Spend Less and Feel Your Best: Low Cost Gyms in Michigan

If you’re one of the many Michiganders focusing on improving your health this year, you might have considered getting a gym membership, then decided not to due to cost. While it’s true that some gyms can be costly, there are lower priced options all around the state. Choose wisely and you can take advantage of equipment like treadmills and weight machines as well as personal trainers and group fitness classes without hurting your wallet.

  • Fitness 19: With 12 locations throughout southeast and west Michigan, this gym gives you access to quality equipment for a low cost. Memberships start off at $19 per month depending on your location (with a $39 initiation fee). Only want to use it when it’s cold out? Go with their month-to-month option and stop going once the weather gets nicer. Each location has lockers and changing rooms, but only some have group classes (so check before signing up if that’s important to you).
  • Anytime Fitness: This gym’s locations, which can be found all over Michigan, are operated independently, so each one has a slightly different vibe and membership fee (it can cost around $40 a month or so, but ask at your closest location).
  • Planet Fitness: Planet Fitness is one of the more well-known low-cost gym chains in the country, and there are locations sprinkled around the Mitten. Membership fees start at just $10 per month, giving you unlimited use of equipment and machines.
  • Student recreation centers: If you’re a college student, a great low-cost option is your school’s on-campus gym. They tend to have everything the nicer chains have, like a full line of exercise equipment, swimming pools and workout classes while being inexpensive (or even free) for those with a student identification card. For example, the University of Michigan gym is free to students. If you aren’t enrolled, you can still get a membership if you are friends with a student or faculty member and it will cost you just $35/month.
  • YMCA: The YMCA offers several categories of membership at each of their locations (from kids to family packages). Depending on the location, your YMCA might have indoor cycling, wall climbing, racquetball, swimming and more. If the prices are too high at your nearest center, there are options such as scholarships and financial assistance available.
  • Community fitness centers: Many communities around Michigan have activity centers for residents. A few examples: Midland Community Center, Ford Community & Performing Arts Center and Northville Community Center. Memberships can start at just $5 and can include aerobics, personal training, fitness classes, basketball, bowling, personal development programs and even youth activities.

If you still aren’t sold on the idea of joining a gym, check out these blogs for ways to exercise without one:

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  1. I just learned that the YMCA offers pricing categories for spouses/couples that is lower than a family membership. If this is true, I will be very excited. We do not have kids, so I feel I am overpaying for a “family” membership. I am waiting for a response about membership categories and pricing as I post this comment.

  2. Right now Planet Fitness is running a $10 per month membership special. I am not sure when the special expires.

  3. Priority Health Insurance pays full membership for its members to Tamarac Fitness Center here in Fremont MI WHY dosnt BCBS do the same???? Its a lot cheaper to pay our membership at the gym for a year then ongoing pay for heart attack, stroke, diabetes…etc…. its called preventative medicine!!!!
    Ive changed my life with eating healthy and working out at the Tamarac Fitness Center sure wish my insurance BCBS would reward me with paid membership to my gym….Priority Health has the right idea!!!

    1. Hi Susan, We appreciate your diligence in being proactive about your health. For that reason, we offer a member discounts program known as Healthy Blue Xtras, which gives Blue Cross and Blue Care Network members access to exclusive discounts and deals on health related goods and services. Additionally, as a part of the program, we have a Healthways offer which partners with an Anytime Fitness location in Fremont, MI: http://ow.ly/VA1H9. With this offer, you have access to a network of 9,000+ gyms, both in Michigan and nationwide for a reduced monthly fee. Please visit http://www.bcbsm.com/xtras for more information. Thanks!

  4. As senior citizen, 69, I am looking to get in shape but virtually everything I see relates to those in their 650s or below. Any suggestions?

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