Crunch vs. 24 Hour?
Having recently moved to San Francisco, I’m still in settling in mode. I’m unpacked, but my walls are still barren and I’m still getting into my routine. Now that I’ve been exploring my neighborhood, I’m onto my next big life question: is it time to switch gyms?! Working out has always been a big part of my routine — when I was living in Sacramento, I knew which classes I wanted to attend and on any given week you could see me at 24 Hour Fitness five days out of seven. Now that I’ve moved though, things are a bit different. Instead of driving to the gym, I walk. And while I don’t mind the half-mile warm up and cool down that it provides, walking there through the Tenderloin in the blustery winter does not sound like my dream situation.
While exploring nearby Polk Street, I recently discovered Crunch Fitness, another gym about a half mile in the other direction, that piqued my interest. Their facility is set up like a theatre (in fact, I think it was a theatre before it was a gym) and they have an awesome class selection. To top it off, it’s a great location, I like their machines better and the staff was more than friendly when I went in today to get my trial membership. After testing it out, I immediately knew I wouldn’t mind converting.
The dilemma? Crunch is quite a bit more than 24. I pay $35 a month for my current membership and with that, I have access to all 24 Hour facilities (sans Super Sports). The Crunch membership is $65 a month for a one club pass… and that’s with it being on special. It’s normally upwards of $80. Now, granted, I do love my gym time but I think I’ve been a bit spoiled. I’ve paid $30 – $35 a month for as long as I can remember (even with my gym in London) and the thought of forking over nearly twice that seems ridiculous. I’m hoping there’s a secret squirrel way that I can nab a membership with a deeper discount, but I’m not holding my breath.
Utlimately, I guess I have to think about how much I’m going to use my 24 Hour membership vs. a potential Crunch membership… if I’m not using my current gym access then it’s kind of a waste of $35 a month. If getting a Crunch membership means I’ll hit the gym more frequently, it might be worth the extra cost.
Has anyone out there tried both 24 and Crunch? I’m hoping to get some thoughts to push me in the right direction!