Chuck Runyon, Dave Mortensen, and Jeff Klinger founded Anytime Fitness in 2002 in St. Paul, Minnesota. All three men were previous business partners who successfully owned and operated, and then sold a local St. Paul fitness center several years ago focusing on the physical health and well-being of thousands of clients of all fitness levels. The idea for Anytime Fitness came after the founders worked as consultants for a firm that helped underperforming fitness clients’ increase their bottom line. As of 2015, Anytime Fitness has over 3,000 gym fitness locations and 2 million clients. The fitness club opened their first international location in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and has since then expanded to fitness clubs in Australia, Canada, Grand Cayman, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, New Zealand, Qatar, and the United Kingdom. Anytime’s nationwide manifesto is to “Improve the self-esteem of the world.” The company is less concerned with how many pounds and inches its clients use but more focused on their improved quality of living and outlook on life. In 2011, Anytime Fitness developed a health and fitness app for their website that is available to members and serves as a platform to download workouts, track food, and interact with other users to meet fitness goals.
Anytime Fitness membership fees and contracts depend on the kind of membership you apply for and the location, but the average cost is typically $30 to $36/month; however, in other clubs, the membership fee is $44 for a single monthly membership and $39 for a 12-month membership. Couples can also enroll in the gym usually at a discounted price when compared to applying individually. If you are not sure of the monthly fee, you can check the Anytime Fitness Membership Agreement where you will also find information on cancellation fees. The yearly membership also varies depending on the location, although the rate is usually in the $450 to $500 range. At some locations, Anytime Fitness offers a free month of memberships to the top male and female attendees each month. This means if you are a "gym rat" you have a chance to save money. Overall, Anytime's membership fees are less expensive than some of the nation's most popular gym chains, making it more affordable for the average working person to maintain a monthly membership. One membership gives you access to thousands of anytime fitness locations worldwide, so if you travel regularly, you can go to the nearest Anytime gym for no additional fee. Several gyms we reviewed only allowed members free fitness training access to one location.
The fitness club's gym membership fees may also be affected by offers, discounts, and promotions offered separately by location. each gym within the franchise is independently owned and operated by individual franchisees. Each state may also have a different cancellation fee or policy. For the accurate pricing details, contact a nearby location.
Anytime members have to pay an enrollment fee of $50. The company offers members a "No Member Left Behind" program. This is a program for all new members where they get a free 30-day "get-started" program with two complimentary training sessions, nutritional recommendations, and a customized workout plan. With Anytime Fitness, you also get a free month if you get friends and family members to join and if you refer four or more people, you get one year free. These perks are unique to Anytime as our reviewers have not found similar introductory offers at other gyms. The $50 activation fee is less expensive than the average fitness center, many of which charge upfront fees of $75 or more.
When it comes to health and fitness equipment, Anytime Fitness gyms offer:
Each of Anytime's gyms typically has the same equipment, with the exception of a few offering Tan Beds and Hydro Massage Beds. Due to each location being independently owned and operated, the set-ups all include free weights, Nautilus, stationary bikes, spin class bikes, Studio with Video Workouts, ellipticals and treadmills.
Customers at the health club enjoy group fitness classes offered free with their membership at fitness locations. These classes include cycling, strength and conditioning, silver sneakers, step aerobics, Zumba, Yoga, and Pilates. There are some major gyms that offer more of a variety of physical group fitness health and wellness classes but certain classes may come at an additional price. The advantage of participating in group exercise classes is that you will be paired with individuals of all fitness levels to not only help you feel comfortable, but to help you reach your fitness and wellness goals.
With Anytime Fitness, there is no up-selling or pressure of any kind to work with an on-site personal trainer. All staff trainers are in tune with members' abilities and goals and work diligently with one-on-one training in a friendly atmosphere. Customers especially like that Anytime offers a free fitness consult and guidance from personal trainers who aim to educate, not get them to purchase personal training sessions. Members can choose between group training and one-on-one sessions. Pricing is not discussed until you schedule a full inquiry and go to the local gym to inquire.
