Ask about discounts and incentives. It's fairly common for studios to offer corporate, student and military discounts. At 24 Hour Fitness, for example, military personnel pay $29 a month; standard membership rates begin around $65 a month. And some studios offer "influencer incentives" – bring in new clients, and they'll give you free classes. "Studios want to get more people in the door, so if you can drag along a friend or family member, you'll reap some of the benefits," says Brittany Bendall, who lives in New York and blogs at myownbalance.com. One caveat: Always read the fine print of your membership contract, because you may be agreeing to stick to one location of a chain or there could be severe cancellation fees.
Buy packages of classes. It's true at the grocery store, and same goes at the gym: Buying in bulk is cheaper. If you decide you really love a studio, investing in a package of classes can help you save a bundle of money. Many cut per-class price by $5 if you buy a 20-pack, which amounts to a savings of $100. "It's certainly an investment, but if there's a studio you truly love, it's a major saving device," Gaudette says.
Keep an eye open for free "community" classes. In New York City, studios such as Flywheel, Pure Yoga and Soul Cycle offer free community sessions. And in Louisville, Ky., stop by local parks for yoga and boot camp classes – totally free. In some cities, securing a spot can be tough, since everyone wants to get in, so show up early or make signing up a priority if you can do so ahead of time. Reach out to your favorite studios to see if they offer similar programs.