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Fitness centers lure new clients with lower rates

Sharon Weiner Sharon Weiner

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - There's still a few hours left before 2009, and time to make those New Year's resolutions. 

During these tough economic times many will consider saving money, others will try to continue living healthy lifestyles. One Oahu fitness fis helping people to do both.

While people change their spending habits, gym membership is one thing some are not willing to sacrifice.  In their first year of business, Power House Gym in Kakaako, lowered sign up fees.  In the meantime they watched as their membership grew.

"Got to lose 12 pounds by March 1st and keep it off for the rest of the year," said Sharon Weiner.

It's Sharon Weiners New Year's resolution.  Many of Power House Gyms' members can reach their goals to stay healthy and strong this year thanks to a nearly 50% decrease in monthly membership fees.

"20-dollars a month makes it real easy for people to say, yeah that doesn't put a pinch to my pocket," said gym owner Alvin Paguio.

Some people have cancelled memberships, but 2008 was a good year. In their first year of business about 700 new members signed up.

"That's a good number that's pretty good.  We're actually setting our goals up to at least bring in another 1500 within the next 4 to 6 months," said Alvin Paguio.

With just about everything you can ask for in a gym, it's been an easy sell.

"As soon as they hear what our membership rates are and everything and what's all involved, we literally have a 90% close rate," said Alvin Paguio.

The low rates help, especially for people who put health at the top of their priority list.

"My doctor said to me, the best investment you can possibly make is working out," said Sharon Weiner.

"Suppose for example, I was laid off.  I would still get a pair of dumbbells and be working out at home," said Gym Member Ron Pakele.

The economy might be weak, but some gyms are doing their best to help people walk into the New Year healthy and strong.

It seems to be the trend with other fitness centers.  The Honolulu Club and 24-hour fitness are offering special incentives, and the YMCA starts a new program Friday, where monthly fees will be based on a person's yearly income. 

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