The latest victim of cost-cutting...

  • styrgan

    Posts: 2017

    Jun 19, 2009 8:21 PM GMT
    My company sent out an email today stating that effective August 1, they will be eliminating a whole bunch of things from our employee compensation package - including Fitness Reimbursement. Which means I can probably no longer afford my expensive membership to NYSC, and will have to transition to something more cost-effective.

    There's no other gym that has locations in both Manhattan and Staten Island that's convenient for me.

    Anyone else have this happen to them? Any advice on finding a new gym? Should I maybe commit to just working out when I get back from work on the island where gyms are cheaper and forget working out during my lunch hour?
  • styrgan

    Posts: 2017

    Jun 19, 2009 10:59 PM GMT
    jprichva saidIt may be time for you to go postal, Styrggy.
    Next time they'll think twice.


    Not a bad idea...

    Anyone out there willing to make monetary contributions?

    No....?
  • dfrourke

    Posts: 1062

    Jun 20, 2009 12:16 AM GMT
    Well, it's a REALLY rough time in California right now...and I'm having a hard time being sympathetic to the loss of your expensive gym membership...when my staff and I are facing forced furloughs, layoffs, salary reductions, unpaid holiday time, and increases in employee health benefit contributions and retirement contributions...

    ...it's generally ugly...and these are the measures we are employing to SAVE jobs so that we don't kill California's economy completely...

    [sigh]

    - David icon_wink.gif
  • coolarmydude

    Posts: 9190

    Jun 20, 2009 12:19 AM GMT
    What if you requested a trade in benefits. You give up something else, likely something you don't use, and get the gym membership instead. If you're willing to give up a benefit that costs more than the gym membership, I'm sure they'll be open ears.
  • styrgan

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    Jun 20, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidWhat if you requested a trade in benefits. You give up something else, likely something you don't use, and get the gym membership instead. If you're willing to give up a benefit that costs more than the gym membership, I'm sure they'll be open ears.


    That would work if i had any additional benefits to speak of. The time of bonuses, and 401(k) matches, and actually being given a decent raise when you get a promotion are over. I'm lucky I get my travel expenses reimbursed at this point.
  • jlly_rnchr

    Posts: 1759

    Jun 20, 2009 1:30 AM GMT
    It does suck, losing benefits we've grown accustomed to. The question is, when will we get these benefits back once the economy recovers? My concern is that our companies will not give us these extras back for a long time with the easy excuse that it's the only way to stay stable.
  • Timbales

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    Jun 20, 2009 1:56 AM GMT
    no Planet Fitness nearby?
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jun 20, 2009 2:21 AM GMT
    I work out at home, with a few dumbells, an arm curl bar, and a chin up trapeze that looks like something a criminal would be hung from, and it saves me tons of money in gym fees. You still have your job, unless I misunderstood, as GB would have said. You could set up a home gym and save the time it takes to get to the unfinanced gym.
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    Jun 20, 2009 2:59 AM GMT
    Out of curiosity, just how expensive are gyms near where you live? Every city has expensive downtown private clubs like NYSC, but there are also the omnipresent national chains with far more reasonable rates.
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    Jun 20, 2009 3:33 AM GMT
    Gotta do what you gotta do. Tough times for all.

    I'm just greatful I have a job..
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    Jun 20, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
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    costs me 21$ a month for a 4 day a week, 1 gym only deal.
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    Jun 21, 2009 2:18 AM GMT

    You may also be able to approach the problem from the other direction: i.e. talk to NYSC and get them lower your dues for a year. High end health clubs are taking a real beating and are making deals all over the place. NYSC's sister co. BSC just cut a friend's dues in half when his company stopped paying. Also, if you have health insurance, check to see how much (if anything) they will reimburse. Mines throws in $250 every October.