Are you paying someone to let you workout at their facility? Have you realized that you can actually get a free gym membership and get paid to workout?
My Gym Membership Cost
I’m not sure what you pay for your gym membership but the one I went to for two years before having a baby cost $40 per month and that was with a significant discount. That’s not an awful price since it includes any of the group fitness classes. Other gyms make you pay a monthly fee just to use the facility and charge separately for group fitness classes. However, adding a baby to the picture means factoring in the cost of childcare provided at the gym. This actually wasn’t the real reason I decided to do home workout DVD’s instead of continuing my membership, but it was a factor that led to that decision. I was going to my gym 3-5 times a week so the extra $40/month for childcare costs would have come out to $2-3/hour which is a steal for a babysitter! This particular gym was a 20 minute drive in good traffic and this past summer would have been at least 30 minutes due to construction on my route. I decided to cancel my gym membership after figuring that the long drive and paying $80/month to attend group classes wasn’t ideal after having a baby and becoming a one-income family.
Now I Get a Free Gym Membership AND Get Paid to Workout
About a month into doing a home DVD workout series called PiYo, I told my husband I really missed group classes like Body Pump, Zumba, and cycling. I loved PiYo and thought it would be fun to do with a group so we discussed paying the $189 for me to get certified to teach it. We viewed this as an investment that would pay off after teaching a few classes so I got my certification! I also got certified in CPR which was free since I took advantage of my 3 free credits offered at the community college where I teach my nutrition class. I sent my resume to gyms that I knew offered a free membership and childcare to fitness instructors and tada! A free membership! Now I get paid to workout! I’ll only teach once or twice a week but that’s all you really need to do to get the free membership and in the meantime I can enjoy taking other fitness classes.
“I’m Not the Teaching Type”
This is the first response I hear when someone says they’d never be a group fitness instructor. More than half of the instructors I met at my previous gym are introverts and don’t like being the center of attention. The reason they decided to become an instructor aside from the cost was because it helped them to step outside of their comfort zone and take on a challenge. I assume none of them regret that decision since they’re still teaching. Also, good intentions can’t make you healthy… but acting on those good intentions do! If you find that you often intend to workout but the day flies by and you never get to it, then becoming an instructor is a great option because it comes with built in accountability. I can think of countless days when I didn’t feel like moving but if I have a class to teach then I have no excuses.
Your Wallet Will Thank You
I don’t know about you, but unless a workout is fun or refreshing, I don’t want to do it. I love the camaraderie that grows with attending the same classes and seeing the same faces. I also work way harder when I have someone telling me what to do rather than trying to push myself. Whether you pay for a gym membership, become an instructor, run, or do workouts at home, I highly recommend you do some form of physical activity that you enjoy. If you don’t want to front the money for a gym membership, make sure you’ve got some type of accountability to get moving. The up-front cost of a gym membership can reap major benefits on your wallet in the long run because you won’t have to dish out way more for medical bills. You may wonder where in your budget you can squeeze in another $40/month… how about those stops for coffee on the way to work or maybe your cable subscription? Gyms do have TV’s these days, you know! You’ll find that when you start exercising regularly, your nutrition will even start to straighten itself out because you’re pursuing healthy habits. Now who’s up for a fit wallet and some tighter buns?
What’s your favorite way to exercise? Does cost affect what type of exercise you do?
This post has been written by Jessica from BudgetForHealth.com.
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.