24 Hour fitness: negotiation tips?

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walletless
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24 Hour fitness: negotiation tips?

Post by walletless » Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:24 pm

I'm looking to join 24 Hour Fitness month-to-month. The Costco deal with 2 year commitment is great, but I prefer something without commitment.

My employer has a decent deal with 24: No initiation fees, $29.99/month, and $49.99 annual fee for all-sport. That runs about $410 per year.

I'm wondering if there is any way I can do better than that -- something closer to $20/month for all-sport or $30/month for super-sport facilities.

Any tips on how to negotiate? I'm not an existing member. I'm told that gym sales are worse than car salesman, and am apprehensive.

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Re: 24 Hour fitness: negotiation tips?

Post by pascal » Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:39 pm

Just tell them you got a few exercise videos like power 90 and p90x and a neighbor and you are going to work out together and its way cheaper than $410 year.
Also bring into picture the commute, the preparation, parking, shower situation is way better working out at home.

Then - tell them the only way you will consider a gym is if its around $200/year.
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Re: 24 Hour fitness: negotiation tips?

Post by squirm » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:18 pm

I have a lifetime membership, but got that 15 years ago, at $50 a year. I had to pay $600 upfront. Do they still do that?

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Re: 24 Hour fitness: negotiation tips?

Post by travellight » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:20 pm

^ I got that also, squirm. It is one of my best deals ever. 10 years of $49/year.... recently, it was increased to $99/year but hard to complain.

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Re: 24 Hour fitness: negotiation tips?

Post by N10sive » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:22 pm

squirm wrote:I have a lifetime membership, but got that 15 years ago, at $50 a year. I had to pay $600 upfront. Do they still do that?
Like squirm said you should look into a annual membership that has the ability for a lifetime membership. I do not know if the still offer this but about 7 years ago I signed up for a 4 year commitment for 500 dollars. After that it was 29 annual for the rest of my life. By far a better deal if your planning to fork over over 400 annual for just a year.

But I don't know if they do this anymore

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Re: 24 Hour fitness: negotiation tips?

Post by le_sacre » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:39 pm

walletless wrote:The Costco deal with 2 year commitment is great, but I prefer something without commitment.
I'm afraid this is what is going to kill all your power in the negotiation. Gyms profit off of people making a payment commitment and failing to do the participation commitment of using the facilities. If you're not willing to play to their wager by paying lots of months up-front, there's no incentive for them to do anything but nickle-and-dime you for everything they can each month that you stick around.

However, if you tell them you're considering the Costco deal (which I agree is a great deal), there's a lot of incentive for the rep to try to match it, since otherwise there's no guarantee when you come back in with the executed Costco deal it will get counted towards their numbers.

Also consider that an advance payment can be seen as a great feature, as extra motivation to exercise (since if you don't you will feel like you're losing money).

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Re: 24 Hour fitness: negotiation tips?

Post by squirm » Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:45 pm

travellight wrote:^ I got that also, squirm. It is one of my best deals ever. 10 years of $49/year.... recently, it was increased to $99/year but hard to complain.
Mine is still at $50, my wife is still at $29! Going on 15 years now, I'm always at the gym too, so it's been working well.

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Re: 24 Hour fitness: negotiation tips?

Post by walletless » Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:54 pm

squirm wrote:I have a lifetime membership, but got that 15 years ago, at $50 a year. I had to pay $600 upfront. Do they still do that?
I don't believe they do that any more, at least they do not talk about that option. The commitment option is 1 year @ $25/mo, no initiation fees, $49.99 annual fees. After the 1 year period, it switches to month-to-month. At that time, they could increase the monthly fee, annual fee, or both.

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Re: 24 Hour fitness: negotiation tips?

Post by jcar » Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:23 pm

Check out planet fitness. I pay 10.00 per month.

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Re: 24 Hour fitness: negotiation tips?

Post by walletless » Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:48 pm

jcar wrote:Check out planet fitness. I pay 10.00 per month.
Looked at it already.. the closest location is about 25 minutes away with normal traffic :-(

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