As a member of the armed forces, it’s important to be in good shape. Sure, it can be hard to drag your ass to the gym.
But there’s nothing better than the feeling of satisfaction you get once you complete a hard workout.
Most military bases in the US have a fitness center, complete with a weight room, cardio stations, and in some cases even basketball courts and a pool.
With that said, some bases basically have jack squat in the way of a decent gym.
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OMK contacted 11 of the largest gyms, fitness centers, and health clubs in the United States to get the skinny (pun intended) on any military or Veterans discounts they might offer.
Here’s what we found out.
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1. Gold’s Gym Military Discount
Opened in 1965 at Venice Beach, Gold’s Gym has locations in over 20 countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Philippines, and even Egypt.
Regardless of where you’re deployed or stationed (unless it’s Iraq or Afghanistan), there’s a good chance you’ll be within driving distance of one of their locations.
With over 3 million active members, Gold’s Gym is one of the largest fitness centers in the world.
I just so happen to be one of those members since 2005.
What Discount Do They Offer?
Typically, the starting membership fee (down payment, if you will) is in the area of $79-$199, depending on your preferred package.
However, Gold’s Gym has waived that fee for servicemen and women on active duty.
To enroll in virtually any Gold’s Gym’s membership packages, you just need to pay $49! Yes, $49.
On top of that, you get a 20% discount on all fees and dues for your membership period.
New members are sometimes given discounts on memberships. In addition to the discount codes available online to help new and current members save on membership fees, there are other discounts extended to military, corporate, and group memberships.
Discounts may vary in different clubs and thus you may need to talk to a local club representative to know about the specials in your specific location.
All you need to do is to use a location finder to know the Gold’s Gym near you, and you can pay the $49 enrollment fee online. You need to show a military ID or military pay stub as proof of eligibility when activating your membership.
For those who don’t want online transactions, simply visit your local Gold’s Gym.
Keep in mind that that Gold’s Gym military discount varies depending on the promotions and deals at the time of signing up; not all promotions and discounts apply to all plans
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Not only will these military discounts offered by Gold’s Gym help you stay fit and healthier at an affordable price, but they can also help you save on health insurance policies, especially those program rewarding wellness.
FYI, this discount is not only applicable to military service members, but also to police officers, firefighters, and first responders as well.
You can learn more about the Golds Gym military discount via this link.
2. Anytime Fitness Military Discount
Anytime Fitness is another one of the largest health and wellness clubs in the US, with over 4,000 franchised locations worldwide.
Unlike many of the other gyms on this page, Anytime Fitness lives up to it’s name….
It’s literally open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
You can visit any Anytime Fitness on holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter Sunday.
When other gyms are closed, Anytime Fitness isn’t.
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What Military Discount Do They Offer?
OMK got in touch with a representative from Anytime Fitness regarding their military discount policy.
Here’s what he had to say:
Anytime Fitness is a franchise and each gym is independently owned and operated by a franchisee. Thus, policies vary slightly from gym to gym.
That said, the vast majority of Anytime Fitness gyms offer discounted “Hero memberships” for military veterans and their families. We recommend checking with your nearest Anytime Fitness gym to determine its policies.
After doing a little more research, I noticed that just like with the Golds Gym military discount, it’s also offered to Firemen, Police Officers, and other first responders.
In fact, in a Facebook post from less than a year ago, even registered nurses qualify for the discount!
I searched their website for the official policy on all of this, but unfortunately came up short.
Just like with the other discounts, be sure to have proof of military service readily available when you go to sign up!
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3. Orange Theory Military Discount
OrangeTheory is not your traditional type of gym. Instead of rows and rows of workout equipment, stair-climbers, stationary bikes, and free weights, you’ll see 3 different workout areas.
- A row of treadmills
- A row of stationary rowing machines
- A small area to do body weight exercises
It’s sort of a cross between a CrossFit style gym and a Boot Camp style gym.
My wife absolutely loves going to Orange Theory, and has actually been a member there for several years.
