A gym membership can be expensive, but the rates are more negotiable than you think. Here’s how to snag the best deal.
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Ask for discounts
The easiest option – ask. Sometimes, gyms have discounts that they do not advertise; consultants may also be able to help you get a small discount. Be extra polite and the goodwill will go a long way.
It pays to also follow several gyms on Facebook and Instagram before you pay them a visit. You get to compare their promotions, offerings and facilities beforehand. Occasionally, you get to enjoy a discount just by liking the page.
Buy during special occasions
Unlike service based companies like salons and restaurants that have a surcharge during festive occasions, fitness centres operate in the opposite manner. Chat up a consultant when it’s close to Christmas, New Year and even public holidays like National Day; these are prime times to snag a discount, freebies and sometimes, a $0 sign-up fee.
Only choose the facilities you need
Select the gym with the equipment you need. There’s no point going to a spin studio if your objective is to bulk up, or signing up with a pilates reformer studio if Zumba is more your jam. Make the most of your membership by choosing the right studio for you. If you don’t need extravagant equipment, you don’t have to pay the price for it.
Sign up with a friend
The more, the merrier. Gyms surely agree. When you manage to convince someone to sign up with you, the company gets double the revenue. If you both want the same plan and are able to go down together, there are usually discounts available. For students who can’t afford a full gym membership, try looking for places that offer a shared membership.
Some gyms and studios also offer referral perks – you enjoy a discount when you get friends and family to sign up.
Go to the neighbourhood gym
Boutique gyms out of the city centre often offer a quieter, more private environment on top of more affordable entry fees. You get to also develop a relationship with the staff and trainers so the gym feels more like a second home that you enjoy visiting.
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