Sure, juice bars and towel service are nice. But when it comes right down to it, you're at the gym to sweat so the bells and whistles don't always matter. We found eight no-frills gyms across the country that make it easy to do just that—and none cost more than $40 per month. Get stronger and save money with these great deals.
Cost: In New York City, a one-location-only pass costs $10 per month.
What you get: With prices this cheap, you could join just for the free food and get your money's worth—once a month, the gym gives away slices of pizza (to the tune of 1.4 million slices a year at last count), and handfuls of Tootsie Rolls are yours for the taking at the front desk. Probably better to use the cardio machines, weight machines, free weight stations, stretching areas, and circuit training stations inside though than to pack in calories you want to burn off.
Extras: Upgrade to the $19.99 per month Black Card for access to any Planet Fitness, as well as use of the tanning machines and massage chairs. Black Card members may also bring a friend for free every visit.
Find them: In every state except Wyoming, Montana, and Hawaii
(Prices quoted for 208 W. 125th St. New York, NY 10027; 212-497-2644)
Cost: $32.99 per month at Houston's Galleria location
What you get: Even the entry-level membership includes access to some 300 gyms across the country. Class junkies are in luck, too: yoga, cycling, and aerobics sessions come with your membership.
Extras: If the location has a sauna, steam room, whirlpool, or swimming pool, you can use that, too.
Find them: More than 400 locations across the country: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, , Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Hawaii
(Prices quoted for: Galleria; Club Type: Sport; 5070 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77056)
Cost: $19.99 biweekly
What you get: The usual: cardio, free weights, and resistance machines. Plus, group exercise classes are included in your membership. Gyms vary a bit—some have pools and
Extras: Personal training sessions are available for a little more. Some locations have steam rooms, saunas, and pools.
Find them: In 30 countries and 36 states.
(Price quoted for: 409 3rd Street SW, Suite 120, Washington DC , DC 20024)
Cost: $10 per month for a one-location membership pass.
What you get: Free weights, stretching stations, cardio machines, and separate personal training studios.
Extras: Splurge on the $19.95 premium membership, and you can visit any of the chain's 40-plus locations in the Midwest, plus bring a friend along whenever you work out. A free personal training session, customized cardio program, and a 20 percent discount on personal training packages are also yours with the upgrade.
Find them: In the Midwest. There are more than 40 locations across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania
(Price quoted for: 3927 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, Illinois)