To think gym memberships should be cheaper??

(45 Posts)
curiousgeorgie Thu 01-May-14 16:41:42

I decided that rather than keep thinking about taking the DD's swimming (other than their lesson once a week) I would join us all to a gym and it would force us all to go.

Me, DH, my 3 year old and my 10 month old.

Closest gym to me rattled on for about 30 minutes about membership giving you parking, creche etc before announcing it would be 180 per month.

This seems shocking for two children who can't do anything, but no, even the 10 month old needs membership!

I just thought I'd clarify the price, and what it included. Turns out not the creche,
(9.50 per hour) or parking (2.40per hour).

I thought it must be because it was a big fancy club so phoned the far less fancy looking one a bit further away... Practically the same. Except no creche.

Even the local leisure centre requires membership... (£55 per month in general, £45 pay & play??)

How are we supposed to all get fit and healthy in a lovely pool when these are the
ridiculous costs?! Does everyone pay this much or do you all not go?

manicinsomniac Thu 01-May-14 16:47:04

I think gym membership is very reasonable actually.

My own membership is £50 in general and I'm not sure about my childcare bit off the top of my head as I do pay as you go but less than a childminder for sure.

Taking an adult membership alone and assuming £50 is around average (I know you can get £15 and £120) then even if you only go 3 times a week it works out at about £4 a session. If you do a class or two or use the pool as well as the gym floor then that's an absolute bargain.

ViviPru Thu 01-May-14 16:47:16

I risk sounding smug but being as you asked if we all pay that much, I don't. I'm really lucky. My council (Serco) run gym is fantastic and only costs me £25 a month for full on-peak membership including classes. For this I get access to 3 sites all within a 20 minute drive which is handy because it means there's a class I like every night of the week. I do 5 classes a week which are about £6.50 each if you PAYG so it's a great deal.

I did pay to freeze my membership a little while ago but I think it's still only £34 pcm for new members. They're all pretty newly refurbished and the only gripe is that there aren't enough 3kg weights for the pump classes and the pilates mats are a bit gammy but other than that its a godsend.

Blankiefan Thu 01-May-14 16:48:02

I was all ready to tell you that YWBU; market forces, supply & demand and all that but shock that they charge for parking - and the crèche seems pricey too.

Our cooncil gym is £40 PCM so about the same but the crèche is £2 an hour and run by some lovely ladies - tho is only available mon-fri 9-5.

weatherall Thu 01-May-14 16:48:30

That sounds ridiculous.

I go to a council gym. £8 induction then £5-6 per visit.

Took dd swimming and it was £5.15 which I thought was quite expensive!

The local fun pool with slides etc is £20 for a family of 4.

No wonder poor people are fatter.

There are only so many long walks the kids can stand!

Ice skating was cheaper than I expected though.

curiousgeorgie Thu 01-May-14 16:53:11

If I had no children I'd pay it, but I don't see that I'll be able to go as much as I'd like, so it's a lot of money for essentially a swimming pool?

And a 10 month old needing full membership just to come in the door seems pretty ludicrous...

WooWooOwl Thu 01-May-14 16:54:06

I think that's a reasonable price for a family of four, if on peak, but I'm surprised that they charge for parking. I've been a member a a few fancy gyms and parking has never been charged as extra. I'd completely expect the crèche to be extra though.

The only gym I've used with my dc did run a lot of good children's activities, so I can see why they were charged, but I wouldn't be keen on paying membership for them if they could only use the crèche, and that didn't include any special occasion parties or anything.

When I'm skint and want to swim I'd use council run pools and just pay as I go, and I tend to get off peak memberships at gyms that are cheaper and only go during the school day when it's less busy.

sparechange Thu 01-May-14 16:57:50

Where are you based?
We've got a joint membership, which covers any under 10s off-peak, for just under £100 a month in central london
No creche or parking, but pay and display outside if we want it
The council leisure centre near us is a little bit cheaper and closer, but not as nice

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 01-May-14 17:02:39

That seems a lot to me! shock Our local (private) gym is £28 per month. There is no peak/off peak (probably because there are a lot of shift workers here, so evenings/weekends are not necessarily busier than 2pm on a Wednesday). There is no crèche but parking is free.

curiousgeorgie Thu 01-May-14 17:02:56

I'm in Surrey... I currently pay for swimming lessons for both DD's, ballet & tap for my older dd & Gymboree & Jo jingles for my younger one.. I thought a gym membership would eliminate some of those but it doesn't... The local council run pool is being renovated for the rest of the year.

