NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Gym owners have a good racket going. After all, many people join them, but rarely use them.
According to StatisticBrain.com, 67% of Americans who have joined a gym largely ignore them. Even the average gym member only goes twice a week, despite paying an average $58 per month for a membership. (That means they "underutilize" their participation to the tune of $39 a month, according to StatisticBrain.)
One fitness club owner says the reasons people join gyms are askew right out of the gate.
"Consumers commonly join gyms for the wrong reasons," said Eric Casaburi, chief executive of Retro Fitness, a national fitness chain. "While they all have the same goal of leading a healthier lifestyle, many join what seems like their most convenient gym option or become members of a club based off their group of friends."
The better plan is to balance cost with need, he adds.
"These factors are OK to keep in consideration … the ultimate decision should be based on the core amenities you plan to utilize in conjunction with the cost of membership," Casaburi says. To get a battle plan that's as fit for your wallet as it is to your physique, Casaburi advises the following:
Break down dollar costs. Do some math before you join a gym, he says. "Take the number of times you work out each month and divide it by the cost you are paying per month. If you only go a few times a month and are paying a hefty fee, it might be time to consider joining a new gym."