Multiple Gym Memberships

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    Aug 24, 2007 4:49 AM GMT
    Really this is just out of curiosity, but how many of you fine lads have more than one gym membership? When I moved to LA - briefly - I was fascinated that people had memberships at gyms near their home and near work (and by a lot of other things too, but i digress). It made sense there in retrospect.

    So here I am in NYC again and now it's me with two memberships. I don't mean gyms with multiple locations, such as NYSC, either. I belong to them and manage to live in the one neighborhood where they don't seem to have a gym (if nothing else, I always have a bathroom somewhere in Manhattan). I also belong to the little gym across the street.

  • imaxim

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    Aug 24, 2007 5:14 PM GMT
    I'm a member of both 24 Hour Fitness and Gold's Gym here. I got the former membership earlier on, because of the many locations and better hours (I was sometimes working out as late as 11pm back then). It's very cheap to maintain now (I got a deal), so I keep it because it's handy when I travel, and some of their locations have pools.

    Gold's tends to have more available free weights and cardio equipment, and they have a much higher percentage of gay members (at least in this area). Since I don't normally go out on the weekends, it's nice to have that as an option for meeting people, even though it rarely actually happens.
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    Aug 24, 2007 5:30 PM GMT
    I had two memberships for years when I did an hour-long commute to the office--worked out up there during the weekdays and at a gym closer to home on the weekends. And I also had two gym memberships when I was swimming--my primary gym doesn't have a pool. Gave it up recently, a little too much trouble and a little too expensive.
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    Aug 24, 2007 5:42 PM GMT
    I nearly joined two gyms for similar reasons, and know several people who are active members at more than one chain.

    I had an unexpectedly (at least for me) difficult time finding a gym in NY that had what I was looking for. I eventually wound up at Equinox (Brooklyn Heights).

    The price kind of rules out multiple memberships for me, but the gym is so spectacular that I figure I can justify the limitation.
  • code_joe

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    Aug 24, 2007 6:09 PM GMT
    I have a membership at two gyms myself. I plopped down a lump sum at 24 Hour fitness that basically made it so I will have a membership for many years to come (after my regular membership runs out it will only cost 50 a year to renew).

    However when I moved to Phoenix they basically don't take care of their 24 Hour Fitness gyms down here, so I went out and started going to the LA Fitness that my boyfriend goes to.
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    Aug 25, 2007 6:37 AM GMT
    is that the Equinox on Court Street? It's really that nice? My restaurant is right around there.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 25, 2007 10:59 AM GMT
    I belong to three gyms down here in FL...
    One is a Mega-gym complex that's all over the country so I know most likely if I travel there will be a gym somewhere in the city that I go to

    the others are in Ft Laud and Miami
    I'm split btw the two cities because of my job so depending where I am on any given day I can always head over to a nearby gym
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    Aug 25, 2007 11:20 AM GMT
    I have two memberships: one at work which is 24/7-I do shift work(240$/yr).

    The second is in the town I now live(360$/year).

    the third is the great outdoors(priceless).
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    Aug 25, 2007 5:17 PM GMT
    I live right in between 2 different 24/hr fitness locations here in Hollywood California. The Arclight and West Hollywood. They both have pluses and minuses, but most importantly, pools, so I alternate locations when I get bored with the water and scenery of either.

    I briefly thought about joining another gym, since 24hr is really slipping in terms of cleanliness and quality, but I've only paid $29 a month for the past 10 years, so that's kind of a good deal.
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    Aug 25, 2007 6:38 PM GMT
    well for me, I teach at multiple locations around the city, so I guess in a way I have multiple gym memberships, but the nice thing is I don't pay for any of them.
    I used to work for Equinox, so I could go to any of there gyms. They aren't as big here as they are in NYC. Here in Chicago the one in the finacial district definitely has a much younger and intense group, but the one I helped to open in the Gold Coast is mostly older folks.
    Here in Chicago the gym with the most locations is Fitness Fomrmula.


    I have had a Bally's membership for 15 years!!
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    Aug 25, 2007 8:18 PM GMT
    Is Quads still around in Chicago?
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    Aug 27, 2007 6:52 PM GMT
    Good question, some often laugh at the amount of memberships I have. I am in the fitness business and have had my share of recognition for my videos and magazine appearances so at times gyms would comp me a membership or give me a few free weeks.

    I found that having several memberships keeps me focused, especially if you spend 90 minutes 5 days a week there. When part of your career depends on your physical condition it becomes more like a job sometimes, so for my personal experience having several gym memberships works great for me.

    Sometimes the gym, the people, the workouts get boring, so changing it up helps. Also, some gyms have different vibes, and are more motivating then others.

    I belong to NYSC, Golds, Ballys, Crunch between NY and Manhattan. The Crunch on Laffayette has a great vibe. The NYSC in NJ I go to tends to attract older 'Suburban' guys and young kids neither of which, ( not all, just some) are cronic complainers and excuse makers.

    I think it is good for your head and your workouts to belong to at least 2 gyms, and switch every few weeks to 60 days.

    Aj Di
  • leaozinho

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    Aug 29, 2007 1:27 AM GMT
    I have joined the ranks of those of you with two memberships. I work very close to the Equinox in Soho and I live two blocks from the Equinox in Brooklyn Heights. Currently, I am a member of the YMCA in Downtown Brooklyn. My main fear is the expense. Equinox is superior and the Y does not compare. But $55/month is so much less than $160/month.

    I may keep my Y membership so I can keep seeing my trainer who is at the Y and he charges me a friendly rate. I wouldn't be able to afford an Equinox trainer on a weekly basis. Also, I like to have a pool for lap swim. The Time Warner and Greenwich Equinox have pools so I might check those out.

    Given the classes and equipment and quality, Equinox seems to be worth the high price.

    If any of you guys go to the Soho or Brooklyn Equinox, send me a message. I would like to have a buddy or spot.

    I hope I dont go broke for my gym membership :-)

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    Aug 29, 2007 1:52 AM GMT
    $160! I spend $70 per month and my gym is about the nicest in columbus sans a pool. The Lifetime at Easton is only about $45 per month last I checked. That's a killer gym with childcare center and two pools, hot and dry saunas, giant jacuzzis...

    I only have one membership. It's the gym near my work. Otherwise I cycle outdoors, or run in the park that's right behind my house.

    I'd think about it,if it help motivate me to get in my workouts.
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    Aug 29, 2007 2:03 AM GMT
    remember that the two Equinoxs you mentioned are brand new.

    i would pop into the one on Greenwich or the one on the UWS and see how they maintain things.

    Still, i hear the least complaints about Equinox. It's NYC, you get what you pay for.
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    Aug 29, 2007 3:10 AM GMT
    I have three memberships-
    Gold's- because they are 24 hours , 600+ locations worldwide and its only $15/mo corporate discount.
    Lifetime Fitness- Exceptional gyms and facilities and I pay $78 there to go to all the clubs in the US(it is cheaper if you decide only to go to one club) and I have a small hardcore gym that I belong to as well.
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    Sep 09, 2007 5:28 PM GMT
    Yeah sometimes multiple memberships are a good thing. I have 2 at club one and golds gym, Clubone is closer to where I live, and gold's I just go there for fun. Mainly to workout with my friends. You gotta have your social time too everyday!!! Anyway NYSC is a great gym to be!David Barton gym in nyc is were anderson cooper and other celebs go in new york.I love check out other gyms as much as I could.