Choosing a Membership Plan at a Health Club

Class Discussion

Who in the class belongs to a fitness club?

Why did your family choose that fitness club?

What do you like about it?

What fitness clubs have you heard of?

Situation

Imagine that you have decided to join a health club.  You visited the club and asked for information about membership plans.  When you review the information, you find there are several plans and want to choose the plan that best suits your needs, but at the most reasonable cost.  After making your selection (using Data Sheet 43.2), write an explanation offering your reasons for choosing the plan you did.  Additionally, answer the following questions:

  • 1. If you could create your own gym, how would you improve the membership that you selected (within reason)?
  • 2. How would you rate the membership options from the project?
  • 3. What plan would you recommend (and why) for someone who is in college and not working?
  • 4. How would you apply what you have learned for when you have to pick a college?
  • 5. What questions would you want to ask if you were looking at a gym membership?

Possible Strategies:

  1. Think about your needs.  What types of activities would you like to do at a health club: Weight training, exercising using different kinds of equipment, aerobics, basketball, tennis, or volleyball, for example?
  2. Examine the various plans to see which ones offer what you want most.
  3. Consider the times you could go work out.  Are all of the activities you want to participate in available when you can go?
  4. Compare the plans, and evaluate the costs of each.

Special Considerations

  • Review Data Sheet 43.2, which contains several membership plans from which you can choose.
  • Carefully consider whether you would be satisfied participating in only your favorite activities.  Do you want the privilege of taking part in everything the club offers?
  • Check the off-hour rates.  If the activities you are most interested in are offered then, you may be able to save on costs.
  • To compare the costs per visit of different yearly plans, estimate the number of times per month you expect to work out and multiply by 12.  This will give you the total number of visits for the year.  Now divide the cost of the plan by the number of visits.  Your answer will be the cost per visit (unit rate).  Compare that to the cost of "pay as you go."
  • Some activities require partners (i.e. Tennis), and others require teams (i.e. Volleyball and Basketball).  Does the club offer leagues, which will provide you with partners or teams?  Or will you have to join with friends?  If you were to join with friends, would they be able to work out when you could?
  • After selecting your membership plan, write an explanation detailing your reasons for choosing this plan over the others.  Be prepared to orally explain your reasons in class on Monday.
  • Write your explanation on a computer (if offered), which will make the task of revision easier.

YOU MAY WORK WITH ONE OTHER PERSON IN YOUR SEATING GROUPS IF YOU CHOOSE!

AGAIN, YOU WILL NEED TO ESTIMATE THE NUMBER OF TIMES YOU WILL GO TO THE GYM FOR THE PAY-AS-YOU-GO-MEMBERSHIP!!!

YOU WILL HAVE A 2-3 MINUTE PRESENTATION ON MONDAY SUMMARIZING THE GYM MEMBERSHIP YOU CHOSE AND WHY.

BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

  • 1. If you could create your own gym, how would you improve the membership that you selected (within reason)?
  • 2. How would you rate the membership options from the project?
  • 3. What plan would you recommend (and why) for someone who is in college and not working?
  • 4. How would you apply what you have learned for when you have to pick a college?
  • 5. What questions would you want to ask if you were looking at a gym membership?

Data Sheet 43.2:
Power Health Club Membership Plans

Gym membership hours:

Sunday: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

Monday - Saturday: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

Gold Membership:

One-year membership, $919.00.  Unlimited use of facilities during times the club is open.  Activities include weight training, use of exercise equipment, aerobics classes, tennis, basketball, and volleyball.

Two-for One Gold:

Join with a friend.  One year membership for two: $1,399.00.  Includes same privileges as the Gold Membership.

Pay-as-You-Go Membership:

$18.00 per visit for use of weights, exercise equipment, and participation in aerobics class during times the club is open.  $25.00 per visit for tennis, basketball, or volleyball during non-prime time and $30.00 during prime time.  (Prime time is between 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday.) Note: Leagues are available for tennis, basketball, and volleyball.  A one-time registration fee of $15.00 is required for joining each league.

Aerobics Membership:

One-year membership, $399.00. Includes unlimited participation in aerobics classes.

Off-Hours Membership Plan:

One-year membership, $359.00.  Unlimited use of facilities between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM every day.  (Activities are the same as the Gold Membership.)