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Place Name: Anytime Fitness

Place Description: Anytime Fitness is a 24-hour health and fitness club headquartered in Woodbury, Minnesota. The company operates over 4,000 franchised locations in 50 countries. The gym facilities are open 24 hours a day, 365 days out of the year. They recently were ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine #1 on its global franchise list.

Summary

If you’re looking for a gym that has personal trainers (at a cost) and high-quality equipment, this is the place to go. If you’re looking for a gym that caters to your needs when it comes to working out whenever you please, then this is definitely the place to go. While there are other fitness centers that offer long hours and even 24-hour days, Anytime Fitness provides its members with a special key to enter the gym after normal hours at all times of the night. You’re probably wondering about safety issues considering those factors, however, this facility is highly monitored with security cameras everywhere to ensure your safety. With a secure and reliable gym, you would assume that their pricing is extremely high, but luckily, it’s not too bad for what you get. Each facility’s membership pricing can differ, though, so there is no way to be entirely sure of what your fee will be without a visit to an Anytime Fitness location.

  • Amenities
  • Cleanliness
  • Cutting Edge Equipment
  • Hidden Fees
Overall
3.9

Pros

  • As the name suggests, you can workout anytime, 24/7 with their exclusive FOB key
  • You get a free personalized “Get Started” plan with your membership
  • More than just equipment, they have exercise and yoga classes as well
  • Enjoy a free 7-day trial membership to test it out

Cons

  • Hidden fees that include your FOB key for after regular hours (also charged a small fee for the key while you are on your “free trial” period)
  • There aren’t many upscale amenities that other gyms offer
  • Personal training services are available, but at an extra cost


Overview

Working out and staying in shape is a lifestyle choice that more individuals are taking advantages of every single day. With the hundreds of fitness memberships to different gyms, it’s not always an easy choice when it comes time to decide on which one offers the best membership. While you have a lot to choose from, there is one facility that you may want to consider trying, especially since they offer a short free trial. Anytime Fitness is a facility with over 3,000 locations spread throughout the world, and with great reason. They offer a decent deal for a 24/7 membership. While this gym may not be a great fit for everyone, there are certainly some incredible amenities that just about everyone can take advantage of with their membership. This facility offers great plans for just about every fitness level and price, but what do they have to offer that other memberships don’t? Let’s take a look at this facility and their membership amenities so you can decide for yourself.

What you should know about Anytime Fitness

With over 3,000 facilities and growing (even internationally), this fitness center has sure expanded a lot since their opening back in 2002. It seems that Anytime Fitness has a motto that many people would love to live by, as they focus more on the quality of life rather than how many inches and pounds can be lost. Of course, for many workout buffs, that’s the main goal. However, for people that want to just get healthy and live a healthier lifestyle, this motto really works well. Beginning in 2011, Anytime Fitness created an app for their members that could be used to track meals, workouts, and communicate with fellow workout buddies. These small types of benefits are really what sets this facility apart from the rest. That and the fact that they have their gym open to all members 24/7. Because let’s face it, everyone works on different schedules so having a fitness center open all the time makes total sense!

Membership Pricing

Depending on the exact type of membership you choose will determine the monthly fee that you are responsible for paying as an Anytime Fitness member. While the monthly fee can vary depending on which club you are a part of, the average price is normally between $30 and $40/month. There is also an upfront cost for opening your membership, which is $50. Anytime Fitness does also offer yearly memberships, which could save you a lot of money depending on how often you will use it, and it averages out to be anywhere between $450 and $500.

They even have some great discounts when you sign up as a couple with your partner. Nothing is better than staying in shape with your significant other, and Anytime Fitness offers exclusive deals just for that. Perhaps one of the best perks of this membership is that you can use any facility in the Country while you are out traveling. There are many other gym memberships that either make you pay more for this benefit or won’t offer it at all. Each facility has different promotions and fees, so you will have to personally contact your local Anytime Fitness to find out what they offer in your area.

If you’re interested in a more structured pricing model with not a lot of hidden fees, check out our review on Planet Fitness.



Here is what you get

A small-town gym is just what most people search for when finding a decent membership. It’s popular enough for them to sell you an affordable membership, but not too much in high-demand that the gym will be too packed. That’s exactly what you get with Anytime Fitness. There is enough fitness equipment to go around, especially since they are open for you whenever you plan to workout. You are provided with a unique key to open the gym even after the doors are closed, which helps keep everything secure. Trainers and staff are available to help you during regular hours if you need assistance with any equipment. And there are even special classes that you can sign up to take for an additional small fee. It seems that you have everything you need here at Anytime Fitness, but if you are looking for more upscale amenities, such as a spa or massage chairs, you are better off going somewhere else.

Is Anytime Fitness the right gym for you?

While each facility may offer different amenities and benefits with their membership, they basically all offer the same great equipment. However, does it offer what you are exactly searching for in a fitness center? If you are looking for a place that gives you a choice for when you want to workout and how you want to workout, then yes, this may be the right center for you. The pricing isn’t entirely high, and actually, it’s quite low when comparing other memberships. However, there is no guarantee that you won’t be charged any hidden fees for different amenities. They do not offer specific classes included with their memberships, so that will be one extra payment if you were interested in a class that they provide. But that’s not too big of a deal if you were just looking to use their cardio machines and weights. There are some people that have had a poor experience with their Anytime Fitness membership, but then again, there are people that have bad experiences everywhere. It’s a good idea to test it out for yourself if you show any interest in purchasing a membership with this (or any) facility. Plus it’s a great perk that they give you a decent free trial period to test out the membership benefits for yourself.

Some key points to remember

No matter which gym you choose, the salesperson at the facility is going to give you a lot of great reasons as to why they are the best and why you should give them your money. However, the truth is, the only person’s opinion that matters is your own. You should always feel comfortable with the gym that you choose since you are the one that will be spending your hard earned money on a membership and working out at the facility a few days a week, if not more. When you are faced with questions that the salesperson doesn’t seem to have the answer to or you just feel uncomfortable with the situation and what they are trying to sell you, then take a break and test out a few other options. After all, this is your decision and your alone.

Bottom Line

If you are going to open a gym membership with any facility, you should always stick with it, because let’s face it, memberships can get pricey no matter how low the fees are. Plus, you owe it to yourself to stay motivated and live out your workout goals. With Anytime Fitness, they offer a great gym membership that you can relate to no matter how experienced you are, even if you are at the beginning of your fitness journey. Which is a great thing to consider when you are choosing a gym to devote hours of your life to, right? Remember to always go over your contracts regardless of how great the deal may sound, so you do not get caught up in something that you regret later down the line. This facility may not be the best choice for everyone, and you should always check the reviews for the specific gym in your area. Because many people have different standards and values, one gym in a specific area may not be as great as the next. Overall, though, Anytime Fitness seems to have what many people are looking for in a fitness center and would be a great choice for the money.

If you’re looking for another facility that offers similar amenities and 24 hours of availability, check out our review on 24 Hour Fitness

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