Hey everyone, Lanky Man here back again for another exciting segment of “From Tiny to Toned”. Last week’s post about proper eating habits ended with a question about what facilities or gyms if any that my readers attended and a bit about why. I managed to get some feedback, and it will be very helpful in discussing this weeks topic about choosing the right facility for my journey to muscular and toned glory. So without further ado let’s get right into this weeks post.
When it comes to choosing a gym or place for working out there are hundreds of options from home gyms, private gyms, free public gyms and even punching cow carcasses in a meat locker. For my search though I decided to narrow my results to 3 popular gym franchises at a high, medium and low price point to see what my money was getting me.
My research began with the Movati Athletic Club, a gym that has several locations across Ottawa and Canada and is considered by most(myself included) to be on the premium side of fitness centres.
On their site, they really have an easy way to navigate the menus that gives you a premium experience before you’ve gone anywhere near their gyms. They even have a 360 degree virtual tour of their facility that really showcases how premium of an experience you can expect. They offer members access to swimming classes, cycling classes, a kid’s club and even a cafe in all their facilities. They really show everything they have to offer their members here and make it immediately clear this is a next level experience aimed to a higher type of client. One thing I had the hardest time finding though was the actual costs of this facility. Even after signing up for an email to receive the costs I was told to make an appointment for that kind of information, I’ve always found that when they don’t show the price, it’s usually pretty high. After finding a post on Reddit, this was confirmed by a comment mentioning a $100-120 initial sign-up fee, and payments of $33.84 bi-weekly to total roughly $947.59 per year. Now there are of course promotions that may waive certain fees but this seems like the basic full-cost plan. This is definitely a gym that holds itself at a higher premium status and wishes to find clients looking for that. Even though many of the facilities can be found elsewhere for slightly cheaper, you can tell this place prides itself on a higher quality experience that can’t be found elsewhere.
The next facility I moved on to was the extremely popular Goodlife Fitness, with about 100 locations in Ontario alone this is a massive Canadian gym franchise, that offers a gym experience for the average user.
On the main site for Goodlife Fitness it’s easy to navigate for first time visitors and mentions the various facilities that are offered to members. You have your standard things like fitness machines, an indoor track and massage, to unique features like tanning, squash courts and even a virtual fitness centre. This allows member to participate in streamed classes of aerobics, yoga and martial arts either alone or as part of a group. However not everything was so easy to find on this site, I was again faced with the problem of finding what a membership would cost. Luckily I came across the site GymMembershipFees.com and was able to see that a Goodlife member ship ranges from $59.99-$69.99 a month and about $719.00-$839.00 a year. This seems to be their constant fee with the idea of no initial joining costs, these seems to have been dropped years ago in order to lower prices and likely attract more members. This is definitely a middle-man any person gym and even with a cost close to Movati, the lack of initial going fee may seal the deal for many people.
The final facility that I’m going to talk about is actually owned by Goodlife Fitness, is on the significantly lower scale of our price options and began opening locations relatively recently. Fit4Less aims to satisfy people looking to workout and not pay and arm and a leg for it, it seeks to attract budget conscious members to its facilities.
From the first glance as their site loaded on my browser it’s clear that Fit4Less aims to offer a fairly barebones workout experience at a reflecting cost. It was really interesting that of all the sites I visited this was the only one that let me see a membership cost, and not only that, it seems to be a highlighting feature. For $10.00-$20.00 monthly or an upfront fee of $120.00-$240.00 a year. It seems like Fit4Less also includes many of these same facilities as GoodLife, but with an emphasis on cutting the extra things like personal training, swimming pools and showers to save on costs. It’s definitely a barebones approach to fitness, but it makes a lot of sense for people who may never use those facilities at all. It’s also a fraction of the price of its competitors so being able to put up with a little less flair to save on cost actually seems like a healthy compromise.
So it seems like in the overall scheme of things, each gym shares the basics like water-fountains, weight lifting equipment, cardio equipment and things like tanning and massage. However for extra features like showers, relaxation areas, pools, trainers and classes this is what you pay extra for. Essentially every gym has a value of $120.00-$240.00 per year, but it’s really up to the person to decide if paying an extra $500.00-$700.00 on top of that is worth more than the fitness aspect alone. For these reasons I have decided to sign up with Fit4Less, since it works within my budget as a student and offers the services that really matter to my cause. I’m going to a gym for the sole purpose of working out, and as long is I am able to take advantage of that aspect, the extra features on top aren’t very important to me.
Thanks for reading this weeks post everyone! Please let me know what gyms mentioned or not interest you the most. For sneak peek into next week’s post let me know what part of your body you’re most interested in improving, once again the is Lanky Man signing out!
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“Signed up at fit4Less today! The rates are really reasonable, so who wants to sign up and get that grind going?”