Is it really that expensive?!

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    Oct 14, 2011 6:59 AM GMT
    I wanted to try out kickboxing so this week I did 2 days worth of intro classes at one of the kickboxing academy's here in Vancouver just to try it out. It was great, I thought the classes were fun, and the instructor seemed to know what he was doing (but hell, I wouldn't know. No martial arts experience, here). Today I met up with one of the people who worked there to discuss what my options to join their academy. She said my options were, for classes 2x a week, either to pay for a years worth of classes for $1600, or to put a down payment and then pay monthly. If I put down $500, I'd be paying about 130 monthly for a year. And then it is the same thing again next year if I decide to continue.

    Is this how much most kickboxing places usually charge? Maybe I'm just being a cheap college student.. But man, I'm kinda bummed. I didn't expect it to cost that much.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 14, 2011 7:02 AM GMT
    If your not training to fight it is alot. You could pay less for a 5 star gym that has classes for kickboxing.icon_idea.gif
    Point is if you like it don't stop doing it. Great exercise and it can be fun.
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    Oct 14, 2011 7:12 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidIf your not training to fight it is alot. You could pay less for a 5 star gym that has classes for kickboxing.icon_idea.gif
    Point is if you like it don't stop doing it. Great exercise and it can be fun.


    I'm still at the point where fighting seems a bit scary, but eventually I'll get there. Great idea, I didn't even think of looking into gyms with classes. I should look into those too.
  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 14, 2011 2:23 PM GMT
    I have a hunch that it's too expensive. I'd call around. Do you have to make a commitment for a whole year?
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    Oct 14, 2011 2:41 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 saidI have a hunch that it's too expensive. I'd call around. Do you have to make a commitment for a whole year?


    Yeah. They don't do monthly, but they said that we could put something on the contract to let me opt out after three months.
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    Oct 14, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    Last season of "the biggest loser", the alternate pair of trainers used cardio kickboxing for weight loss. They were getting great results. Some of the team members saw a slowdown in progress when they switched back to the normal treadmill/rope stuff.


    Now, I pay about $60 an hour for personal training. $1,600 lasts me about 6 months. That sounds like 104 hours of classes. $16 an hour per person is very lucrative for them. How many people are in a class?

    Spin classes at Bally's Fitness had a fee to cover maintenance costs on the bikes. I think that was $3 a class.


    But, you're in Vancouver Canada where everything is expensive.

    I'm bringing my own diet coke next time at $4 a bottle...

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    Oct 14, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    RobertF64 saidLast season of "the biggest loser", the alternate pair of trainers used cardio kickboxing for weight loss. They were getting great results. Some of the team members saw a slowdown in progress when they switched back to the normal treadmill/rope stuff.


    Now, I pay about $60 an hour for personal training. $1,600 lasts me about 6 months. That sounds like 104 hours of classes. $16 an hour per person is very lucrative for them. How many people are in a class?

    Spin classes at Bally's Fitness had a fee to cover maintenance costs on the bikes. I think that was $3 a class.


    But, you're in Vancouver Canada where everything is expensive.

    I'm bringing my own diet coke next time at $4 a bottle...



    IIRC, there were about 15 people in the class yesterday. Kickboxing was a great workout; I'm just trying to figure out if it's worth the price. Sucks living in Vancouver, eh?
  • dancedancekj

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    Oct 14, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
    Wouldn't you be able to just get some kind of instructional videos for a much, much cheaper price? I'm not familiar with kickboxing, but that price seems a bit exorbitant. I pay $100 for 8 weeks of ballet classes, or $60 for a month of ballroom dancing 3x a week....
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    Oct 14, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    This is crazy. All those group type gyms are charging way to much. Join a normal gym that has classes included in the membership. Try fitness world. I now they can be a bit of a meat market and the gyms can be a bit of a mess sometimes, but really it's better bang for your buck. I'm in the biz, live in Squamish but still have my f.w. membership.
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    Oct 14, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    My friend had to pay like 200 a month for 6 months of kickboxing classes. I would ask for a discount if you pay upfront. Everyone haggles. They may want to fill those spots.
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    Oct 14, 2011 6:47 PM GMT
    I have to say I'd be more reliable if I had an appointment to keep as opposed to doing it at home..

    I think you'll see similar results for a $150 investment in the P90X DVD set from Amazon dot com. And, you won't have to travel to the gym.

    But, I've discovered, personally, that the drawback to being a 24hr fitness member is I can procrastinate/surf enough porn to finally put myself in the gym...at 1am.

    If you are getting results, its probably worth the cost, IMHO.

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    Oct 14, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    I worked at a karate school we charged 115.00 monthly for 2 classes a week.(class + sparring + weapons) not including the gear. Again this is karate not kickboxing. So it seems pretty pricey this place you are looking at. But I gotta say training for kick boxing is worth paying a little bit more.

    Also learn their background. I've heard of stories where places will take your down payments then leave at some random weekend with everyone's money.