Myself, on the other hand, prefer the traditional membership-type gym (like Gold’s) for my workouts.
What Military Discount Do They Offer?
At first, I tried reaching out directly to the Orange Theory PR department regarding their military discount.
After receiving no reply, I called my local branch and they told me that they offer $10 off all of their monthly plans.
They did, however, also mention that since every location is individually owned and operated, that not all of the Orange Theory’s would do the same.
So, long story short, give your local location a call before you head there.
Also, be sure to have your military ID ready.
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4. Crunch Fitness Military Discount
Crunch Fitness is a unique type of gym that focuses on the casual gym goer.
Unlike Golds Gym, you won’t hear a lot of loud grunting noises and weights being slammed to the ground.
Crunch Fitness puts a premium on no judgments, positivity, and fun, which is something a lot of people struggle with when they hear the word “gym”.
Like a lot of the other gyms on this page, Crunch Fitness is franchise owned.
What military discount does Crunch Fitness offer?
We spoke with the manager at the local Crunch Fitness in Palm Beach Gardens about their military discount, here’s what they had to say:
Yes, we offer a discounted rate to any person with a military ID. Which means active, Inactive, or even spouses and family of military.
We offer no enrollment Fee and $19.95 for our monthly membership. The normal fee is $75.00 enrollment and $39.95 each month.
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Not too bad if you ask me!
There are 2,700 YMCA fitness centers and community centers across the country, many of them located near military bases.
In fact, YMCA has a special branch called the ASYMCA (Armed Services YMCA) dedicated to helping families of deployed service members.
As a part of YMCA’s focus on supporting active and veteran military personnel and as a way of honoring the selfless sacrifice they make for our country, this gym offers various benefits including discounts on membership.
This non-profit community partners with the Department of Defense to offer discounts to military men and women as well as their families. They provide different services including child care, fitness classes, Military Outreach, indoor track, pool, gym, and community events.
Keep in mind that these might not be available in all YMCA centers and so do discounts. Therefore, contact your local YMCA to know the services available.
Their membership monthly fee is $50 for an individual adult and $70 a month for a family membership.
To qualify for a military discount, you need to contact Military OneSource and obtain a form from them.
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One properly filled out, you’ll then present it to your local YMCA.
Those who qualify include:
- Active duty members and their families
- Family members of reservists and deployed National Guard
- Relocated spouses as well as dependent children of active duty personnel who have been deployed for over six months
What Discount Do They Offer?
YMCA offers 3 different types of discounts to both active military and veteran membership:
To honor and appreciate the sacrifices that active military personnel and veterans, YMCA offers a 10 percent discount on its monthly membership fees.
As a new member, you will be needed to produce your active military ID or a driver’s license with a “Veteran” designation to receive discounted rates. You will be given discounts through the period of your military ID validity. Upon expiration, you must provide a new military ID.
Waived Joining commitment Fee
Typically, a YMCA joining fee is around $29. However, this fee is waived for qualified military members and their families, since most military members can be transferred at any time.
Active duty discount
Should an active duty be called outside their local area, his/her family is allowed to enjoy discounted rates on YMCA membership pending their spouse’s return. When they return, a service member may apply for YMCA membership.
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Should you be called to active duty outside your local area, you can write to the Membership Office and have your membership frozen at no additional cost to you.
If frozen, the current membership card should be left with the YMCA Membership Coordinator or Development and Marketing Director. Upon return, you can write to the Membership Coordinator or Development and Marketing Director to have it reactivated.
You can learn more about the YMCA military discount here.
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6. Youfit Military Discount
Founded in 2008, Youfit Health Clubs is a chain of health clubs spread across 14 states in over 100 locations. It caters for regular gym-goers including service members.
With its wide variety of activities as well as a welcoming atmosphere, Youfit offers a training atmosphere for both active duty military personnel and veterans.
What Discount Do They Offer?