Anytime's biggest unique selling proposition is its 24/7 availability, which gives members access around-the-clock, even on holidays. Members receive a special "FOB" access key to get into the facility 24/7. The company ensures member's safety through cameras located on the premises. The company also has alarm fobs members can wear around their neck after hours that allows you to call for emergency service with a push of a button if you need assistance. Anytime even conducts background checks on every member, which can make customers feel more secure or more violated regarding privacy.
Do you find yourself struggling to workout if it requires you to go to the gym? Many people struggle with this as some fitness locations are either not close or simply not convenient. The Anytime Fitness App allows for people everywhere to fuel their confidence. Some of the features on this fitness App include:
Many reviews have complaints about Anytime Fitness prices and "hidden fees" and the fact that it does not advertise its fee structure online. If you're able to track down a person who is willing to answer your questions on the phone about their payment plans, hidden and initiation fees, you will be able to alleviate much of the confusion and headache if you decide Anytime is the gym for you. We did, however, find a hidden fee called "key fob deposit" for $86.96. Anytime states that this deposit will be refunded after your annual contract (or lease) ends. Some customers who end their contract prematurely report difficulty getting this deposit refunded. A $38 fob key deposit is also charged to trial membership users if they want to use the gym after business hours. Some customers feel like this is deceitful since the offer is advertised as a one-week free trial.
According to Anytime's website, every club under the Anytime Fitness franchise is cleaned and maintained according to the highest standards. Customers generally have not commented about the gym's cleanliness in any significant detail. We did find that the level of hygiene varies from location to location. Overall, Anytime's cleanliness is average.
Other amenities the company offers at its fitness centers are free Wi-Fi, private restrooms, and private showers. Anytime is not replete with upscale amenities like many of their competitors who offer indoor/outdoor pools, spas, steam rooms, massage beds, cafés, etc. Also, Anytime does not offer childcare the way similar gyms of its size do.
The trainers/management are great until you stop pay the additional to continue classes not covered in the normal membership fee. After you choose not to continue the VERY expensive classes, the trainers/management treat you like a nobody. They don’t even say hello. It’s like you’re not even there.
DO NOT purchase a membership with this company. I paid for one full year up front, and 30 days later the Anytime franchise I paid at and for, was shut down for not paying their lease. After NUMEROUS attempts to contact the Head Office, and the email sent to me when they announced the closing, I have had ZERO response from them, and it has been over a month. So, save your money, find the next closest gym that is not part of the Anytime franchise...where they are happy to take your money, but but care nothing about you once they have it!
Super clean equipment that I can get a good workout in anytime. I love going either super late at night or early in the morning when there are less people these. The hours are just awesome.
I have to pay over 80$ per month (39.90$ for two weeks). Is that normal?!
Great training facility for the money. Top of the line equipment and great employees.
Stay away! The gym is small and lacks equipment. READ YOU CONTRACT BEFORE SIGNING UP! The cancellation fee is a JOKE! I had an 18 months contract and when I decided to cancel I still had about 1 year of the contract. They will hold you hostage on this gym and ask you to pay the amount for the year left in your contract that you not going to use, no matter what! Luckily I was able to move to a place where I could cancel using the distance from the gym rule that is in the contract. So the catch is that they tell you that the cancellation fee is $250. but they do not tell you that this amount is only if you cancel within the first month of the contract. After that, you can only cancel if you pay the remaining balance of the contract. I got really upset with this place. Shady business screwing people that just want to exercise.
I did the book camp here for a few months and loved it! The instructors were really nice and the price didn't seem to expensive.
I had a membership with them once and the customer service was great. We were immediately greeted at the door and treated as if we were old friends. The only thing I would change is that there isn't anyone always around after hours to answer any questions.
Carol J Malloy
We joined the gym at the end of July of this year, it finally opened the day before yesterday, October 30th. I told them that because I had to wait so long and was never kept updated or notified of the opening and it was 4 months from the time that I had signed up and it wasn't my fault that they couldn't get the right permits to open but they didn't have any problems with taking money out of my account. Now they want to charge me $59 to cancel the membership. I have called the main office and tried talking with them and just got the brush off, went to the gym itself and got nothing but the runaround and wasn't able to speak to anyone in charge face to face. Why should I be held accountable for a contract when they couldn't pass for permits with the town? They didn't open when we were told they were going to open but I'm told that they can't be held responsible for that. Customer service isn't there!
