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Lil Jon
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join:2006-06-26
Cincinnati, OH

Why are YMCA memberships so Expensive?

I was at the YMCA today, and asked how much the membership was. The lady told me $125 for the joining fee, and a monthly fee of $60!

Man, all I want to do is, workout, shower, and have a locker where I can keep some clothes. I might aswell join a real gym...

BTW, the one I visited was Downtown, do you guys think that's the reason the cost was so high, or is it the same everywhere?

tcope
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From what I've heard, that is about the going rate. How is the YMCA different from a "real gym"? Where you can save money is if you qualify for their discounted rates... such as if your lower income.


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reply to Lil Jon
the one in my town closed down. with all that money they collected over the years, they didn't save any for repairs that might be needed in the future. well, the future happened.
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r81984
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reply to Lil Jon
When joining a gym never pay any joining fees and never sign a contract.
I have moved around a few times and so far no gym has stood their ground.
$60 would be OK if they have an indoor track, a pool, and maybe free aerobics classes.

For all that you want you should be paying around $30 a month. You could try negotiating. When it comes to gyms prices are never set in stone, you can always haggle.
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Snakeoil
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reply to Lil Jon
The Y near us does that to.
But what the membership does is get you a "discount" to any Y events.

For example we were looking at the Y for swim lessons and summer camp fot our kids.

The swim lessons would have been discounted as well as the summer camp if we had been members.

Needless to say, we didn't join.

It was close to price of a regular gym.
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Bruschi
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reply to Lil Jon
If theres a planet fitness near you join that. My gym membership is 15$ a month unlimited use.
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Irun Man
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said by Bruschi:

If theres a planet fitness near you join that. My gym membership is 15$ a month unlimited use.
Con. Been a PF white card member almost two years running. You don't have a permanent locker BUT they have showers and ALL the equipment you could ask for.
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metal1
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Melfa, VA
reply to Lil Jon

Re: Why are YMCA memberships so Expensive?

I joined the Y near me since there are no gyms within 75 miles.I pay 54 a month.If I were to drive 40 min north the y is only 25 a month.They are both in different areas so mine has reduced fees for those who cannot afford it and the other does not.


davidg
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reply to Lil Jon
our local Y is less than 50.00 a month for a family membership, i want to say individuals are like 30-40.00. you get discounts for other things they so if you have kids that are in a lot of things you can save enough to pay for teh membership. but for an individual 60.00 is a little steep.
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NY Tel
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Smithtown, NY
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reply to Lil Jon
said by Lil Jon:

I was at the YMCA today, and asked how much the membership was. The lady told me $125 for the joining fee, and a monthly fee of $60!

Man, all I want to do is, workout, shower, and have a locker where I can keep some clothes. I might aswell join a real gym...

BTW, the one I visited was Downtown, do you guys think that's the reason the cost was so high, or is it the same everywhere?
I've been a Bally's Fitness member since 1987 and pay $60.00 a YEAR for my access to all of their clubs. I'd never go anywhere else simply because I got a good deal 22 years ago.

brianiscool

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reply to Lil Jon
They are cheap I pay $16 cause I am under my mom. She pays $30 per month.


Matt3
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reply to Lil Jon
The local Y is $56 a month for my family membership, although they provided it to me for $50 a semester ($150/year) when I was in college. If you can prove that you can't afford the full price, they'll happily provide a discount to you. They even gave me a few semesters for free when I was taking less than the required 6 credit hours for that semester.

I don't mind paying more than the local chain gym because the facilities are nice, so are the instructors, and they do a lot of community givebacks like Bright Beginnings where we take less fortunate kids shopping for school clothes. You can see me and my kid last year at the bottom right here: »www.bryanymca.org/volunteer.aspx

I took him again this year and it was great to hear how well he was doing and to be a positive influence in his life.

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reply to Lil Jon
"Young man, when you're short on your dough..."


Matt3
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said by ctggzg:

"Young man, when you're short on your dough..."
Especially when you're donating plasma and trying to go to every donation center in your city ...

»Have you ever Donated Plasma?
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Re: Why are YMCA memberships so Expensive?

We checked last spring about the cost of family membership. It's $79 at our Y, in a pretty expensive neighborhood.
Back in '80-82, I used to get 'grants' where I would make a $100 donation and get a year's membership. That policy apparently ended some time in the last 25 years.
So it's ride a bike, use a treadmill at home and lift them barbells. Takes more discipline to keep going.


