Make your job work for you! Many employers have corporate rates with local or national-chain gyms. See if yours does.
If they don’t, talk to someone in human resources and ask them to try to set one up. Better yet, call a few local gyms yourself and see what it takes to get a corporate discount. Ask a coworker or two to join with you. Some gyms discount their monthly fees by as much as $10 if they know they’ll get three to five people joining from one work location.At the very least, ask the gym to waive any of those one-time “Initiation Fees.” Most of them are bogus anyway.
Ask your local gyms if they offer discounts for paying ahead. If you pay for six months or a full year up front, some gyms discount their rates by 10%.Also, you may get a discount if you set up an automatic monthly withdrawal out of your checking account for your monthly membership dues.
Don’t buy a scale for your home! Not only will you save $30-75 on the scale itself, which is one or two month’s membership; it will “force” you to get to the gym if you want to know your weight. 1 out of 3 people who join a gym right after New Year’s stops going after three months. If you only check your weight once a week, you’re also less likely to get discouraged by seeing minimal daily weight loss increments on your home scale.
Cut the fancy coffees! Yes, everyone and their mother gives this advice for jump-starting a savings program, but if you apply these savings to your gym membership you’ll benefit from a double-whammy. Not only will you save $35-$100 month (depending on your habit), you’ll save all those calories too! Can’t cut the coffee? Try not dining out for one lunch a week and you’ll save about as much as a month’s membership dues.
Spare change, not spare tires! Your pocket change can add up quickly. If you start saving it now, by the time next year’s resolutions come around you’ll put a major dent in the cost of a full year’s gym membership.
Set small, attainable goals for your weight loss or strength training so you’ll be more likely to stick with it.
Start slow and make small changes.
Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise routine.