Never automatically pay the initiation fee
At most gyms it’s 100 percent negotiable, according to Tom Holland MS, CSCS, former gym owner and author of Beat the Gym. Holland told TODAY the easiest time to negotiate is in the summer when fewer people are signing up. In January, however, it is harder to fenagle a better price.
Pay per visit
We may not advertise it, but many gyms let you pay per visit. Even if it seems more expensive, it’s worth considering. Economists at the University of California at Berkeley found that the average gym user who enrolls in a monthly or annual membership pays 70 percent more than those who pay per visit—for a savings of about $300 a year. So before you sign up, ask yourself how many times (realistically, not ideally!) you’re really going to get to the gym each week. Find out when to save and when to splurge on your fitness routine.