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reply to Lil Jon
Lil Jon - $800 is insane, even here in NYC.

obviously, location may be a factor as the
property taxes and overhead cost more,
or they are reflecting the pricing that area
marketplace can bare.

any price over $1 per day is suspicious,
as clubs make money off members who
don't show up, not by over charging the
members who do...

many colleges extend community members
access to their facilities on a limited basis
for very little money. I joined a community
college gym and pool here in Queens for a
few hundred dollars per year.


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said by r81984:

When joining a gym never pay any joining fees and never sign a contract.
I would beg to differ, joining fees can save you money. The key is to make sure wherever you move will also have locations and to stick with them for a long time to get your savings.

My sister paid a $400 joining fee for Goodlife, but her monthly fee is $14 for life (normally $50-60+). She's had that 10+ years and saved a boatload of cash.

Of course they don't offer that anymore, every Goodlife employee she talks to about it can't even believe that deal. Now the key like I said is that they have tons of locations all around Canada so she's lived in 3+ cities and used the same membership.
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Retired6
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reply to Lil Jon

Re: Why are YMCA memberships so Expensive?

Thats cheap, meng.

Bobcat79
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reply to Lil Jon
Maybe the fees are higher at Ys that have a pool?

Ours (with 3 pools and 2 waterslides) is $71/month or $833/year plus $168 joiners fee.

nnaarrnn

join:2004-09-30
Nitro, WV
reply to Lil Jon
I do IT work for a YMCA here, and I believe they're $75 joiners fee, and $700-800/year for family membership. It's Half that for individuals. That gets you unlimited usage of their 3 locations, the pool, raquetball courts, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and major discounts on afterschool care and other activities.


JeepMatt
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reply to Lil Jon
Lil-
Here in DE, the Y fees are $74 / month - and that's for two adults! Plus, I can use any Y in Delaware if i'm on the road.

Keep an eye out - the Y usually waives joining fees at the beginning of the month..
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Fobulous
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Missouri City, TX
reply to r81984
Are you sure? I joined 24 Hr Fitness without the joining fee and signed 24 month contract back in 2003 and i had saved a bunch in doing that.

24 Hr fitness is still around these days too..


Matt3
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FYI, YMCA doesn't require a contract which is also likely why their prices are higher. They also typically offer many more free classes. My Y has 3 or 4 different types of classes every day that are free, plus a huge indoor basketball court (2 full courts, with 8 side hoops), an indoor track, and even childcare while you're working out.

johnhope

join:2005-06-11
Montreal, QC
reply to Lil Jon
Somebody has to pay the over-paid executives at the YMCA!


Majestik
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Tulsa, OK
reply to Lil Jon
I pay about $29/month.Has all equipment,showers/lockers,and TVs on each bike,treadmill,and stairmasters.
Opens 24/7/365 and you use a smart card. Cameras all over the place. Has a room to keep kids you can watch on monitors.
Like to go after work around midnight before going home and about 4am to sunrise on weekends.....usually 1 or 2 people there most of the time.
No contract,No fees, and if I don't plan to go the next month I don't pay anything. Have option to pay a walk-in fee.
I normally go there 7 or 8 months a year.

Don't need anything else....especially no need for a swimming pool. Don't use them here where I live. And I prefer to run/walk outdoors within the gates.

Would like to go to the Planet Fitness if it was closer and a true 24/7/365 facility. My gym is only 2 miles from home.

YMCA is just too expensive.
Including their hotels.
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Count Zero
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reply to tcope
My wife and I got a discount through her employer (a local hospital that sponsors some YMCA branches around here).... discounted monthly rate + no joining fee. You should see if any clubs or organizations you're a member of offer those kinds of deals.

tcope
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Sandy, UT
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said by Count Zero:

My wife and I got a discount through her employer (a local hospital that sponsors some YMCA branches around here).... discounted monthly rate + no joining fee. You should see if any clubs or organizations you're a member of offer those kinds of deals.
The OP yes... not me. Put a 25lbs pack on my back and send me up 1000 feet of gain at 9,000 feet. That is MY workout!

Or a mountain bike up a hill at 8,000 feet.

Why pay a gym to work out at.