The Cheapest Gyms In Boston
The price tag may be small, but the health benefits are not.
Boston is not known for having small price tags…on anything. Yesterday, we read that an apartment in Chinatown¬†averages $3,491 (Chinatown!). The¬†cheapest¬†rent? Chelsea, for the not-even-close-to-being-a-low-price of¬†$1,779. You can get a two-bed on the water in Florida for the price of a basement studio in the Back Bay. So it’s not¬†surprising¬†that many gym memberships in town can cost more than $100 a month.
Now, if you are looking for salt-infused steam rooms,¬†eucalyptus-scented¬†locker¬†rooms, or spa-like¬†amenities, then the below gyms may not be for you. But if you are¬†looking¬†for a great workout with updated equipment and a low price tag, then read on.
South End Fitness Center
The South End Fitness Center (SEFC) offers preventative health services in¬†addition¬†to regular gym¬†amenities. They have special partnerships with the¬†Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Medical Center, and local non-profit organizations. The gym has the usual¬†weight training, cardio equipment, and group fitness classes, but¬†surprisingly¬†also has a full size, indoor basketball court and a swimming pool.¬†Memberships¬†are $360 for the year, which comes out to only $30 a month if you do the math. Discounted rates are available.
35 Northampton Street; 617-534-5822; southendfitness.org
YMCA Oak Square
The Oak Square YMCA is $50 a month¬†with¬†no contract and only a $25 sign-up fee. They have brand new locker rooms, a brand new spin room with all new bikes, and new free weights. The gym also has a pool (typical for YMCAs, who doesn’t remember the¬†chlorine¬†smell from your childhood?), and a full¬†size¬†basketball court. The membership fee includes all of their group fitness classes (the offer close to 75 a week). The best part is that if you can’t afford the monthly fee, you will not be turned away. Joe McLean, director of membership and sales, says that they offer¬†financial¬†assistance if needed.
615 Washington Street, Brighton; 617-782-3535; ymcaboston.org/oaksquare
This family-owned gym is located in a storefront in the heart of Southie on¬†Broadway. It offers all of the basic¬†equipment¬†you need, and has a full array of group fitness classes. Prices are $40 a month for a regular¬†membership and $60 if you want to take the classes. There is a $99 sign-up fee, but that is waved if you pay for the full year upfront for $480. While this isn’t the cheapest gym on the list, the facility is always kept spotless, and it is the perfect not-too-crowded¬†neighborhood gym.
315 W. Broadway, South Boston; 617-269-5555; regansmotivatedfitness.com
Boston Union Gym
Founded in 1851, Union is the¬†oldest¬†gym in the country and a¬†commissioned¬†historical landmark by the City of Boston. The non-profit facility prides itself on being a gym, not a health club, although with¬†amenities¬†like a full size, indoor basketball¬†court (which you’d never expect in the middle of a narrow, downtown street), a¬†racquetball¬†court, and saunas, this gym is anything but basic. Membership is $39 a month with a one-year contract, or $65 a month with no contract. There is a $25 enrollment fee.
48 Boylston Street; 617-482-1122; bymcu.org
The¬†concept¬†is simple: $20 a month, no contract. They offer more than 100 pieces of¬†equipment in 18,000 square feet¬†in a super clean¬†facility. But, there are no group fitness classes, which is how they keep the price so low. If you are a hop on the¬†elliptical¬†and then hop out of the gym kind of person, this is the perfect place for you.
920 Commonwealth Ave., Brookline; 617-208-4555; 36 Arlington Street,¬†Watertown; 617-923-4441; gymit.com
Known for their¬†bright¬†purple colors and “no judgement zone”¬†philosophy, not-to-mention those awkward “I lift things up and¬†put¬†them down”¬†commercials, Planet Fitness is similar to Gym It in that there are no group fitness classes. For $10 a month, you have access to all of the cardio and weight equipment that you need. There is a $29 sign-up fee (but sometimes there are specials¬†where¬†that is waved) and a yearly $39 (charged one time to your account) maintenance¬†fee.
City Hall Plaza, next to 28 State Street; 617-248-3877; planetfitness.com
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