I once paid £18 (just over $30) for a single fitness class and the only thing that slimmed down was my bank account.
It sounded fun and I thought the splurge would suddenly inspire me to care about fitness.
Well, it didn’t. It was loud, dark and sweaty and I couldn’t figure out how to lock my shoes in to the bike properly. (The hand-cream in the change rooms did smell amazing, though).
The fitness industry is ever-growing here in Australia. In fact, according to a report released earlier this year by international research company IBISWorld, Australian fitness industry revenues are expected to grow to $2.4 billion by 2022/23.
That’s a lot of sweaty gym towels.
So, how much do people actually spend on their gym memberships and fitness classes, and why?
We asked around:
*Laura spends $168 on eight sessions of KX Pilates, the high-intensity 50 minute pilates workout. “I think it’s worth it,” she said of the cost.
*Hannah spends $70 a fortnight for unlimited classes at Virgin Active, and an additional $30 a month for a sporting team membership. That’s not including the annual $300 team membership fee. She said that the change rooms, which include GHD hair straighteners, are ‘pretty fab’ at Virgin.
*Kate previously paid $100 per month to Class Pass, which got her 10 different fitness classes. She said it worked out cheaper and she liked that she got to try out premium studios. One yoga studio offered free coconut water, and another served herbal teas before and after class.