10 Best Cheap Gym Memberships for 2024: Break a Sweat but Not Your Budget

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An expensive gym membership can be good for your health but not so great for your budget. However, a cheap monthly membership to a local gym can certainly be worth the price tag. A handful of major fitness and gym chains offer affordable memberships that can meet most fitness needs. 

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10 Best Cheap Gym Memberships

Affordable gym memberships with low enrollment fees or monthly fees are fewer and farther between in 2024. If you are looking to join a gym with good exercise equipment, free fitness training or even a yoga class or two, you may be expecting a pricey membership fee. To make sure you break a sweat, not your budget, see if you have any of the following low-cost gyms in your area:

  1. Planet Fitness
  2. 24 Hour Fitness
  3. YMCA
  4. LA Fitness
  5. Anytime Fitness
  6. Crunch Fitness
  7. Snap Fitness
  8. YouFit Gyms
  9. Blink Fitness
  10. XSport Fitness

Cheap Gyms: A Quick Cost Comparison

If you’re simply looking for the cheapest gym to join, the following table provides the cost of a basic membership at each gym featured on this list. Some gyms also charge a one-time fee when you initially join, sometimes called an initiation fee, which you should determine before joining.

Gym Membership Cost Annual Fee
Planet Fitness $10 $49
24 Hour Fitness Varies by location; some as low as $9.99 $49 for some membership tiers
YMCA Varies by location None at many locations
LA Fitness $39.99 $49
Anytime Fitness Varies by location; $41 on average Varies by location
Crunch Fitness $9.99 Varies by location
Snap Fitness Varies by location Varies by location
YouFit Gyms $9.99 for 12-month commitment; $14.99 for month-to-month membership $49.99
Blink Fitness Varies by location $59.99
XSport Fitness Varies by location $54.95
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1. Planet Fitness

Membership Cost: Starts at $10 per month

Annual Fee: $49

The price of a basic Planet Fitness membership is hard to beat. At just $10 per month, you get unlimited access to your home club and workouts on the PF App. If you opt for a PF Black Card membership at $24.99 per month, some of the additional club benefits you receive include:

  • Use of any Planet Fitness club
  • Use of tanning, hydromassage, hydromassage chairs and the Total Body Enhancement machine
  • Ability to bring a guest to any gym visit 

To make a Planet Fitness membership even more affordable, you can earn free months if you refer friends and they join.

2. 24 Hour Fitness

Membership Cost: Varies by location; some start as low as $9.99 per month

Annual Fee: $49.99 for some membership tiers

24 Hour Fitness features one of the best gym apps: the 24GO app, which provides access to over 2,000 workouts. It’s available to every member. With the basic Silver membership, you get unlimited access to club cardio and strength training equipment. If you choose the Gold or Platinum membership, you may receive some of the following benefits, depending on your membership tier:

  • Access to GX24 studio classes
  • Multilocation access
  • Use of basketball court, pool, whirlpool or sauna at some locations
  • Two Buddy Passes per month

24 Hour Fitness also provides occasional deals that allow you to skip the annual fee or get a discount on the club’s one-time initiation fee when you sign up for specific memberships.

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3. YMCA

Membership Cost: Varies by location

Annual Fee: None at many locations

The YMCA now has more than 2,650 locations nationwide. Membership rates vary by location, so contact your local YMCA for exact pricing. To give you a general idea of the cost, memberships at the YMCA of Central Florida range from $29 to $55 per month for a single member and there is no annual fee. You can also get family memberships. 

