Everyone knows that physical activity is an important part of being healthy. But for many of us, the cost of gym memberships can be prohibitive.
Here’s what you may not know: if you have health insurance, work for a company that employs more than fifty people, or are a college student, chances are that you’re eligible to receive a discount. Read below to find out if you qualify.
Insurance DiscountsBlue Cross Blue Shield of WNY
Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY offers its members discounted rates for health-related services. Its website states that all members are eligible, although some restrictions may apply.
- 50% off the enrollment fee on the Buffalo Athletic Club’s Preferred Program
- 10% off a new annual membership at the Jewish Community Center
Some plans also cover fitness classes. Body Shaping by Sandy is a popular choice for those interested in Zumba, Yoga or Tai Chi. Classes are held at different times, days and locations to fit your schedule.
Univera members can show their member IDs at participating gyms to receive a discount. Benefits include:
- 60% off the initial sign up fee at Curves for Women in Fredonia
- 50% off the enrollment fee for any Gold’s Gym Signature membership
If you’re a Univera Solutions Healthy Choices member, you’re covered for up to $300 per calendar year for “lifestyle benefits” that can be applied to health club memberships. Click here for more information about these benefits.
Independent Health members are eligible to receive:
- 15% off the price of a three month program and two classes per week at Fit Physique in Kenmore
- $50 discount with the purchase of an annual membership to Omega Health and Wellness in Hamburg
Click here for a complete list of member discounts (PDF).
Other Insurance Companies
Other insurance companies may offer discounts as well, since they have a vested interest in keeping you healthy. Check with your insurance provider to learn more.
Employer DiscountsEven if your health insurance plan doesn’t offer a gym discount, your employer might.
Discounts for Gold’s Gym are offered in 86% of companies that employ over 50 people. Participating companies include Time Warner Cable, Exxon Mobile and Barnes and Noble.
Click here to see if your company participates in the discount program.
If your company isn’t listed, ask the gym about a corporate discount. For example, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo (JCC) offers discounts to companies with five or more people who are interested in joining.
Student DiscountsMany gyms offer memberships to college students at a discounted rate. The JCC offers a discount with proof of attendance. To be eligible, you must be enrolled for a certain number of credit hours.
Contact the gym that’s of interest to you and inquire if a student discount is available and what the eligibility requirements are.
Income-sensitive DiscountsIf the cost of a gym membership would break your budget, apply for financial assistance.
The JCC offers fee assistance for those who are unable to manage the cost of a membership. Click here for more information (PDF).
The YMCA Buffalo Niagara also assists those who are unable to pay the full price of membership. Visit their website to download a financial assistance application.
Now that winter weather is approaching, gyms are offering even more incentives for us to join. Some of the best deals are going on right now. Research your health insurance, start a company wellness program or take advantage of your college student status.
Because discounts may change or restrictions may apply, it’s a good idea to contact your insurance carrier or gym of interest before committing to a membership.
Good luck at finding the best possible deal you can get on your next gym membership!