I always get a flyer for this place in the mail. Same old deal every time. 7 DAY PASS! This particular flyer has advertised $20.12 processing fee. (Notice the play on the year 2012?) Make sure and read the fine print too; something about Last Month's dues paid in advance. To my knowledge this Urban Active lets you pay month to month but this flyer reads like it may be a year commitment. Honestly I have never set foot in this place, but I have friends that use this establishment. According to the flyer there are MANY AMENITIES. I will only point out the Amenities that are important to me: Kids Playroom, Sauna, Indoor Track. I checked out their website to see if I could get more info on membership and cost and found out that no pricing was available and that is how they get you to come in and listen to their sales pitch! There was a whole list of group classes listed on their site. One complaint that I have heard is that getting a spot in a Group Fitness Class is first come first serve and that sometimes the equipment is need of repair. Maybe Urban Active is right for you; who knows how much it really costs. http://www.urbanactive.com/locations/polaris-ohio/
The Community Center always has a nice brochure that describes all the pricing, classes and events in Westerville. There is absolutely no wondering what is available to you for the price you pay. Memberships ($345-180) for the fitness equipment, pool and track are annual or a 3 month trial. Classes are listed separate and are an additional cost to your membership, BUT you do not need to be a member to sign up for classes. There is even online registration offered for classes, no waiting in line! There is however the distinction made between RESIDENTS and NON-RESIDENTS of Westerville. Non-Residents will pay slightly higher costs. At the Community Center, when you sign up for a class you are officially in the class. Amenities that I like here are: Indoor Track, Indoor Playground(free), Swim Lessons for the kids and the large selection of classes. Classes vary in costs, but are usually in the $25 -$35 range for a 10 week session. This is definitely my price range with no strings attached. http://www.westerville.org/
Another popular place to workout is Lifetime Fitness. I have friends that love Lifetime. I just got a brochure in the mail, with the NEW YEAR special. Join for $0 plus receive $400 weight loss package. Sounds great until you read ALL the fine print. There is a little asterisk by the $0. It says Enrollment fee and one time Admin fee. Admin fee? Really? The Admin fee is $129. I could not tell if this was waived or you had to pay and another fee was $0. The $400 Weight Loss had an asterisk too. The Weight Loss $400 would be given in myLT bucks (fake lifetime money) and in 3 installments. The installments are spaced out in month increments and are dependent on your commitment to a membership. I could not figure out how much money the membership was. Lifetime does offer, nutrition coaching, weight loss specialists, spa services (massage), group fitness, tennis, and family activities like camps, swimming and child care center.
What's the right place for you? Do you spend money on fitness? Memberships, classes, nutrition, camps and and swim lessons? If you have memberships do you use them to your full advantage to get your money's worth? The cost of fitness is often dependent on cash flow and getting your butt out of bed. I like to balance the cost by taking advantage of nice weather and walking outside or riding my bike. But as we know Ohio has those darn winters and for me classes at the Westerville Community Center are just right for me. If you have any input on the 3 places that I wrote about leave a comment!