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Welcome to Workout Wednesday: every hump-day, we'll be rounding up some of the city's hottest fitness trends and studios.
It's common knowledge that the cost of working out in New York City can get way up there, with the prices of boutique fitness classes creeping closer and closer to $40 a pop, and gym memberships at Crunch, Equinox, and New York Sports Club range anywhere from $100 to over $200 a month.
So let's do some math: If you have a monthly membership to, say, Brooklyn Bodyburn, which costs $330 a month, and you make $50,000 a year, then you'd be spending just under 8% of your income on fitness. Before fees, you'd be paying close to 5% of your income at Equinox.
Is that number batshit high? Or, if you compare it to what you spend on takeout, clothes, Whole Foods, happy hour, and beauty maintenance, is it a reasonable figure for something that's tied to your health and well-being?
Of course, there are cheaper alternatives: the most expensive monthly membership at Planet Fitness is $19, and Blink tops out at $25 a month. But if classes keep you more motivated more than a no-frills gym—is it worth it?
While most boutique fitness studios make it a point to list membership costs by month, rather than scaring you off with one huge annual sum, barre-based studio Physique 57 doesn't try to hide the fact that a year's membership will set you back $4,000.
Another astounding figure: a Super Soul membership at SoulCycle is $3,500 and expires in twelve months, but it's not an annual fee. That tier only gets you 50 classes, plus the option to reserve classes before the sign-up period. It also give you priority on the waitlist.
Similarly, the Superfly Membership at FlyWheel is $795 a month, and gets you unlimited indoor cycling and FlyBarre classes, early booking, three guest credits, and 15% off all purchases.
This is all peanuts though compared to the Tracy Anderson Method's $900 a month membership fee, which works out to be $10,800 a year. That would be 21.6% of your annual $50,000 salary, but if you're working out via Tracy Anderson, you're making more than 50k.
We're curious: how much would you pay a year to work out? How much would you pay per class? See the polls below and let us know what you think.
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