Which Fitness Chain Has the Best Gym Membership for Your Budget?

Despite years of adding “lose some weight” to my list of New
Year’s resolutions, I have yet to join a gym.

Not to make excuses (well, let’s be real — everyone who
wants to avoid the gym is making excuses), but I’m incredibly
indecisive when it comes to spending money on myself.

Except when it comes to food.

But getting in shape requires making a decision and a commitment
to putting in the work. And it takes an investment — in time and
often in money.

With so many options out there, how do you pick the best gym
membership for you?

Our Guide to Finding the Cheapest Gym Membership

Let me start by saying choosing a gym is a very personal

Size might be a significant factor. Location might be also
important to you — maybe if you pass the gym along your normal
commute, you won’t be going out of your way.

Well, to help make your decision a bit easier, we compiled
information from six national workout chains so you can compare
availability, costs and features.

Some gyms provide free trials, so be sure to take advantage of
those offers before signing up for a membership.

Writer’s note: Individual membership costs are published as
listed online as of May 17, 2019, and they are subject to change.
Rates may vary based on location and current promotions.

1. Youfit Health Clubs

Where: Youfit Health
has more than 100 locations in 15 states: Alabama,
Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

How Much: The base membership fee is $10 a month. The
premium tier (known as “Lime Card” access) costs $21.99 a
month. When you sign up for the base membership, you’ll also pay
for first and last month dues. Initiation fees vary depending on
the membership package.

What’s Included: Depending on location, these clubs
include top-of-the-line equipment, free weights, group fitness
sessions, express circuits, personal trainers, tanning beds and
childcare. Premium members can also bring a free guest with them
for every visit and can visit any YouFit location.

Try It: Get a free guest
for one-time use.

2. Planet Fitness

Where: Planet
has over 1,800 locations in all 50 states, Washington
D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada and the Dominican Republic.

How Much: Monthly dues are $10 for just one location or
$19.99 to use any location. Annual fees are $39.99 and the start-up
fee is $1. The $10 membership has no commitment.

What’s Included: These gyms include cardio and
weight-training equipment, plus fitness training programs for all
members. Some locations include massage chairs and tanning
services. Many locations are open 24 hours a day.

Try It: Find the location
nearest you.

3. Crunch Fitness

Where: Crunch
has more than 300 locations for its regular gyms and 30
locations for its Signature gyms (which include more classes,
upgraded amenities and more). Its gyms are located in 30 states, as
well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and four Canadian

How Much: A base membership is $9.95 a month, a Peak
membership is $21.95 a month and a Peak Results membership is
$24.95 a month. Enrollment fees vary from $10 to $49.99 depending
on your membership level. The annual fee is $78, prorated at $6.50
a month.

What’s Included: Depending on what type of membership
you choose, you can take advantage of multiple perks at this gym,
including a training 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

Try It: Try a free one-day trial.

4. LA Fitness

Where: LA Fitness has
more than 675 locations in 27 states, Washington D.C. and

How Much: Monthly fees start at $24.99 for single-club
access or $29.99 for multiple clubs within the same state.
Initiation fees are $89.

What’s Included: Gyms include state-of-the-art
equipment and cardio areas, group fitness classes, indoor heated
pools, whirlpool spas and saunas. Some have kids’ clubs, juice
bars and basketball and racquetball courts.

Try It: Find your local
to request a guest pass online.

5. 24 Hour Fitness

Where: 24 Hour
has over 400 locations in 13 states — California,
Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Hawaii, Florida,
Virginia, Maryland, New York and New Jersey.

How Much: Monthly fees start at $29.99, but can vary
based on location and membership level. Members pay a one-time
initiation fee, which starts at $29.99, and there’s also a $49.99
annual fee.

What’s Included: Gyms include studio and cycle classes.
Most facilities also have an indoor lap pool and a Whirlpool.
Members can take advantage of personal and group training. Get
access to digital workouts you can complete at home without
stepping foot in an actual gym. Parents of children ages 6 months
to 11 years can drop their kids off for supervised fun time at
nearly every location.

Try It: Use this
three-day free pass

6. Anytime Fitness

Where: Anytime
has more than 4,000 locations in all 50 states and 36
countries across six continents. (That’ll likely soon change, as
the chain recently announced plans to expand to Antarctica.)

How Much: Membership starts at $29.99 per month, but
prices vary depending on location and current promotions. According
to Anytime Fitness’s spokesperson, the average membership is $40
a month. Members also pay one-time initiation and key activation
fees, which vary depending on the franchise.

What’s Included: Members have access to cardio
machines, weights and strength training equipment, as well as
classes and wellness programs. Some locations offer tanning and
personal training. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a

Try It: You can get a free seven-day

Other Alternatives to Popular Chain Gyms

If none of these chain gyms suit your fancy, you could always
join your local YMCA or

set up a home gym
to get your workouts in.

You could also incorporate fitness into your daily routine by
trying one of these
nine inexpensive gym alternatives
. Running is one of the
options on that list; this post on
tips and tricks for finding discounted running shoes
can help
ease your stride.

Or you could lace up those shoes and march right into the

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She
sympathizes with the struggle of getting in shape. 

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Which Fitness Chain Has the Best Gym Membership for Your Budget?