Sure, juice bars and towel service are nice. But when it comes right down to it, you’re at the gym to sweat so the bells and whistles don’t always matter. We found eight no-frills gyms across the country that make it easy to do just that—and none cost more than $40 per month. Get stronger and save money with these great deals.
Cost: In New York City, a one-location-only pass costs $10 per month.
What you get: With prices this cheap, you could join just for the free food and get your money’s worth—once a month, the gym gives away slices of pizza (to the tune of 1.4 million slices a year at last count), and handfuls of Tootsie Rolls are yours for the taking at the front desk. Probably better to use the cardio machines, weight machines, free weight stations, stretching areas, and circuit training stations inside though than to pack in calories you want to burn off.
Extras: Upgrade to the $19.99 per month Black Card for access to any Planet Fitness, as well as use of the tanning machines and massage chairs. Black Card members may also bring a friend for free every visit.
Find them: In every state except Wyoming, Montana, and Hawaii
(Prices quoted for 208 W. 125th St. New York, NY 10027; 212-497-2644)
Cost: $32.99 per month at Houston’s Galleria location
What you get: Even the entry-level membership includes access to some 300 gyms across the country. Class junkies are in luck, too: yoga, cycling, and aerobics sessions come with your membership.
Extras: If the location has a sauna, steam room, whirlpool, or swimming pool, you can use that, too.
Find them: More than 400 locations across the country: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, , Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Hawaii
(Prices quoted for: Galleria; Club Type: Sport; 5070 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77056)
Cost: $19.99 biweekly
What you get: The usual: cardio, free weights, and resistance machines. Plus, group exercise classes are included in your membership. Gyms vary a bit—some have pools and
Extras: Personal training sessions are available for a little more. Some locations have steam rooms, saunas, and pools.
Find them: In 30 countries and 36 states.
(Price quoted for: 409 3rd Street SW, Suite 120, Washington DC , DC 20024)
Cost: $10 per month for a one-location membership pass.
What you get: Free weights, stretching stations, cardio machines, and separate personal training studios.
Extras: Splurge on the $19.95 premium membership, and you can visit any of the chain’s 40-plus locations in the Midwest, plus bring a friend along whenever you work out. A free personal training session, customized cardio program, and a 20 percent discount on personal training packages are also yours with the upgrade.
Find them: In the Midwest. There are more than 40 locations across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania
(Price quoted for: 3927 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, Illinois)
Cost: $10 per month, no contract required
What you get: The basics: Cardio machines (all with individual TVs and iPod hookups), express circuit training, free weights.
Extras: The gym’s green focus: All plastic bottles get recycled, old tires make up the floors, and energy-efficient lights and AC are standard.
Find them: Mostly in Arizona and Florida, plus one club near Atlanta.
(Prices quoted for: 2765 N Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, Arizona 85257)
Cost: In New York City’s Murray Hill gym, pay a one-time enrollment fee of $199.99, and $19.99 per month after that. The monthly rates are locked in for life.
What you get: Many no-frills gyms keep costs low by charging extra for fitness classes—or getting rid of them altogether. But membership at Boom Fitness, which has just two NYC locations, provides the usual (more than 100 exercise stations, 10,000 pounds of weights) plus all the fitness classes you’d like. Bootcamp, yoga, rumba, kickboxing, and spinning are all on the menu.
Extras: Towel service and one free personal training session with sign up.
Find them: In New York City
(Price quoted for:
Murray Hill, 4 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10016)
Cost: $150 per year (just $12.50 per month) for access to rec centers with a pool; $100 if you plan to stay dry. Six-month passes available for half the price.
What you get: It’s easy to forget about these city-run gyms, but if you need the basics they’ll do the trick: cardio machines, indoor tracks, weight rooms, and even full-sized indoor pools are included with your membership. Even some of the classes (zumba, yoga, martial arts) are free.
Extras: Take advantage of overlooked community center stuff—photography classes, pool, ping-pong tables—while you’re there.
Find them: Across the five boroughs in New York City
Cost: In Minneapolis, where the company is based, a 12-month membership starts at $34.95/month.
What you get: The Global Access Card provides entrance to all of the SnapFitness locations around the world.
Extras: Personal training available at select locations.
Find them: Close to 2,200 gyms in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, India, and the U.K.
(Price quoted for: 250 2nd Ave So, Suite 282, Minneapolis, MN 55401; 612-338-3999)