However they are getting to greedy. They now have Super Sports and Ultra Sports. Of course you can't go to them unless you have a membership to one of those type of clubs and they are not cheap. Of course some folks are being grandfathered in but if you are looking to join a gym I would look at one of the smaller ones. I feel they are way to expensive. If I wasn't on my same payment plan for the past 15 years (15 dollars a month) I wouldn't be going to any of the big chain gyms.
The university's gym. I pay 80 bucks for the whole year, dirt cheap if you ask me (One of my hometown's local gyms has a summer promotion for students at 90$ for 3 months...) Cool thing is, it's not restricted to students and while more expensive, it is still cheaper than other gyms.
Usually my University's gym, but when it was being remodeled over the summer, I signed up at Lifestyle Fitness. Great locker room, good selection of free weights and bars, but it lacked free floor space.
I tried the whole gym thing but hated it. The machines I wanted to use were always being used, interrupting my routine. At $60 a month for membership it just wasn't worth it.
Mainly I just did cardio and light weight training. I realized I could get the same results at home with yoga, proper diet and a treadmill for a lot less money and a great deal more convenience. Yoga also helps a great deal with flexibility and balance.
An extra bonus was not hearing the same songs all the time that they played at the gym. Now I can laugh at Mystery Science Theater 3000 while working out.
YMCA for me and the family. I guess in today's world the Y is probably considered the Luby's of gyms, but it's great for us. The kids have access to the pool and there are plenty of machines and options to go around.