10 Cheap Gym Memberships To Consider

When joining a gym, in addition to finding a place that has the services you’re looking for and is near your home or workplace, pricing is a factor to consider. Several national and regional gym chains offer relatively inexpensive memberships — starting around $10 per month for basic packages, up to $30 or $40 per month for higher-level packages that allow you to use all of the gym’s locations. Below, we list the cheapest gym memberships in the U.S., including what amenities are typically included at each gym.

What We Recommend

For a cheap, basic gym package that allows you unlimited access to your local gym and its fitness equipment, we recommend Planet Fitness, YouFit Health Clubs, or Crunch Fitness. The basic membership packages at these gyms cost less than $15 per month and allow you unlimited access to your local club. With Planet Fitness, you can also transfer your membership to a new location if you move. Note that additional fees, such as a one-time initiation fee, may apply.

Comparison Table

See the table below for a quick comparison of the monthly fee ranges at each gym, then click any gym name or scroll to the list below for more information.

Gym Monthly Fee
Planet Fitness $10 to $20
YouFit Health Clubs $10 to $25
Crunch Fitness $15 to $40
LA Fitness $20 to $33
Retro Fitness $20 to $30
Anytime Fitness $36 (approximate)
Gold's Gym $30 to $40
24 Hour Fitness $30 and up
Snap Fitness $30 to $40
YMCA Varies by location

The List

Note: We’ve ordered our list based on price, from lowest to highest.

1. Planet Fitness

  • Membership cost: Typically $10 per month for Classic Membership and $20 or more for Black Card Membership; there is also a $29 sign-up fee and $39 annual fee[1][2]
  • Includes:
  • Locations: Nationwide[3]
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2. YouFit Health Clubs

  • Membership cost: $10 per month for Standard membership; about $25 per month for Lime Card[4]
  • Includes:
    • Unlimited single-club access for Standard membership[4]
    • Unlimited access to all YouFit clubs, group exercise classes, guest passes, and more for Lime Card[4]
  • Locations: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia[5]
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3. Crunch Fitness

  • Membership cost: About $15 per month for Base membership package; $25 to $40 per month for different Peak packages. Enrollment and annual fees also apply but vary by location.[6]
  • Includes:
    • Unlimited single-club access and online nutrition for Base membership[6]
    • Access to all locations, guest passes, and more perks for different Peak package levels[6]
  • Locations: 32 states, Washington D.C., and some U.S. territories[7]
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4. LA Fitness

  • Membership cost: About $20 per month for Single Club Access ($125 initiation fee); about $33 per month for Multi Club/Multi State Access ($25 initiation fee)[8]
  • Includes:
    • Unlimited single-club access for the base package[8]
    • Unlimited access to all clubs for Multi Club/Multi State package[8]
  • Locations: Most U.S. states; some locations in Canada[9]
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5. Retro Fitness

  • Membership cost: About $20 per month for Flex Membership; about $30 for Ultimate Membership (additional fees may apply)[10]
  • Includes:
    • Single-location access for Flex Membership[10]
    • Nationwide gym access for Ultimate Membership, plus other amenities — like group classes and child care — that can vary by location[10]
  • Locations: Eastern U.S., as well as California and Utah[10]
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6. Anytime Fitness

  • Membership cost: Typically around $36 per month, though pricing and fees vary by location;[11] find out about potential savings in our research on family memberships at Anytime Fitness.
  • Includes: 24-hour gym access to worldwide locations, fitness consultation, group classes, tanning, and more (though amenities may vary by location)[12]
  • Locations: All 50 states (plus worldwide locations)[13]
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7. Gold’s Gym

  • Membership cost: Varies by location, but typically around $30 to $40 per month; enrollment fees may apply. You can select your nearest gym in the online locator to see its pricing offers.[14]
  • Includes: Unlimited gym access and on-demand workouts[15]
  • Locations: 24 states[14]
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8. 24 Hour Fitness

  • Membership cost: Varies by location but starts at around $30 per month for single-year and month-to-month plans; you can select your nearest gym in the online locator to find out more about its pricing options.[16]
  • Includes: Access to either the single club or all club locations depending on your membership plan, as well as other services — like group and personal training — that vary by location[17]
  • Locations: California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia[16]
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9. Snap Fitness

  • Membership cost: Varies by location, but typically around $30 to $40 per month, plus initiation fees[18]
  • Includes: 24-hour access, personal training, group classes, heart rate monitoring, and more[19]
  • Locations: Most U.S. states[20]
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10. YMCA

  • Membership cost: YMCA membership and program pricing vary by location but are often cheaper than major gym chains.
  • Includes: Gym access, group fitness, swimming lessons, child care, camps, sports for all ages, and more; some locations also participate in a Nationwide Membership program.
  • Locations: Nationwide
  • Find a gym

Wondering whether you should consider a more expensive gym? See our related research on whether or not a Life Time Fitness membership is worth it. We also list the gyms with month-to-month membership options.

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  4. https://www.youfit.com/join/step1[][][]
  5. https://www.youfit.com/gyms[]
  6. https://www.crunch.com/join[][][]
  7. https://www.crunch.com/locations[]
  8. https://www.lafitness.com/Pages/WhyJoin.aspx[][][]
  9. https://www.lafitness.com/Pages/FindClub.aspx[]
  10. https://retrofitness.com/find-a-gym-near-me/[][][][]
  11. https://www.anytimefitness.com/faqs/[]
  12. https://www.anytimefitness.com/membership/[]
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  14. https://www.goldsgym.com/locate-a-gym/[][]
  15. https://www.goldsgym.com/anywhere/?click_referral=footer[]
  16. https://www.24hourfitness.com/health_clubs/find-a-gym/[][]
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  18. https://www.snapfitness.com/us/member-faqs[]
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  20. https://www.snapfitness.com/us/gyms/[]
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