Is Anytime Fitness worth it?

This is the ultimate guide to Anytime Fitness! All of our expertise is summarized on this page—giving you everything you need to know about the gym chain.

2361
Total Locations
Average Size (sq ft)
4.28
Average Google Rating

This is the ultimate guide to Anytime Fitness! All of our expertise is summarized on this page—giving you everything you need to know about the gym chain.

Amenities offered at Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness is a huge gym chain for those who want to work out... anytime! With keycards/badges that allow you access at all times of the day, we see folks who work really early (or late graveyard shifts) love the convenience.

And that's not all, of course. Other key offerings you'll see:

  • Open 24/7 - workout anytime at 2300+ of their gyms
  • Standard cardio at all locations (treadmills and stair-masters)
  • Free weight section with benches and dumbbells

Anytime Fitness clubs are generally below 20,000 square feet, if not smaller, so they physically can't fit too much more than the above gym basics. So, there are several key services/amenities that you won't get, at any of their clubs. There is no:

  • Basketball, Volleyball or Racquetball
  • Pools, Steam or Saunas
  • Childcare and daycare

Of course, all your standard gym offerings are there:

  • Cardio machines (treadmills, stair-masters, ellipticals)
  • Strength machines of various sorts
  • Free weights with benches
Amenities
These amenities are available at some locations
Personal Training
Group Training
Sauna
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Swimming Pool
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Basketball
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Childcare
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Steam Room
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Tanning
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Open 24-hours
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Spa/Hot-Tub
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Racquetball
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Pickleball
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Tennis
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Squash
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Retail
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Wi-Fi
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Women-only Workout
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Smoothie/Shake Bar
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Equipment
This equipment is available at some locations
Cardio Machines (treadmills and more)
Weight Training (free weights & machines)
Locker Room
Shower
Restroom
Cold Plunge
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Cardio Cinema
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Towel Service
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Massage Chairs
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Olympic Lifting
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Functional Turf
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Unavailable

These amenities are not offered at any Anytime Fitness location.

Sauna
Pool
Childcare / Daycare
Basketball
Steam
Open 24-hours-a-day
Pickleball
Tanning
Spa/Whirlpool/Hot-Tub
Massage Chairs
Racquetball
Cardio Cinema
Functional Turf
Towel Service
Olympic lifting
Tennis
Squash
Retail Area
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Wi-Fi
Women Only
Workout Area
Cold Plunge
Smoothie/Shake Bar
Fast Facts

Anytime Fitness was founded in 2002. It was established by Chuck Runyon, Dave Mortensen, and Jeff Klinger in Woodbury, Minnesota, United States. The current CEO of Anytime Fitness is Chuck Runyon. The headquarters of Anytime Fitness is currently located in Woodbury, Minnesota, United States.

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What time does Anytime Fitness open & close?

No Anytime Fitness locations are open 24/7.

Awesome! 48 of their clubs are open 24/7!

All clubs from Anytime Fitness are open all night long—just use your key fob at the door to let you in during unstaffed hours.

Staffed hours vary at all clubs, but the most common we've seen:

  • Monday - 10am - 7pm
  • Tuesday - 10am - 7pm
  • Wednesday - 10am - 7pm
  • Thursday - 10am - 7pm
  • Fridays - 10am - 4pm 
  • Saturdays - often unstaffed
  • Sundays - often unstaffed

Anytime Fitness by the numbers

2361

Total Locations

The total amount of locations we're tracking from this fitness chain.

4.28

Average Review Rating

The average rating of all their clubs combined.

Average Gym Size

Room for activities! Average square footage of their gyms.

$52.12

Average Monthly Membership Cost

How much you can expect to pay for the entry-level membership every month

12

Total Cities

Find a Anytime Fitness in this many cities.

What we love about Anytime Fitness

Same as their name, you'll love going to Anytime mainly because of their open, 24-7, up-all-night hours. Check out the other things we love.

  • Sneak in your workout, Anytime. Night-owls, graveyard shift, nurses and more: If you need to get a sweat on outside of the standard the 9-5, Anytime Fitness should be on your radar.

  • Plenty of locations to choose from. With over 2,300 locations across the country, you can bet there is a gym nearby to you. Yep, that means even folks in quiet Montana.

  • The option to go overseas and also get a workout in. Anytime actually as 5100+ total locations worldwide, including Mexico, Australia, Philippines, Qatar, and many others.

What we wish Anytime Fitness would improve

While Anytime Fitness checks off nearly all the boxes for most folks, there are still a few things we'd like to see.

  • That saunas or steam rooms made an appearance, at even a few of their 2300+ locations. Infrared "portable" saunas (albeit smaller ones) are becoming more popular, and could be an option for a willing franchisee group.

  • Their locations were larger, in turn would be able to fit more fitness options. Many Anytime Fitness locations are in strip malls, so are of the smaller variety.

  • Many locations would get rid of their carpet! Proper hard rubber matting is what nearly all other "serious" gym chains use.

How much is Anytime Fitness?

The five locations we examined all had slightly different pricing offers. All had annual fees, and most billed their members “bi-weekly” aka every two weeks. We doubled that cost on our site to reflect roughly the equivalent "monthly" price for better comparison to every other gym out there. 

