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How to Get Paid to Workout

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

get paid to workoutI’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?

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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.


  1. When I was going to grad school, the local gym had a deal where you buy one year, get one free for $100. But, nothing was included – I couldn’t use the pool or go to any classes. That was fine for me as I didn’t go to the classes anyways. The other caveat was I couldn’t go to the gym on Mondays. I don’t know why this was a rule, but for me it worked since my classes were always on Monday nights.

    I have since moved and joined a new gym for $35/month, but that is a deal I had to negotiate to get.

    • That is an amazing deal! I miss the student discounts. I’m glad to hear you negotiated your monthly payment for your current gym; that seems to be an area people aren’t aware they can negotiate.

  2. I certainly don’t get paid to workout, but I live just a half-block away from a workout facility with a pool and I only pay $20 a month. I love waking up every other morning and slowly walking over to the pool for a before-work swim. 🙂

    • Wow. West Michigan is the place to be! I wonder how the standard of living compares to the Mideast Michigan. I remember Dave got a job offer on the west side for a few thousand less than the offer he took here but the cost of living here makes the extra couple thousand extra not go very far.

  3. Wow, thats awesome! I’m lucky since I have a small gym in my building. If it wasn’t there, I would probably never work out 🙂

    • We have a small gym in our neighborhood too but I have trouble motivating myself enough to have an effective workout on my own. If you can get creative then it can save a lot of money!

  4. I never paid a dime on gym membership. There are various ways to earn money on side, if you want to do it via instructing at a gym then this is certainly handy and rewarding.

    • You’re right, there are plenty of other ways to make money on the side. Since I love the group classes this works out well as side income and waiving my monthly fee in a sense.

  5. We were lucky enough to get in on a gym start up deal years ago. I don’t remember the initial payment but it was something like $600 for two of us for two years and then $60/year after that! If we ever move we might be in shock at gym costs. We definitely get out money’s worth!

  6. I love this! I always thought being an instructor would be an awesome way to stay in shape and have fun at the same time – I never thought of the other perks! 🙂 Do you have to come up with your own routines?

    • It depends on what class you teach. Most popular classes come with choreography and music so you just have to memorize it, not spend hours putting something new together.

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