This is one of my favorite statements. I am not saying $100 or $200 isn’t a lot of money (it is to me), I am simply interested in why people say it is “too expensive”. That seems to imply it is not worth what you would pay for it, so let’s take this a step at a time.
The US median household income is ~$54,000. That income would put you in the 15% tax bracket, leaving you with $45,900/year. Divide that into 12 month blocks, you have $3825/month. While obviously there are some expenses you need like food, mortgage/rent, gas, utilities, insurance, etc. there are plenty of places where we spend money that is either completely unnecessary or could be reduced to a fraction of what we currently spend. Here are some examples of those:
Cable TV - $103 (http://fortune.com/2016/09/23/average-cable-tv-bill/)
Cable is not a “need”. Sure it is nice to have but I am sure there is an option that at least cuts this cost in half (that’s already $51.50 you’ve saved). Sure, you won’t have 300 channels (275 of which you never even watch) but you’ll have more money and maybe more time to hit the gym, go for a walk, or read a book.
Cell Phone (per line) - $73 (2012 JD Power Study)
Everyone loves having the newest phone and the plan that gives you 16GB of data (or whatever) but using an iPhone for 3 or 4 years won’t kill you. And cutting your data down to like 2 or 4GB probably saves $10 or $20 a line.
New Car Payment - $493 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-lazar/the-average-american-auto_b_9405176.html)
Most people have cable and a cell phone. Less people have new cars. However almost all of us have a car that costs more than what we needed. So buy the 4 year old one with 40k miles on it and save yourself $100 or so a month.
I actually was a little shocked at this number. The odds are you already have TOO MANY clothes. If you’re like me, you take a trip to Goodwill like twice a year with an industrial trash bag full of clothes. Yeah, every once in awhile you’ll tear a hole in your favorite jeans or your shoes get to beat up to run in or whatever. But we all know this number could be lower.
Eating Out - $219 (http://lifehacker.com/how-much-money-do-you-spend-on-food-every-month-1696492352)
The “Average American” now spends more money eating out than they do on groceries each month. I love hitting up the local taco joint as much an anyone but this is a number we have complete control over. And if your health/fitness level/self-esteem/vanity isn’t worth the $150 going to CrossFit costs you then how do you justify spending substantially more than that on food you could make at home for half the price?
Coffee Outside of the House - $80 (https://consumerist.com/2012/01/20/most-american-workers-spend-more-than-1000year-on-coffee/)
Bro...Go to your local coffee roaster, buy whole bean coffee, a burr grinder, and a Chemex and make that junk yourself. It’ll taste better than what we buy from the Mermaid Coffee place and the one that also sells average quality donuts. This saves you money and upgrades your life. Double whammy!
That’s half your “expensive CrossFit membership” already. And you are getting healthier by just removing the sugar you’d consume from these anyways. Double health score!
OK, so it is at least reasonable to think that you might be able to cut spending other places to find that $100-200 CrossFit might cost you. But why would you spend that much money on CrossFit when you can get a “globo gym” membership for less than the cost of seeing a movie in the theater? There’s a few reasons you’ll spend $100 more a month at a CrossFit gym.
“Globo gyms” count on you not coming. That’s how they make money. If half the people that had memberships showed up in a day you’d not even be able to walk around, much less use the equipment (that you might not know how to use unless you spend $50/session to work with a personal trainer). The International Health, Racquet, & Sportsclub Association reported that, on average, gyms sell memberships with the expectation that 18% of the folks with memberships come on a consistent basis.
The globo gym makes money if 82% of the population doesn’t come (and then obviously aren’t achieving their fitness goals). A CrossFit gym works the other way. How is that? Because you aren’t going to spend $100+ a month and not come, right? So the gym has to earn your continuous business by helping you reach your goals, creating an environment you enjoy coming to, and keeping you injury-free. Our gym doesn’t do contracts for this reason. It keeps us honest to help you to the best of our abilities and it helps you keep showing up because you have skin in the game.
The “community” in a good CrossFit gym is the real deal. You automatically have built in accountability because your classmates expect you to be there (and will text you if you don’t show up)! They won’t let you slack off because they will be encouraging you to keep pushing when you want to give up. They give you emotional support as you start this new journey, as they all were in your shoes at one point. That’s worth the cost by itself.
You receive coaching at a CrossFit gym. Someone who knows when you should add more weight, or when you need to take some off the bar. Someone who can help you learn new movements and continually improve on them. Someone who can make sure your movement patterns are going to keep you safe.
Programming. This is the fancy word we use to mean we design the workouts for you, so you just show up and get after it! It takes the onus off of you to determine how often you need to “do legs” and it keeps you balanced so you can’t just do bench press and curls everyday. If you’re a busy person, having an hour class that gets you a great workout without you having to figure out what to do really helps you fit fitness into your day.
The results are awesome. How many people do you know who have a gym membership? How many of those people are making progress towards their fitness goals? At a CrossFit gym, that second number is much higher (due to reasons 1-5).
Maybe after all of that, you still decide CrossFit isn’t worth it for you. That’s OK. Find something that is worth it for you and helps you move in the direction of your goals. Are you a graduate student living off of $100/month (after you pay rent and utilities)? Been there. Start walking or running. Find a place with stairs and climb those a bunch. Push ups. Sit ups. Squats. Lunges. Those are all free. Find some yoga stuff on YouTube. Spend $50 and get a jump rope and a set of dumbbells and your options grow even more.
The point of this isn’t that you need to do CrossFit (though, we do think that is the best way to get fit). The point is that you need to take money off the excuses list. Find what you can afford and work hard. Let’s make things happen in 2017!