The Cost of Fitness: When to Splurge and Save on Your Fitness Routine
The Class Act
Meghan Springmeyer, 28
Advertising sales executive
New York City
Monthly Fitness Bill
CrossFit membership: $220
Race fees: $50–$100
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
Monthly Fitness Bill
Pilates classes: $40–$60
Personal trainer: $500–$600
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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