Youfit offers complimentary 3-month membership to veterans and first responders. You just need to show proper military/veteran identification to sign up, which includes:
- Valid military ID card
- DD 214
- VA card
Simply present your military ID before signing up and you’ll be entitled to the discount.
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7. Crossfit Military Discount
I’ve never been a huge fan of Crossfit, but nonetheless, it’s still considered a “gym” for all intents and purposes.
Crossfit offers a unique style of workout that caters to the type of athlete looking to up their game, utilizing a hybrid of competition and extreme workouts.
Some have criticized Crossfit for not putting an emphasis on form, but rather sheer numbers.
In any event, they actually do offer a military discount.
So what do they offer?
OMK spoke with a representative from Crossfit, and they told us that they offer a 20% off discount, regardless of whether your actively serving or are retired.
Since all memberships are month to month, this can provide a significant amount of savings.
One thing they did note, however, is that the military discount does not apply to the 10 day pass.
So keep that in mind if you’re just thinking about “trying it out” before committing to a full membership.
Gyms That Do NOT Offer Military Discounts (or it’s unclear)
Unfortunately, not every gym we contacted was too keen on offering any sort of military discount.
From our research, the following gyms do NOT offer a military discount or other incentive for veterans to join:
Here’s what the LA Fitness representative had to say regarding military discounts:
I was following up in regards to your interest in joining LA Fitness. Please send me your zip code or name of location so I can look into current promotional rates in your area. We do not normally offer any Veteran or military discount. Please feel free to contact me via email or by phone if you have any questions. When you have a moment we can discuss the several options we have available. I am available Monday through Friday from 6:30am-3pm PST. All promotional rates are subject to change without notice.
I ended up sending them an email with my zip code, and here’s what they responded with:
Here are our current most affordable promotions, http://www.lafitness.com/
Promotion?bbcert=, they are all for Single Club(Access to only 1 location) if you are interested in Multi-Club(Access to multiple locations in your area, Excluding Signature locations) I can look into that as well for you. BBR00394EBF2EA
All of our memberships have a $49 annual fee that gets charged after the 2nd month of billing and then will be billed each year after.
I will keep this page updated if LA Fitness ever changes their military discount policy.
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Unfortunately, Planet Fitness is another large gym that does not have any military discounts or Veteran specials.
Here’s what they had to say when we contacted them:
Thank you for contacting us! As each Planet Fitness is an independently owned and operated franchise, the specific promotions or discounts offered per location may vary.
We invite you down to the location to take a tour of the facility, or you may always call the location directly with any inquiry you may have.
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So in short, it’s possible that your local Planet Fitness does indeed have a military discount, but you’ll have to check with them directly.
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There are a few other sites out there that claim Snap Fitness offers a military discount, but we couldn’t find any info that proved that 100%.
There’s no mention of it on their website, and they didn’t respond to inquiries and repeated phone calls.
Like the others on this page, we will update if any of this changes.
No military discount or Veterans day special found.
Things are actually a bit unclear for this gym. While they don’t make any mention of military discounts on their official site, I came across a Facebook post for one location stating they do.
My guess is, since Retro Fitness are franchisee owned and operated, it’s likely up to the local gym owner.
24 Hour Fitness
Like a lot of the other gyms here, it was tough to get a straight answer.
When we spoke with one of their representatives, they said that sometimes they will offer to waive the first months fee for members of the military.
This is true for both active duty members, as well as those retired from the military.
However, a search of their website (www.24hourfitness.com) reveals no such discount specifically for those serving in the military.
What we did notice is that they are currently running a promotion for anyone and everyone that looks exactly the same.
My guess is, they were just trying to get me to signup, and were saying whatever I wanted to hear.
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While none of the above gyms offer free gym memberships for military veterans or their families, these discounts will certainly make it easier on your wallet!
Keep in mind that there are literally 1,000’s of other smaller gyms across the country, many of which will offer their own military discount.
In some cases, they may even ask you without you bringing it up! (happened to me recently, actually)
If you know of any other gyms that aren’t listed in this article that offer military discounts, feel free to post a comment below!