Sunday, March 26, 2023


Do you have a gym membership?

According to Statista, 64 percent of all Americans in 2019 had a gym membership, and that number has doubled since 2000. Now, the pandemic has changed things, of course, since most gyms have been closed across the country for the last several months.

According to another study by TD Ameritrade, 59 percent of Americans say they don’t plan on renewing their gym memberships, saying they’ve found other, more affordable ways to exercise during the pandemic.

Do you have a gym membership? If so, do you use it often? Will you renew it once it’s safe to return to gyms again?

Please tell us in the poll below. Thanks!


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Richard Winchester
2 years ago

No, we have our own gym in our garage. Weight machine, treadmill and free weights which we use when we aren’t on the road. On the road I walk/run on the parks road and bring adjustable dumbbells to use. Plus plenty of exercises that can be done without weights.

2 years ago

I have a free “Silver Sneakers” membership through my insurance but haven’t been.

Rory R
2 years ago

Nope, no gym membership, don’t like going to most gyms, but I have designed my own exercise regimen, and I do stick to it. It is really varied, so itdoesn’t get to be an “old routine”, that I become bored with.

Bob Weinfurt
2 years ago

I don’t need a gym. Just keeping up with things at home is as much of a workout as I can handle.

Ray Morgan
2 years ago

Did have for over 27 years, started full-timing & traveling 6 years ago. Had to let the membership go.

Eric M.
2 years ago

I had to say yes, but really a community gym is included in my homeowners’ dues. No, I do not have a specific gym membership.

2 years ago

When I lived in Colorado, I had a complete gym in my home
We moved to Arizona and I joined the YMCA. Senior Sneakers or what ever it is called, but since the Pandemic, I have been working out at home again.

2 years ago

as others said, Silversneakers comes with Medicad plan, but I do not use it. But I do excercises at home and walk about 5 miles a day

2 years ago

The category I would have checked… Did you have a gym membership “before” Covid-19? Gyms here are closed.

Bill Coady
2 years ago
Reply to  cee

Ditto to Cee’s comment

Walter Fuhrmann
2 years ago

My math is usually good, but if membership was 64%, how did it double? We are like many, we have insurance that gives us free membership, but once again our state is closing our gym, which we try to use regularly.

2 years ago

Used to, but now we are full timers so never in one spot long enough. I have a set of adjustable dumbbells that I can use in the RV.

Matt C
2 years ago

We have been for a while now, but we mostly use it for daily water exercise, but Michigan has shut that off again. It is a real shame because my bad knee does well when I can get there.

bill k
2 years ago

I just joined one a month ago. What a surprise… the 12 month commitment came with a free case of Covid 19.

Patrick D'Annunzio
2 years ago

Free with Medicare supplement. But with COVID, I don’t use it.

2 years ago

My exercise is a large garden in the summer and heating with wood in the winter. I don’t buy wood so it involves: cutting down trees, hauling them out of the woods on rugged terrain, splitting the wood, stacking it to dry, and several years later moving it to the house every few days.

2 years ago


2 years ago

Joined “9-Round” last year for a number of reasons:
1) near my house
2) the workout is incredibly intense; great cardio
3) entire workout can be completed in 30 minutes from the time you walk through the door
4) the workout stations change every day, so different muscle groups, variety of exercises touching every muscle in your body in a week, etc.

Then I retired, moved to Arizona, and the nearest 9-Round is 15 miles away. I’m waiting for one to open in a vacant strip mall near my home before I re-join, because it’s the best workout ever

2 years ago

Yes, but only because it’s included in my Medicare plan.

Sue from Minnesota
2 years ago

We belong to the Y! Even tho we don’t go during the Pandemic, we want to support the Y mission. Our Y provides essential worker daycare, food support, senior outreach, youth outreach, showers, on line live exercise, and so much more!

Randy Bitner
2 years ago

Yes, called Silver Sneakers through my over 65 health plan, but I never use it due to having equipment in my stick and mortar home.

2 years ago

I thought I would never give up the gym. It was more than exercise it was also a place to meet friends and other members. At 6 a.m. it was a good start to my day and I looked forward to it. Now, because I live in a small town, I can power walk 10km every morning without contact with anyone and have basic gym equipment at home that works quite well. I miss the gym, but I know I’m safe at home and still in good shape.

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