You need a spotter anyway, so why not get a deal for multiple memberships while you're at it? Many gyms, including Bally Total Fitness and Washington Sports Club, periodically offer friends-and-family discounts if you sign up together or if current members recruit newbies.
For example, 24 Hour Fitness
recently offered a deal for current members to add family to their membership for $30 a month per person with no initiation fee. Regular rates can range from $40 to $75 per month per person, depending on your location. If your gym isn't currently advertising this kind of deal, ask about a discount anyway; membership costs may be negotiable.
(See Master the Modern Art of Haggling
for tips on talking your way to a better bargain.)
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