lockers and showers with free toiletries. This is the perfect gym for those looking to complete a different routine at each visit.

  • Membership fees – $105 to $139 per month depending on location
3. Fitness 19

Fitness 19 gyms are much more basic and do not have pools, saunas, or spas. What they do offer, in addition to the standard machines and equipment, is the Kids Room, a personal fitness assessment, and tanning services (specific locations only). Multi-club members can also join customized programs and classes and invite an unlimited number of guests to workout with them. Senior citizens workout for free since all company locations honor the Silver Sneakers Program.

  • One Club Membership – $10 to $15 per month
  • Multi-Club Membership – $15 to $24 per month
4. Planet Fitness

This club is on most lists of gyms with an affordable fitness membership plan. It is a great place for beginners and those trying to decide if they can maintain a workout routine. Members do not need to make an annual commitment, though there is a savings if you purchase an annual membership. Each location provides all of the standard machines with a small free weight area. There are no classes or special amenities, but the advantages are the “judgement free” atmosphere and the friendly and accommodating staff.

  • Basic monthly plan – $10 per month
  • Annual membership plan – $99 per year
5. Blink

If you are not yet familiar with Blink, it is only a matter of time until you hear about it. There are currently only sixty locations in New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Los Angeles, but new sites are being added all the time. The focus is on providing the greatest variety of quality equipment in a modern and clean facility, staffed by highly skilled professionals.

There are no group classes or special studios, but members have regular access to locker rooms and certified personal trainers. Blink wants members to have a “Feel Good Experience” and the company believes that if they enhance the mood with color, design, and clean, open spaces, successful workouts will increase. 

  • Membership Fees – $15 to $25 per month depending on location

Finding the perfect gym is often a process of trial and error because an affordable fitness membership plan does not necessarily guarantee a good fit for you. Take time to learn about the amenities, any annual fees, and the cancellation policy before making a commitment.

Once you decide, check out the registration deals offered by the gym or sites like Groupon. Then all that’s left to do is workout in your favorite place as often as you can and have fun achieving your fitness goals!



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5 Most Affordable Fitness Membership Plans in the U.S.