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Reasons to Cancel a Gym Membership

A Reader Asks: Should I Discontinue My Gym Membership?

FitSugar reader Soniabonya shared this question in the Get Fit For 2010 community group. Can you give her some advice?

First and foremost, I love going to the gym. I go to cycle classes, strength training classes, yoga, and sometimes water aerobics. There are several 24 Hour Fitness gyms I go to since one location doesn't have everything at the right times to work for me.

So why would I need to get rid of my membership? Well, I can't afford it. It's $50 a month. I already got rid of my wine club membership (which was also $50 a month). And $50 month is a good chunk of change, especially when I see my bank account dramatically dwindling due to rent, food, etc. Also, I've been reevaluating my time, and found that as much as I love to exercise, I also need time to do my passion, which is art. I am also paying $50 a month for studio space so I can work there. And since I am gearing up for an art show in the Fall, I need lots of time to work on my paintings. So my membership will go pretty much unused for the next couple months, which has happened before when I was out of country or working on another show. Also, I've had no income from my art . . . yet.

Find out why Soniabonya wants to keep her membership when you


I have workout DVDs at home which I could do when I feel the need to work out — like yoga and weights — but I love my cycle class and I don't have a bike. Well I do, but it's rusty and the chain refuses to stay.

So, should I keep my gym membership to 24 Hour Fitness, or should I let it go to save money?

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