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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?

Share your fitness goals, advice, and encouragement in the Get Fit For 2010 community group. Be it losing weight, running a marathon, or eating a balanced diet — we're here to help and listen. And your posts might end up right here on FitSugar!

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la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 7 years
i don't know where you l live but on there is always someone giving away a free bike or some type of workout equipment. I've been having the same argument for a couple of months and i dont even take classes. its just hard to get into working out at home.. im still on the fence. let us know what you decide and if it works out! one more thing i had a 24 hr gym membership back in the day and when i cancelled they started making offers to lower my monthly payments... maybe you can renegotiate your dues?
marisaoswald marisaoswald 7 years
Also, if you try canceling your membership, I'm sure they'll try to give you discounted prices to keep you. I also have 24 hour fitness, and I paid an up front fee of $800 for three years (I KNOW, initially it's A LOT), but after that, it's $50 PER YEAR. They offer this deal a lot, so if you can do it, it actually ends up worth it. Good luck!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Thank you all so much for the advice. It's has been driving me nuts the past week trying to figure out what to do. I haven't been to the gym since July 1 before my wedding, and have been working on my art ever since I got back from honeymoon. I hate having money go to waste just as much as I dislike not being active. I've been trying to figure out how to balance art and workout time, though I know art is my priority right now. Kyko, I had no idea about the Costco option. That might be the better way to go for me. I'll look into it! thank you all again :)
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I agree that you should find a cheaper gym, but if you do end up quitting the gym don't stop working out! A workout a day keeps the doctor away =)
Kyko Kyko 7 years
Just one piece of advice: end your current membership with high prices, and re-join through Costco, where it comes out to $12.50 a month for unlimited usage of ANY 24 hour location. Your welcome! :)
DeMaria482 DeMaria482 7 years
I am an artist too, and I also love to work out. I wish in my city the membership would cost 50 dollars and same goes for art studio. Take it from me, I say quit the gym. Do your art so you can do a great job for the art show. If you need to sweat, do power-walk, run outdoor, and take a class like yoga or spinning. If you are serious about cutting down on the budgets this is how people do it on their tight-money bank. If you are in gym to keep your body fit -- the diet comes from the kitchen - not the gym. Art is definitely therapy, you will feel good about it. Good luck!
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 7 years
Try looking into a gym that is cheaper. I didn't know 24 Hour Fitness is that expensive every month. There are a few locations here in Miami but none are convienetly close to me. LA Fitness only charges me $29.95 a month ($32 w/tax) and they have classes all day long everyday that's included in the membership.
steen steen 7 years
Have you considered shopping around? Here in Orlando, there's a gym for every price range, from the $38/month to $20/month and even a $10/month gym --- all include classes as well! I have also seen the YMCA gym offer classes but I'm not sure what their prices are.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
See if you can get passes for just certain classes so when you have time to go spinning you can go, but when you don't have time, you aren't wasting the money (maybe at your current gym or a different gym).
benheld benheld 7 years
I agree that you might want to think about getting your bike repaired. Over the long run, it'll be less expensive than the gym. I quit the gym a year ago, and replaced it with at-home machines, biking, and running outside. Believe it or not, it can be more convenient, as all you have to do is roll out of bed and get going!
krystles krystles 7 years
this is a decision you have to make for yourself, but if it's weighing on your mind enough to post the question, you should probably just save yourself the stress and the $50. i quit my gym last year when i rediscovered running outside and the only time i've looked back is when i'm rushing to get home/shower after a run and before something else. i've been very happily spending that $35/mo somewhere else.
maryanngi maryanngi 7 years
You may have to put your gym membership on hold until after your art show. Since you have DVDs in your home continue your wrokouts there until your show. You might also look into having your bike serviced. It may not be that expensive and you could cycle on bike paths giving you added incentive for your art!
Diana615 Diana615 7 years
Talk to someone at the gym, see what their policy is. See if it's possible to "sub-let" your membership to a friend. In this economy, I have had to let many things fall to the wayside, it's just the way it is right now for alot of us.
V-Pace V-Pace 7 years
Could you put it on hold? Suspend it for a few months while you're working or something.
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 7 years
And yes, technically, you don't have to pay anything to get a good workout!!! I guess it also depends on your level of motivation.
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 7 years
This is a tough one that only you can decide. In my opinion, your health should be a number one priority and if that means paying $50, so be it. You're worth it! and You've made it work so far right? But if that is absolutely stretching your budget and causing you additional stress then sure, let it go but make up for it when you can by doing whatever exercises you love in your spare time. p90x gives me a good workout when I can't make it to the gym! For me also, since I'm not that crazy about exercising traditionally, those classes really help and motivate me to keep it up because they're fun. So I absolutely need my gym membership! Plus, the fact that I'm paying makes me keep going to not waste my money hah! Anyways, tough decision! Sorry if that didn't help any =/
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