Less than stellar equipment and more expensive than it should be for the quality of equipment.
It’s awful!!!! still charging my card after my membership expired!!!
This was a great facility. The equipment was clean and worked well. I like how there are so many around that I can always find one to work out at.
Anytime Fitness is a great gym to work out at. Lots of machines available and is only busy during busy hours. A little on the pricey side, but great for those looking to make gyms a bigger part of their lives.
Anytime fitness is a great place to go and work out! I enjoy their variety of classes and I appreciate that you have access at any hour, day or night, because you had a key to the facilities.
I went into the one by my home and it was so small! It didn't have a daycare for your kids so I had to pass!
Christopher L Muench
Decent gym until you shop around. There are better choices on the area. Especially the GoodLife @ Deerfoot City. GoodLife is staffed 24/7 including tanning plus similar rates and better cleaner facilities. I've been with Anytime Symons Valley for over two years. I can tell you that it was a clean gym when I started and the equipment was fairly modern. Not so much anymore. I have photos of the same pieces of garbage sitting in the middle of the tanning room for weeks before being cleaned up. Mirrors will also have the same finger prints for weeks. Also, trying to cancel a membership will not be a pleasant experience. My membership expired a month ago and the owners have ignored my emails and phone calls so that my membership "automatically renewed." Honestly, most members are still there only because they can't cancel or get out of there contracts. The equipment is only good, as long as it's not broken. Otherwise it may be down for a while. If you are reading this know that I have posted great reviews and photos in the past, on FB, Google and Yelp however, I honestly only left positive reviews for free stuff from the owner... definitely look elsewhere and if you are a member trying to get out, contact me for advice. The owners will do everything to keep you in you contract for Life!
Good clean gym. I can confirm the key fob prices are accurate .
Buyers beware!!! When you sign up for a membership you will pay for the first month in advance, perfectly understandable, but when you have to cancel your membership ( even due to a medical reason) the will take an additional month from you that you wont be able to use....no other gym's that i have been a part of does this...beware
Anytime Fitness is one of the best gyms out there. They have great and clean facilities.
I go to the geraldton anytime fitness, they dont reward members who have been there 5 plus years, i was paying $50 per month for the last year, my membership expired, now they want to charge me $75. And the icing on the cake is there is about 7 pieces of equipment that have been broken for the last 9 months with no sign of being fixed, the out of order equipment has been a problem since i started going there 5 years ago, im assuming its the same problem for all anytime fitness clubs in Western Australia.
Mazi Marcel Womack
I love anytime fitness. They always have the latest equipment and it is always well taken care of and clean.
I’d give it Zero if I could. After a 7 year membership I moved and needed to cancel. They make it virtually impossible and it’s taken 3 months of hassle.
Went for a trial membership and tried to cancel three times but the manager keeps refusing to accept the cancellation. The equipment and facilities are not kept clean or in working condition, and after hours the club becomes very disrespectful. They try to push personal training on you constantly along with upgrading to higher “tiers” of membership.
I didn’t particularly enjoy this fitness center because the facility I went to wasn’t very clean.
I had a membership for 1 year. At the end of the contract I went to the Manager and told him I was going to stop coming and that I needed to cancel. He said he was going to put it on hold because I would want to come back. He smiled thru it all and I told him I would not come back as I am teaching dance 5 days a week and cannot fit the gym in also. Long story short - he put it on hold and I told him to cancel. After 6 months on "hold" not cancelled, he started taking money out of my HSA account . I was never contacted not did I give him permission to take any money. It was 8 months before I realized that I was paying for a gym membership that I wasn't using. He stole $350.00 including some "new Equipment" charge. He was a liar, swindler and thief.
I love this gym and it’s atmosphere ! Such amazing staff and good vibes all around. Christine helped me sign up and she is super sweet, lovely and efficient! I have recently been doing PT with Sophia and love it she is so lovely! She is really helping me keep focused and she is really genuine and caring and I look forward to each session! Also she is very knowledgeable, friendly, very efficient & patient in explaining different muscle groups we work on 😊 did I mention love this place !?
