Buying a membership to a gym can be a stressful experience. For new participants, finding the right gym can be difficult and the costs prohibitive. Many people that sign up for memberships are unsure what classes or benefits they will truly use during the coming year. Others find that they do not approach fitness with the same enthusiasm week after week and wonder if the cost is worthwhile.
A possible solution to these problems is the Fitness Access Passbook. Created by the American Health and Fitness Alliance, a passbook provides the opportunity for residents of three cities to try out different fitness classes and clubs. Fitness Access Passbooks are a collection of passes to visit health clubs that offer services ranging from rock climbing to yoga. The cost for the 2007 passes are $75, but this pass allows the owner entrance to hundreds of classes over the year.
In Chicago, the Fitness Access Passbook enables you to partake in over 275 visits over the course of a year. The average offer for on of the 75 specific health clubs taking part is two visits to one week, although some offer two weeks for free in order to assess their club. Offerings in Chicago include a free one on one session with a personal trainer at Fit or diving lessons at the Scuba Emporium.
Los Angeles offers passes into health clubs in exclusive locals, such as Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Malibu. They have over 300 passes this year. If you’re looking for a new place to work out in the area, with over 75 participating health studios, spas, and clubs, you are sure to find something you will like.
New York City has the most passes offered for the $75 fee. With the Fitness Passbook you are allowed 700 visits in a single year to gyms and health spas throughout the city. The American Health and Fitness Alliance also offers the Yoga Passbook, which offers 325 passes to dance, yoga, and pilates studios. The passes offer a variety of services. Some passes allow participation in a class with others, while other passes ensure a free session with an instructor.
Whatever passbook you are able to take advantage of, keep in mind that the $75 fee is only a steal if you regularly use it. Call ahead to ask about class times and if you need to bring any special equipment (yoga mat, racket, etc.). Schedule the class like you would any other appointment in your life for the best chance of taking advantage of the many offerings in your passbook. When you arrive, show your pass and sign directly into the guestbook before participating.
If you find a class that you really enjoy, try taking a comparable class at another location. Based on the comparison, you should be able to determine what class you will feel most comfortable attending. If you do decide to pay the membership fee to regularly take the class, the cost of your passbook will be deducted off the cost of your membership.
Fitness Access Passbooks are available through the American Health and Fitness Alliance on their website for Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago but are in limited quantities. With as many health and cost saving benefits offered by this program, the only risk is if you wait too long to get one.