I'm just shocked at the price just to swim shock

curiousgeorgie Thu 01-May-14 17:03:58

I never expected a creche would be free, he just threw it in as part of his becoming a member speech and then only when pressed admitted it was an extra..

Artistic Thu 01-May-14 17:05:12

We have a £50 per adult membership at the local private club. DD is not a member but does group swim lessons at the group rate & £5.00 if we want to one-off swim with her otherwise. The monthly rate to include her is £10 or £15 but I haven't bothered as we rarely go to swim together, it's mostly either me or DH separately as its our only serious exercise. These rates are reasonable to me, but there is no way I would pay adult rates for a child, ESP since they can't do any classes or use the gym! So it's basically only for the pool?!

curiousgeorgie Thu 01-May-14 17:06:12

I just think that if you pay 180 a month...

Paying about 25 each time you go for let's say 2 hours parking and creche is madness!

LadySybilLikesCake Thu 01-May-14 17:07:42

You went to David Lloyd, didn't you? grin

Why don't you have a look around some different ones. If you can go during 'off peak' (daytime) hours then it's sometimes cheaper. You may be able to get a discount card from your local council so it's worth looking on their web site.

Ememem84 Thu 01-May-14 17:13:14

I pay £42 a month. For access to 3 sites with parking a pool and unlimited classes. I go 4 times a week. To just use the gym it's £6 a session. Per class £7.50. I try to do one class and 3 gyms a week. So get my money's worth.

I go to a 24/7 gym which is pin access controlled as there aren't always staff on site. It's a tenner a month including classes. No pool though and it's nothing fancy but all the equipment is well maintained and it's very large. I love the fact that I can go at whatever time of day or night suits me best - it's open all day every day except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and NY Day.

googoodolly Thu 01-May-14 19:22:53

Our local council gym is £32 a month and that includes access to the pool and classes for £1 a go. If you pay a bit more (I think £46) you get unlimited classes and pool access for free as well.

ForalltheSaints Thu 01-May-14 19:27:53

It's reasonably priced if you go regularly. Though most people seem to join in January and are hardly seen after Easter.

SaucyJack Thu 01-May-14 19:32:34

The last gym I was a member of was £16.99 per month unlimited use and classes. Definitely no frills like creche or pool tho lucky to get toilet paper.

FindoGask Thu 01-May-14 19:45:32

I used to go to a basic gym which was about the same as Saucy Jack's - £9.99 a month for the first year (it had just opened) and then £18.99 a month. Those no-frill gyms are all over the place now, you don't need to pay loads.

All that said, I have my own weights now and use DVDs, apps, run/bike and just exercise from home: less hassle and even cheaper.

nickymanchester Thu 01-May-14 19:51:42

As others have said the budget gyms really are all over the place now and there seem to be more opening all the time.

Like Findo I paid £10.99 a month for the first year as it had just opened and I now pay £15.99

pizzachickenhotforyou Thu 01-May-14 19:56:43

Check if your council do deals. Mine do Wednesday classes for a mere £4 without a monthly fee. That's as many classes as you want to do on that day plus use of the gym.
Also free swimming on Fridays if you sign up with no monthly fees and lots of £1 deals.

LAlady Thu 01-May-14 20:05:13

I'm a member of a health club which is part of a golf and country club. It's got a crèche and excellent facilities including an extensive range of classes. It's £83 a month peak or £64 off peak. I go a lot so it's good value for me. Took the children off as soon as they couldn't use the crèche and DH isn't interested otherwise we'd pay a similar monthly fee as you have quoted. It is quite exclusive but also very sociable which is the reason people tend to stay (I've been there 8 years now) plus car parking is free.

Having said that, the leisure centre does a great deal for £40 all in per month for all classes, gym and pool so it's worth looking around.

LAlady Thu 01-May-14 20:06:09

Don't know why it doesn't like some of the words on my phone. The jumbled lesson are referring to a childcare facility !!

DarkJelly Thu 01-May-14 21:07:53

Are you upset about swimming costs or gym membership cost? Surely if you only want swimming then joining a gym is never going to be cost effective.

Tbf I do find swimming relatively expensive if you are taking a family. We just do swimming lessons.

But if you can't afford it don't go. There are plenty of many and varied ways for your family to get exercise.

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