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The Cost of Fitness: When to Splurge and Save on Your Fitness Routine

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Some women spend big bucks for a hot bod or a cool workout. Others swing it on the cheap. FITNESS investigates who's splurging, who's scrimping, and how you can trim the price of keeping trim.

The Class Act

Meghan Springmeyer, 28
Advertising sales executive
New York City

Monthly Fitness Bill
CrossFit membership: $220
Classes: $500–$600
Race fees: $50–$100
Apparel/gear: $200
TOTAL: $970–$1,120

Go-to routine: Group classes Springmeyer pays up to $40 a pop at fitness boutiques such as SoulCycle (indoor cycling), SLT (a Pilates-and-cardio hybrid), Physique 57 (barre), and Exhale Mind Body Spa (Core Fusion sculpting). "It's expensive, but because the studios are intimate, it's almost as if you're getting a personal-training session," she says.

Money-saving move: Sweat working Instead of taking clients out to eat, Springmeyer often brings them to her favorite exercise classes. "It has helped me create some great professional relationships," she says, "without the guilt of big dinners and drinking."

The real payoff: Stress relief Springmeyer says treating herself to new workout clothes and shelling out another $200 or so a month on juice cleanses, energy bars, and the like is money well spent. "When you work in a fast-paced city like New York, having that healthy outlet is priceless."

The Trainee

Melissa Rabinowitz, 37
Television coexecutive producer
Los Angeles

Monthly Fitness Bill
Pilates classes: $40–$60
Personal trainer: $500–$600
Apparel/gear: $60
TOTAL: $600–$720

Go-to routine: Pilates "I take a class called SPX, which is like Pilates on steroids," Rabinowitz says. "It mixes traditional Pilates exercises with calisthenics on tricked-out reformers, made with extra springs, handles, and straps. The pace is quick, so you get some cardio in at the same time."

Money-saving move: Selective splurging "I will work two jobs so I can still exercise with the top people and at places that have fun, challenging classes," says Rabinowitz, who hits gyms all over town and works out with different trainers.

The real payoff: Major shape-up motivation "I'm fortunate enough to live in a city where there are so many amazing places to work out," Rabinowitz says. "It can get a little expensive, but at the end of the day, it's well worth it."

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missa1408 wrote:

The DVD workout woman has it right. I can't imagine shelling out over $200 to get fit. I would love to have a personal trainer but I would also like to be able to eat and pay rent. This article was rather ridiculous because even the DVD workout person went to a free gym at work. Way too much money being spent here!

9/20/2013 08:06:37 AM Report Abuse
ccornnell wrote:

Way too much money being can do a lot with a little

9/19/2013 11:36:59 AM Report Abuse
ktuck624 wrote:

I think these people have alot of money. WOW!

9/19/2013 09:57:23 AM Report Abuse
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8/24/2013 07:42:48 AM Report Abuse
marya2010 wrote:

That is crazy, and very self involved! I walk 2 miles a day, do burpees, planks, pushups, tricep dips on block walls, squats and lunges all on different days. Zero dollars for that gym or workout. I pay $45 a month for a pool membership where I can kickbox or do Zumba in the pool, which are really tough workouts. I'm in great shape and I spend very little money. As far as workout clothes go, shorts and tees work just fine on my walks, and about 4 or 5 swimsuits a year.

8/19/2013 12:30:15 PM Report Abuse

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