I really liked my time at Anytime Fitness. I love the 24-hour access, and I liked the variety of equipment they had.
This place really sucks. Too expensive for what you get. And good luck cancelling even when your contract is up!
Anytime FItness is a great place to get in shape. And you can go on your own schedule.
Great staff and trainer. Good variety of equipment. Very, very clean facility.
Went in as a referral and after the trial the price went up to double and all the extra fees. This isn't what we were told in the beginning and they said because the location is convenient the price is worth it. Double the price and half the size with no locker rooms is not convenient at all! I will drive further for half the price and bigger gym.
Very polite and inviting staff. I would recommend this gym to anyone.
Royal A. Brown III
Like the concept of being available 24 X 7 using key Fob - good equipment - little too expensive for retirees like me.
I loved Anytime fitness! Yes it wasn't the cheapest gym around, but it had everything I could want, it wasn't overly crowded, and it was the closest gym to my house and work! The machines were all functioning, the receptionist was nice! Overall great gym experience!
Horrible manager he lies about the cancellation I this is a horrible site n policy and when I wrote a review he threatened me
Open anytime to meet my schedule, gym was neat and clean and never crowded.
My Anytime Fitness experience has been the greatest experience I have ever had with a fitness/health club. The staff is very attentive and know's almost everyone's name. With their help/advice/support I've lost 80lbs. and have never felt better. I am 61 years old and they listen to my issues and offer constructive advice. They are committed to my health and well being. I would highly recommend this gym to my friends and family.
Love this place. Very affordable and works with my hectic schedule. Able to tan as well!
Great. Very friendly and I love the convenience of being able to work out on my schedule.
Gym manager does not keep the gym clean, equipment is dow for weeks, poor customer service
I had a GREAT EXPERIENCE before with this company. It is clean and very quiet. Not too crowded and I also like the option of going in 24/7
very good. Everyone working there is helpful and friendly.
I had a gym membership at a facility in Eaton, Oh. The gym itself was pretty clean, the staff was pretty good and helpful. I quite because my partner that I joined with passed away unexpectedly and I didn't want to go without her. That said I would like to rejoin but the cost is $13 + more per month than Planet Fitness and they offer way more things at their locations (several tanning beds versus 2, red light therapy, hydromassage, etc) than AF does. Not to mention the joining and annual fees are far cheaper. It's hard to want to join a place that offers less and charges more.
Anytime Fitness if a great place me and my family goes to get a good work out in. Their classes are always challenging and fun. Their staff if amazing too!
I have no complaints about Anytime! Friendly, safe and clean environment.
Experience is very good, great classes and training. Friendly atsomphere.
I went here a few times and felt like it was an ok gym. It was smaller and didn't have as much equipment as I would have liked. The employees were friendly.
I would give a zero or a minus 100 if I could I have PTSD I've been dealing with this company out of Lockhart Texas for over a year now even though I satisfied my contract I gave them three written notices I gave him a certified letter / the manager's request because I had moved three hours away they continued and continued and continued to Bill me every month and refused to help me and of course the financial office says it's between me and the center and essential won't do anything and neither will corporate I'm about to lose my mind
I am extremely dissapointed with my gym. My key fob accidentally broke off my key chain at my son's little league game and they charged me $29 for a new one ... that's a whole month's membership.
Don’t waist your money when there is way better gyms out there. If you end up signing up with anytime fitness make sure you READ YOUR CONTRACT THOROUGHLY! Just so you know there is a extra charge of 31 dollars per person in April and October for new equipment, ha what a joke! Maybe it gotten better I don’t know but I haven't been in a while. when I did go up there was when they moved to the new location I went in a few time and I don’t know were the money was going to. My guess is into some one pocket or that honeymoon the guy took. Anyways when I signed up 2 years ago they never told me I had to find out in my own. Also beware that if you put a freeze on the account for instants like being on bed rest for pregnancy, they will just add those months to the end of your contract so you will be stuck with them even longer. But did they tell me that NO! So please save your self and read the fine print and ask question when you sign up.