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As people begin to return to gyms and fitness centers for motivation and camaraderie, perhaps abandoning (or even selling) their home gym equipment in exchange for a gym membership, you may be surprised by how much it costs to work out.
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Fitness resource TotalShape.com analyzed data from cost-of-living site Numbeo to identify the most expensive U.S. cities in which to purchase a gym membership.
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New York City topped the list, with an average monthly fee of $106 for a gym membership in the five boroughs. The rest of the list follows — gym memberships in all the cities on the list come in well above the national average of $45 per month.
Most Expensive Cities for Gym Memberships (Monthly Cost)
- New York, New York: $106.
- San Francisco, California: $101.
- Santa Barbara, California: $92.
- Washington, D.C.: $85.
- Anchorage, Alaska: $79.
- Denver, Colorado: $77.
- Oakland, California: $73.
- Tacoma, Washington: $72.
- San Jose, California: $71.
- Minneapolis, Minnesota: $71.
- Boston, Massachusetts: $68.
Least Expensive Cities for Gym Memberships (Monthly Cost)
On the other hand, the following cities have the least expensive gym memberships you’ll find from coast-to-coast.
- Mesa, Arizona: $18.
- Memphis, Tennessee: $22.
- Cleveland, Ohio: $23.
- Las Vegas, Nevada: $26.
- Louisville, Kentucky: $26.
- Plano, Texas: $26.
- Eugene, Oregon: $26.
- Jacksonville, Florida: $27.
- Spokane, Washington: $27.
- Mobile, Alabama: $28.
Which Costs More: Virtual Home Gym or Gym Membership?
The monthly costs in these cities are still not lower than the price of a Peloton app membership, which is only $13 per month for new members after the first free month. Peloton, as many may know, is one of the most popular pieces of home gym equipment at this time. Other home gym set-ups that allow you to virtually connect with instructors (and other home users) include Mirror and Tonal.
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Gym costs in the least expensive cities above are lower than a subscription to the Mirror App, which runs $39/month for live and on-demand classes, or the Tonal app, which is $49/month. It’s important to note that these apps can be used …….