Every membership includes the use of exercise and cardio equipment. Depending on the location, a YMCA membership can also give you access to the following amenities:

  • Access to swimming pools, exercise classes or sports teams 
  • Use of the sauna and steam room 
  • Discounts on other paid YMCA programs, such as lessons and team sports 

4. LA Fitness

Membership Cost: Starts at $39.99

Annual Fee: $49

Unlike many other gyms featured on this list, LA Fitness has one membership tier with two pricing options. If you can afford a one-time $75 fee when you sign up, you’ll only pay $39.99 monthly rather than $49.99. Depending on the location, you may receive the following benefits with an LA Fitness membership:

  • Use of state-of-the-art weights and cardio equipment
  • Access to a heated pool, basketball court and racquetball court
  • Group fitness classes 
  • Personal training for an additional fee

5. Anytime Fitness

Membership Cost: Varies by location; $41 per month on average

Annual Fee: Varies by location

Anytime Fitness locations are open 24/7, so you can work out at a time that works for you. Although membership prices vary by location, the average cost of a membership is $41 per month, and most branches offer new customers a seven-day free trial. Here are some additional membership details:

  • Multi-club access 
  • 24-hour security 
  • Personal training, group training or team workouts at some clubs
  • Tanning services and hydromassage beds available at select clubs
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6. Crunch Fitness

Membership Cost: Starts at $9.99 per month

Annual Fee: Varies by location

Crunch Fitness has hundreds of locations plus 28 beefed-up Signature clubs. The basic membership includes access to the workout equipment, cardio machines, locker room, showers and online nutrition program. Other Crunch membership tiers may also include the following:

  • Group fitness classes 
  • Use of massage and tanning beds 
  • Multi-club access
  • Guest privileges

7. Snap Fitness

Membership Cost: Varies by location

Annual Fee: Varies by location

With more than 1,000 locations, there might be a Snap Fitness in your neighborhood. Membership types and pricing vary by location. For example, you can expect to pay $39.95 monthly in Tampa, Florida, and $45 for an individual membership in Gilroy, California. Some locations only offer an individual membership, while others also have family memberships.

With a Snap Fitness membership, you typically have access to the following features: 

  • 24/7 access
  • Multi-club access
  • Group fitness classes
  • On-demand fitness classes
  • Myzone heart rate technology for tracking progress during workouts 

8. YouFit Gyms

Membership Cost: Starts at $9.99 for a 12-month commitment or $14.99 for month-to-month membership

Annual Fee: $49.99

The basic YouFit monthly membership, which gives you access to the strength and cardio equipment, starts at $9.99 for a 12-month commitment or $14.99 for a month-to-month membership. You can opt to upgrade to the Premium membership tier for $26.99 per month ($23.99 for a 12-month commitment) or the Premium+ membership for $39.99 per month ($36.99 for a 12-month commitment). Here are some key features of the upper-tier memberships at some locations:

  • Access to specialized workout equipment, pickleball courts, group fitness sessions, personal trainers, cycle classes and massage beds
  • Free guest passes 
  • Multi-gym access
  • Small group training 
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9. Blink Fitness

Membership Cost: Varies by location 

Annual Fee: $59.99 

You can find pricing for each location on the Blink website, but pricing is similar no matter where you work out. You’ll pay $20 to $41 per month in Boston, depending on the membership tier. In Dallas, you’ll pay $15 to $41. An Orange membership, the cheapest tier, gives you unlimited home club access. With a Blue or Green membership, you may also gain access to the following:

  • Virtual classes and workouts on the Blink app
  • Unlimited guest privileges
  • Multi-club use

You can save on a membership at some locations when you pay via your checking account rather than a credit card.

10. XSport Fitness

Membership Cost: Varies by location

Annual Fee: $54.95

With an XSport Fitness basic membership, you get unlimited access to the strength and cardio equipment, as well as the steam room and sauna, at your home club. Upgrade to one of the premium memberships and you may also receive the following benefits:

  • Studio-style group training programs and customized personal training sessions
  • Group fitness classes
  • Access to basketball courts, lap pools, whirlpools and rock climbing walls
  • Use of spa services

Final Take To GO

If you’ve made the 2024 resolution to get in better shape or improve your health, the first step in researching cheap gym memberships is determining which gyms are available in your area. Hopefully, a few options on this list are nearby. Compare monthly dues, annual fees, one-time sign-up fees and membership benefits to find the best fit for your needs. 

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Also, read any terms and conditions to understand cancellation policies and fees since some gyms may require an annual commitment. Before signing up, find out if any new member promotions are available. You can save quite a bit if you join when one is offered.

Caitlyn Moorhead contributed to the reporting for this article.

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