Average Gym Membership Cost 2021 [Gym Price Analysis]

Posted on 04 March, 2021 by Nicholas Rizzo

We compiled the prices of the different membership plans at 16 popular gym chains in the US (as of January 15th, 2021) to analyze the average gym membership costs in 2021. The comprehensive analysis specifically addresses:

What does the average gym membership cost per month in 2021?

After analyzing the prices of 16 popular U.S. gym chains, we found that the average monthly cost of a gym membership in 2021 is $37.71. Prices vary as well based on the membership; ranging from $31.00 with lower-tier memberships to $44.42 on higher-tier memberships.

 

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The monthly rate of higher tier memberships cost an average of 43.29% more than low tier membership.

This $13 price difference between the average lower and higher tier memberships comes with it's perks. Many upper-level memberships include unlimited access to pools, basketball courts, saunas, hot tubs, premium machines, personal trainers, meal plans, daycare, multiple gyms across the state or country, guest privledges, weight machines, cardio machines, fresh towels, locker rooms, and showers.

How much does the average annual gym membership cost?

In the US the average annual membership cost is $507 for the first year. The cost drops to $479 for the succeeding years because you no longer pay any initiation or enrolment fees.

 

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During the first year, the high-end tier is 36.36% higher compared to the average cost of low-end gym memberships. In the second year of your membership, the average high-end price is 41.91% more than the average low-end tier.

Gym membership cost comparison

37.5% of the 16 gym chains charge $20 dollars or lower per month for their lower tier memberships. The higher tier plans at these gyms are still relatively inexpensive, ranging from $22.99 to $36.99 per month. 

If you have more budget to spend on monthly gym membership fees, you can also consider Gold's Gym, Goodlife Fitness, and Life Time Fitness. Their low-end tiers range from $40 to $70, while their high-end tiers cost somewhere between $55 to $80 a month.

 

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The prices stipulated above are just the monthly fees and you can expect to pay to $1 to $150 more in the first month if there are initiation fees included.

When including the annual fee, which some gyms charge by the second or third month, that's another $20 to $60 added to your total cost.

 

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62.5% of US gym chains charge less than $500 for both their high and low-end plans with the overall annual prices range from as low as $159 for Planet Fitness's low-end membership to as high as $948 at LifeTime Fitness. 

These affordable gyms include Planet Fitness (low - $159 and high - $314.80), Youfit ($170 and $337.99), Crunch ($279 and $399.30), Work Out World ($180 and $407.99), Blink Fitness ($339 and $459), Anytime Fitness ($414 and $468), Retrofitness ($349 and $468.88), and LA Fitness ($275 and $490.88).

The 5 cheapest gyms to join on a budget (under $20/month)

1. Planet Fitness

How much does a Planet Fitness membership cost?

Yes, Planet Fitness really does charge as low as $10 dollars per month and up to as high as $22.99 for a Black Card membership (billing all members on the 17th of every month). In addition to these monthly costs, Planet Fitness charges an initiation fee of $29 for Classic members and $1 for Black Card. On top of that, you will be billed $39 for the annual fee. The annual cost of a gym membership at Planet Fitness ranges between $188 to $315. 

What amenities does Planet Fitness have?

  • Free fitness training through their PE@PF program with a certified trainer.
  • Free WiFi access for all members.
  • Digital classes through the Planet Fitness App for all members to provide guided workouts, workout tracking, and class schedules. 
  • Planet Fitness is open 24-hours a day at many locations.
  • There are very spacious and clean locker rooms, as well as showers available to all members. 

Unfortunately, Planet Fitness does not provide features such as a sauna, a steam room, or pool.

Cost of canceling your Planet Fitness membership

If you decide to cancel your membership, you need to send a letter to your “home club” or the gym location where you signed up or fill out a cancellation form in person by going there. Each club has different cancellation policies and fees which range between $58 to $99.

2. Youfit

How much does a YouFit membership cost?

