Consumer Conundrum: Are Fancy Gyms Worth It?
I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’m a sucker for a gym tour. I love seeing different workout equipment, and I love finding out about new workouts because I’m always looking for the next cool trend to try. I recently visited a new gym, 220 Fitness Concepts, in Santa Monica, Cali. It was so cool! It’s clean, organized and efficient. They have cool machines that I hadn’t even seen before that looked efficient without intimidating the fit right out of me.
However. What I don’t really dig is the hard sell that comes after you get the gym tour.
Here in Los Angeles, gyms are a dime a dozen, so they really have to do flashy things in order to stand out. That flash usually costs a pretty penny, and I’m cheap. I go to my company gym (for free!), so convincing me to pay to do what I already do there is darn near impossible. I just can’t fathom paying more than $100 a month for a gym. It would have to be so revolutionary, so spectacular, that I’d leave every day crying out of pure joy. Have you ever left your gym feeling that euphoric? I love a good workout, but even I laugh at that idea.
I guess as long as I can work hard and get my sweat on, it doesn’t matter how fancy the place is or if it has all of the newfangled equipment. After all, I don’t go to the gym to get a massage or hit the raw-foods snack bar—I go to work out.
What gym features really melt your butter, and how much would you pay to join the gym of your dreams? Are fancy gyms worth the high membership for you? —Tish