More and more people are completing regular workouts to improve overall health and fitness. Exercise contributes to improved cardiovascular functioning, an increased metabolism, and a positive mental outlook.
Any activity is beneficial but experts recommend a routine that includes at least 30 minutes per day for at least 5 days a week. Many people exercise independently but just as many prefer to join a gym because making payments keeps them motivated.
If you are among this last group but you think that membership fees are not in your budget, you might be surprised to know that there are options beyond the traditional model. Annual gym memberships can range from $500 to $1000, depending on amenities available at the fitness centre.
For someone who gets to the gym at least 4 times a week, that per visit cost can be reasonable. But you may hesitate from committing to a gym for the entire year for a number of reasons.
Let’s face it, most of us lapse in our physical activity at some point in the year. That’s how gyms that only offer lengthy membership plans are able to sell more memberships than they have the capacity to accommodate.
Four or more workouts a week may not always fit into your schedule, but there’s nothing wrong with changing up your exercise routine at different points in the year. For example, fall is a great time to get in shape if you’re just getting back into it because the weather is cooler and gyms tend to be less busy than they are in the new year. Well, you now have options.
Many gyms realize that they can increase their market considerably by targeting those who would like to use the equipment or attend a class only occasionally. These companies have designed a model that attracts customers with the freedom of Pay-As-You-Go. This means that you only pay for the days that you attend. Costs still vary depending on whether you work out on your own or attend classes, but the average daily rate is $10 to $20.
Finding a gym with the freedom of Pay-As-You-Go requires some research. First, you’ll want to find an exercise facility near your home or work that offers this type of arrangement. Then you need to ensure that the staff is professional and certified, and will encourage your success even though you are not an annual member.
Many pay-as-you-go models offer discounts for some level of commitment. For example, you can take a single class for $25, buy a 10-class passbook for $200, or pay a monthly $200 fee for unlimited visits. You can also find models that offer a menu of services with corresponding prices so you only pay for exactly what you use. There are even ways to attend for free by taking advantage of introductory one to fourteen day free passes or using coupons from the gym or other online providers.
Whatever model you choose, Pay-As-You-Go makes it possible for anyone to be a gym member.