A YouFit membership costs anywhere from $10 per month for the basic level membership to as high as $24.99 for their “best value Lime Card membership”. With an annual fee of $49.99, the total annual price tag for a YouFit membership ranges between $180 to $351.

What amenities does YouFit have?

  • YouFit memberships come with free lockers and showers
  • a personal trainer to help guide you and create personalized plans to achieve your own fitness goals
  • YouGX Group Fitness Classes
  • Top of the line fitness and cardio equipment, machines, free weights, squat racks, and more
  • Select locations include access to saunas, tanning, massage beds, and steam rooms
  • Some locations also offer smoothie bars, cardio cinema, HIIT areas, and child care
  • Free Wifi

Cost of canceling your YouFit membership

To cancel your membership you must fill out a cancellation form, which you can download from the Youfit site, and bring it to your gym or deliver via certified mail. You have to pay all outstanding fees, making the cancellation fee at YouFit reach as high as $60.

3. Work Out World

How much does a Work Out World membership cost?

Work Out World membership options ranges anywhere from $10 to $39.99 per month. They don’t have an initiation fee but they charge an annual fee of $59.99 for both membership offerings. When all fees are accounted for, the total price tag annually ranges from $179.99 to $419.87.

What amenities does Work Out World have?

  • Steam rooms & saunas
  • 3000 square foot Aerobics studio
  • 30 - 50,000 sq. foot fitness center area
  • Women's only area
  • Free personal training session with every membership
  • Unlimited tanning for platinum members

Cost of canceling your Work Out World membership

To cancel your Work Out World membership, know that they do not accept phone, fax, e-mail, or in person cancellation requests. You need to send a cancellation letter certified.  Also, you need to pay for the dues in the month you applied for a cancellation and the dues for the following month. That fee could be anywhere from $60 to $240.

4. World Gym

How much does a World Gym membership cost?

To join World Gym, it costs anywhere from $15.99 to $36.99 per month. When the initiation fee is accounted for, the total annual price for a World Gym membership ranges from $221.88 to $473.88.

What amenities does World Gym have?

  • Free WiFi
  • Free fitness evaluations
  • All plans above the basic plan open up access to other World Gym locations and guest privileges
  • The Kids Club child care services at World Gym are available to all but free for one child to all VIP All-Access Plan members ($419.88 / year)
  • Best in class cardio, fitness, and strength equipment and machines
  • Free weights and accessory equipment for group exercise classes and HIIT
  • Personal training and coaching services
  • Access to Les Mills classes

Cost of canceling your World Gym membership

World Gym doesn’t accept cancellations over email. You must provide a 60-day written notice sent by mail or drop it off at the gym where you signed up. Their policy also states that they consider the monthly fees of the last two months as the “cancellation fee.”

5. Crunch 

How much does a Crunch membership cost?

Crunch Fitness' monthly membership costs anywhere from $19.95 a month on their base plan to $29.95 per month on their peak results plan. When including their annual fee of $39.90, the total annual price of a Crunch Fitness membership ranges from $279.30 to $399.30 per year.

What amenities does Crunch Fitness have?

  • The base plan provides access to the home gym only while all other plans have access to 319 different clubs
  • Cardio and strength training machines, as well as free weights
  • Locker rooms with showers for all members
  • Online nutrition support 
  • For all members above the base membership, you also get access too:
    • Guest privileges
    • Group fitness classes
    • Crunch Live Online Workouts
    • Hydromassage
    • Advanced HIIT Classes
    • 3D Body Scans
    • Free T-Shirt

Cost of canceling your Crunch Fitness membership

To cancel your membership, you can call or email your gym or the main support line and tell them you wish to cancel your membership. They will then walk you through the process of canceling.  For canceling your membership, you are charged an early termination administration fee, as well as an additional cancellation fee for a total of $200.

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick is a powerlifter who believes cardio comes in the form of more heavy ass squats. Based on over 1.5 million lifts done at competitions, his PRs place him as an elite level powerlifter. His PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Forbes, Bodybuilding.com, Elite Daily and the like. Collaborating along the way with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.

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