In ny column on CBC Radio's Edmonton AM (found here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1263392323623) I talked about cost effective gyms in Edmonton that can cost you as low as $9.99 per month. If you want a no frills place to workout that is close to your neighbourhood and won't break the bank then check these places out!
How can the cost be so low?
Costs for these gyms can be between $10 and $40 for a few reasons:
A) Location and size: many of these gyms aren't located in major traffic areas - they aren't downtown, they aren't on St. Albert Trail or Calgary Trail. They're also a lot smaller than the average big box gym - Basically no bigger than a corner store. So all in, they're way more cost effective to run. The franchisees also strategized to place many of these gyms in neighbourhoods - this is wonderful for people who really don't want or need to commute to downtown or whyte avenue just to get their sweat on.
B) Equipment: I'll say this but also put a little asterisk beside it that not all gyms are the same and the quality varies. Places like Snap Fitness, Anytime, and Crunch have more of paired own offering for gym equipment maybe a few treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, a smaller avaiability of weights - maybe one set per weight and they only go up to 120 lbs - a limited number of squat racks, and a few machines. Some of the equipment is lower in quality - maybe the machines don't have as many adjustment points etc... In a gym like this you could probably fit 10 or so people comfortably instead of a mass of individuals.
C) Staffing: where most gyms have staff like fitness advisors, front desk, and other health related people, most of these gyms have a limited number of staff that work at the gym - maybe one person just at the front desk. They may process your monthly transaction once just ot get you started but after that it's all handled by headquarters so it's not as complicated for the owners. The staff also don't work 24 hours a day so there are times that you will be by yourself in the gym. I remember walking into a SNAP Fitness and the person who toured me around the facility pointed out every panic button around so that, in the event of an issue, I could hit the button and send police there right away. At these gyms, you can basically come and go as you please but also don't expect that you will be able to find qualified help like personal trainers unless they are just running their own business from that location.
D) Some of these gyms like Fit4Less are owned by bigger fitness companies, in this case, Goodlife. So much like Air Canada owns Rouge, they are creating a discount gym so that people who don't want to use all of the amenities at Goodlife, or more especially franchise owners that don't want to own big box gyms, can use these gyms that have a bit less to offer.
My biggest tips before chosing any gym are the following:
A) Look for Google and Facebook reviews: I would focus on comments about cleanliness and the number of people who use the gym at one time.
B) Take a tour and try it out for a week or a month: many places will allow you to try the gym out for a discounted price for a month or two weeks. Shop around and find the place that suits you the best.
C) Read the conteact carefully: look for things like the ability to put your membership on hold for vacations or costs associated wwith stopping a membership.
Here are a list of low cost gyms in Edmonton:
A) Crunch Fitness: https://www.crunch.com/
B) Fit4Less: https://fit4less.ca
C) Anytime Fitness: https://www.anytimefitness.com
D) Snap Fitness: https://www.snapfitness.com/
Head out there and enjoy the pump!
If you have any suggestions about discount gyms in Edmonton, send me a message and I can add it to the list!