The Best Gym Memberships For Frequent Travelers
Many travelers are particular about their workouts and need to have access to a "real" gym while traveling.
When I travel, my fallback option for working out is always bodyweight training. It's great because I know it's effective and I can do it anywhere. But that doesn't mean I want to skip lifting heavy weights or flipping tires.
Finding a place to train the way you like can be tricky when you're away from home. For frequent travelers, having the right gym membership could make all the difference.
Think about it. If you have a membership with a popular gym that you love to use, you could potentially have access to a gym that you know you like, wherever you happen to be.
That's why we took a look at the largest gym chains in the United States and Europe and came up with a list of the best ones for frequent travelers.
LA Fitness has over 690 gyms in the U.S. and Canada. For $30 a month, members can get access to any LA Fitness in the United States. In some cases, you may have to pay an additional fee, especially if you are visiting an LA Fitness in a different state than your own.
The great thing about LA Fitness is that they are essentially everywhere. When you land in a new city, you can be reasonably confident that there's an LA fitness nearby. We should note that three major cities in the U.S. that do not have an LA Fitness are San Francisco, Denver, and Las Vegas.
CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more.
CrossFit has been one of the fastest growing fitness trends of the past decade and gyms, aka boxes, can be found worldwide. There are around 15,000 CrossFit-affiliated gyms around the world, making it incredibly travel-friendly.
Most CrossFit boxes allow visitors to "drop-in" - you'll pay a fee to workout (usually between $10 and $20) and maybe walk away with a free t-shirt from that gym. Many boxes will waive the drop in fee if you buy a t-shirt.
Locating the nearest CrossFit gym to where you are is made even easier with this CrossFit Affiliate Map.
24 Hour Fitness
First of all, what's not to like about a gym that's open 24 hours day? Busy travelers tend to need access to gyms at odd times and 24 Hour Fitness might be the perfect gym membership for someone in finds themselves looking for an open gym after landing in Miami at two in the morning.
24 Hour Fitness has over 400 clubs in 18 states in the U.S. - making it one of the largest gym chains in the United States. Membership dues are reasonably priced at around $30 a month and the equipment selection in most of their gyms is superb.
Additionally, 24 Hour Fitness has teamed up with GoodLife Fitness and Energie Cardio to give their members access to over 300 gyms while traveling in Canada.
Get a free three day pass to 24 Hour Fitness here.
Equinox Fitness is a luxury fitness chain and calls itself a "temple of well-being.' There are Equinox clubs in many major U.S. cities, as well as Toronto and Vancouver. Membership prices vary from location to location, but here's a look at what it might cost you (it's expensive).
For $240 a month, you can have access to all Equinox clubs in the United States, including all classes and amenities. For $295, you'll get access to all Equinox Fitness and Sports Club locations worldwide.
Anytime Fitness gyms are open 24 hours a day and there are more than 3,000 franchise locations in 20 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Countries with Anytime Fitness gyms include Canada, Mexico, Australia, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
Anytime Fitness has been called the "most convenient gym on the planet" and this makes it a logical choice for anyone who travels a lot. With a membership, you will have access to the thousands of Anytime Fitness gyms worldwide (only after 30 days of membership).
Finding a Gym
You can't go wrong with Google Maps but also consider ClassPass, which has a monthly membership that allows users to access more than 8,000 fitness studios across the country. You can take as many classes per month as you like and visit the same studio up to three times each month. ClassPass is available in 50 cities across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia, with plans to expand to nine other countries by 2019.
Finding a place to get a good workout doesn't have to be a chore when you're traveling. If you don't like hotel gyms or you're picky about where you workout, having the right gym membership can go a long way in helping you always have a reliable place to keep up your fitness routine while on the road. We think these five gym memberships are the best ones for frequent travelers. Do you agree?
Note: You might be wondering why Planet Fitness is not included on this list. Here's why. Planet Fitness is not a gym chain that cares if reach your fitness goals. They discourage actual effort, supply members with things like pizza and candy, and severely limit weigh training. It's not a gym and therefore has no place on this list. Learn more here about everything wrong with Planet Fitness.
The gym is just one part of keeping fit and healthy while you're traveling, though. If you want to make sure you're always on top of your game, make sure you're taking the right supplements for you. BodyNutrition.org has some great info about this.
Cover photo by CrossFit.