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Struggling with that New Year's resolution to get in shape? Joining a gym may just be the answer -- but membership costs and hidden fees can curb your enthusiasm fast. We're taking a closer look at LA Fitness promotions to help you "work out" the best possible deal for you.
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How Much Does an LA Fitness Membership Cost?
LA Fitness has a pretty straightforward pricing system for all locations. You can choose between a "Multi-Club" membership with multi-state access for $29.99 per month or a "Single-Club" membership with access to your local LA Fitness location for $24.99 per month. Both memberships require a $99 initiation fee, as well as first and last month's dues upfront.
Slick Tip: Some Slickdealers have saved money by going for a Multi-Club membership that's limited to a single state, so check to see if this option is available at your local club.
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Consider the LA Fitness AAA Discount
The LA Fitness AAA discount posted on our forums lets members of the auto club eliminate that hefty initiation fee, so we took a look at how it works.
Of course, you'll need to be an AAA member to take advantage of the savings (you're required to sign in before you can access the deal). Here's how to find it:
- Login to your AAA account.
- Click on "Discounts & Rewards" near the top menu section.
- Select "Browse All Categories."
- Do a search for "LA Fitness," and then select the link for "Stores: LA Fitness." From there, you should be able to see the deal for LA Fitness and utilize it accordingly.
AAA members pay $0 initiation fees ($99 off retail) and $29.99 per month. This LA Fitness no-initiation membership deal includes the following:
- Club access
- Multi-state membership
- Group fitness classes throughout the day, many at no additional charge
- Other membership options may be available by visiting your local club.
- Monthly dues membership is a minimum of two months.
- Total monthly dues = monthly dues + amenities.
- Total initial payment = initiation fee + first/last dues + applicable taxes (if any).
- There is an additional charge for certain amenities (such as racquetball, Kids Klub, personal training, and the juice bar).
- Amenities may not be available at all locations.
Costs to Add Amenities:
- Towels: $10 per month
- Courts: $7 per month
- Guest Privileges: $20 per month
So, is it a good deal? Well, while avoiding that $99 fee seems like a decent offer, according to Slickdealer ManUpOrShutUp, the LA Fitness AAA discount listed above "is the standard, everyday 'deal' at LAF." He goes on to say, "I get emails at least once a week with the same offer. The real deal is when they offer $0 initiation w/ $19.99/month for single-club or $24.99/month for multi-club. That only comes around 1-2x per year."
Bottom line, if you're already a AAA member and you really want to join LA Fitness right now, this is an OK discount. However, if you're not a AAA member, you can probably find the same -- or an even better -- deal if you're just willing to wait for it.
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Get an LA Fitness Discount by Paying More Upfront
If you know for a fact that you'll utilize your LA Fitness membership for the long haul, consider paying for several years upfront. Slickdealer chaoss says, "I heard from an ex-employee saying it's a bit cheaper if you pay for 3 or more years upfront. I think it was $600 for 3 years."
Slickdealer honda2007 offered his own firsthand experience: "When I signed up around 2010, I jumped on a 3 year deal for $720 which equates to $20/month. Afterwards, I now pay $180/year which equates to $15/month... I would call around to different clubs and ask for their deals. Only go in once they offer the deal you want."
Drop Unwanted Amenities
Certain amenities at LA Fitness are typically included in your membership rate. However, depending on the club, you may be able to leave off some of those amenities in order to bring down your final cost to around $19.99 per month, according to our forum users. This is especially worth considering if they won't drop that initiation fee.
Ask About an LA Fitness Student or Employer Discounts
Many LA Fitness locations offer student discounts, or discounts for employees of certain businesses, so always ask before you sign up. Additionally, you may be able to use another gym's advertised student discount to help out with price negotiations. Just be sure that whatever discount you're offered is as good as the deals they run regularly.
Add Family Members to Save on Initiation Fees
If your local LA Fitness won't waive the $99 initiation fee, you can still get a price break for your family members. Just add them to your account for a $25 initiation fee plus monthly dues. You could also ask if the club can eliminate or further reduce these fees if you add more members to your account.
Haggle with a Manager
If you don't mind haggling, Slickdealer MBP1 recommends going straight to the top. "You could walk into a location and get a better deal by just talking to a manager. Recently, LA Fitness quoted me $20 for 1 club, $25 multi-club (same state) and $35 multi-state with $0 initiation just by sitting down and talking to someone at the gym."
It seems, though, that your odds of success vary from place to place. Slickdealer hotshelby89 says, "My local LA fitness wouldn't budge on the $99 initiation, even e-mail specials months later after I didn't join."
Try Before You Buy with an LA Fitness Guest Pass
If you're on the fence about committing to a gym before you've even had a chance to try it out, take advantage of the LA Fitness free pass, which will earn you free access for five days. Better yet, if you know a current club member, have them send you a free 14-day VIP guest pass. That's half a month free -- not too shabby!
How to Cancel Your LA Fitness Membership
If you join LA Fitness only to find that it's not right for you, no worries. According to its website, memberships with recurring dues can be cancelled any time. It is a bit of a hassle though. You must first fill out their cancellation form, and then either send it by certified mail it to their corporate headquarters or deliver it by hand to the operations manager of the nearest club at least five business days before your next bill is due.
You can access the official LA Fitness cancellation form online by logging in at "My LA Fitness" and then clicking on the "Account Information" tab. From there, you can click the “Cancellation Form” option on the right side of the screen.
Slickdealer Newpurchaser advises, "When canceling, don't take their word at the club. If it says (to send a) certified letter to headquarters, then do a certified letter."
Are you an LA Fitness member, or are you considering joining? Keep the conversation going in the comments section below!
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