Fitness is a very important aspect of our lives to maintain, but it is difficult to pay for!
Head to these five places for affordable ways to stay in shape.
Some are so great, you might even enjoy working out.
Laughing Buddha Yoga
720 Governor Morrison St.
Charlotte, NC 28211
http://laughingbuddhanc.com/home/Laughing Buddha Yoga offers a wide variety of yoga classes, for everyone from beginners to more advanced students. You can relax with Deep Stretch classes or burn some calories with Fusion and Power Yoga. More importantly, Laughing Buddha offers a special Karma class for just $5 several times throughout the month. Get in shape for a great price!
205 W. Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203
www.teasefitnessboutique.comIn addition to the more pricey (and more exotic) pole dancing exercise classes, which begin at $15 and can go as high as $130, Vertical Tease also offers cardio fusion courses to get in shape in an exciting way. It is a great option for people who wish to avoid the gym, who are bored with typical workouts, or if you are just easing back in to working out. There are either memberships for unlimited workouts, or pay-as-you go sessions. Zumba, booty-beat, chair flirt, core yoga, curvy tease, chickboxing, and sizzle are all just $10 for a full session. Or, you can sign up for their memberships.
500 E. Morehead St. Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28202
www.ymcacharlotte.orgThe YMCA has a unique structure to its membership policy: its membership rate depends on how much money your family makes annually. If your combined household income is less than $80,000, your price will be lower than the potential $66 per month. Additionally, there is no membership fee! The membership also covers unlimited classes including Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, Kettlebell, Pilates, personal training, and more. Plus, there are gyms, pools, and other activities for the kids. Membership also provides a discount to the Y summer camps. See the website for a complete list of the Y’s locations.
1319 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Matthews, NC 28105
www.trimupwomen.comAlthough Trim-Up’s membership fee of $65 per month certainly isn’t cheap, going to classes at this premiere women’s gym is very reasonable. You can attend a single class for $10 or spend $50 and for 10 classes (half price!). Bonus for students: if you can’t afford to join a gym but your mom can, you can get a discount if she is a member — and then you can work out together!
10215 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28213
www.planetfitness.comIf you are looking for a more traditional gym, consider Planet Fitness. They have a very reasonable plan with only $10 for their membership fee, and then a $10 a month dues. There are multiple locations in Charlotte to choose from, and they also offer training programs all day to work on different areas of the body. Not a bad deal!
Gerianne Bartlett is a high school teacher who graduated from Wake Forest University with degrees in English and Music. She is knowledgeable on all things Charlotte. You can find her work on Examiner.com, where she writes on cooking, books, and movies. Check out her work here.