(Also: bi-weekly bills means 26 total charges a year, vs 24 total charges if billed twice a month. It’s a subtle nuance, but an easy way for Anytime to get two more out of the full year)

  • Durham, North Carolina - $49.98/"monthly" with an 18-month commitment. $55.98/"monthly" for 24-month commitment. They will bill you $24.99/$27.99 every two weeks.
  • Naperville, Illinois - $39.90 "monthly, 24-month commit, $49.90 12-month commit. Billed $19.95/$24.95 every two weeks
  • Cliffside Park, New Jersey - $65.98 "monthly", 24-month. $69.98 "monthly" at 12-months. 
  • Garland, Texas - $47.98 "monthly" at 24-months, $53.98 at 12-months.

So the pricing is inconsistent, but so is their:

  • $77 "down payment" at the Sunrise, Florida location
  • $25 "success kit" at Garland, Texas location
  • $79.99 "security activation kit" at the Culver City gym
  • $0 "down" at their Livermore, California location

Sorry to get weirder, but finally

  • $30 annual fee—billed twice a year at Livermore
  • $59.99 "club enhancement fee" at Culver City
  • $30 "club enhancement" at Garland

What does this all mean?

  1. Overall pretty expensive, knowing what amenities (they don't offer). 
  2. Pretty confusing structure, to you the reader, and likely to the first-time gym-goer. We don't want you getting ripped off!
  3. Kinda deceiving, with different ways to extract fees or membership costs. Sneaky sneaky :(
  • Every Anytime gym we looked at had an annual fee, usually $59. One club we found bills that into two: $30 and $30, twice a year.
  • Initiation fees, down payments, even called "success kits" are wildly inconsistent at Anytime. We've seen it as cheap as $0 to as high as $79.
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Who does Anytime Fitness cater to?

We all have different bodies, different goals and different fitness journeys. Some gyms may fit a person better than others. So who would enjoy this gym most?

Frequently asked questions about Anytime Fitness

Top amenities offered at Anytime Fitness

All the gym essentials

Free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment.

0 saunas to choose from

Nothing like the hot heat to warm muscles up.

Swim laps in 0 different pools

Dive in to relax after your work—or you can swim laps at Anytime Fitness.

Practice your shot at 0 courts

Courts with regulation rims and beautiful hardwood. Just 8% of gyms nationwide have a court.

0 different locations with childcare

What a rare treat. Less than 9% of gyms in the country have childcare/daycare!

48 gyms that are open all night long

An extra early or real late workout—your choice.

Functional turf workouts at 0 gyms

Stretch, sleds, bodyweight or box jumps. The turf area is the place to be.

0 hot tubs FTW!

Relieve pain post workout or soothe sore muscles.  

Additional info about Anytime Fitness

Final thoughts — Is Anytime Fitness worth it?

Gym Pricing Tiers Explained

There are 3-4 main pricing tiers that nearly all gyms across the country fall into. Generally, higher prices = more amenities and services.

$10 - $25 /month — Value

  • Standard/basic equipment
  • Cardio machines: treadmills, ellipticals
  • Various free-weights, strength machines

$15 - $30 /month — High Value Low Price

  • All the above, plus a few have saunas or pools
  • Massage and/or Tanning options
  • Expect newer style amenities like Olympic lifting platforms, functional turf and cardio cinema.

$25 - $65 Monthly — Mid-Tier

  • All the above, placed in larger facilities and spaces. Pools, saunas and steam are a must.
  • Basketball courts and childcare were the main amenities.
  • These are your "older" more aged "big-box" gyms, often with hundreds of locations spanning the country

$65 and up  — Boutique/Specialty/Luxury

  • Highest end cardio equipment with advanced, expensive machines
  • Specialty group training and fitness classes
  • Luxury or boutique locker rooms, workspaces and lounges

"Is this gym worth it?"

Use our guides to help inform and educate what a gym can offer your fitness lifestyle. Only you can truly decide if a gym is worth it!

Anytime Fitness gyms are common and frequently seen in many cities across the country, serving communities with over 2300+ locations. We can bet there's one, or a few nearby to you.

Members of this gym chain will appreciate that all night, secure access, plus standard amenities like cardio and strength equipment. There are various machines, and functional training options too.

Amenities that Anytime doesn’t have—at any of their locations—are childcare/daycare, sauna, steam rooms, pools, pickleball, racquetball or basketball courts. Whew—quite the list.

Like we said, Anytime Fitness clubs are best known for 24/7 access, and that's really their best trait. That's unfortunate, because as we look to see if a gym is worth it, we measure what they offer vs what it costs. And boy, that equation is out of whack with Anytime.

(Did you know Anytime gyms are franchised? That affects their offerings and price, as we've seen sooo much variation between them all.)

Is this gym chain worth it? It really boils down to how important all-night access is to you. It's an amazing, and essential feature, but be prepared to pay for it, especially in some locations. 

We recommend you check out 24 Hour Fitness, Gold's Gym, Crunch and EoS as other options. Not only will you likely get a better monthly rate, but a slew of those mentioned amenities are available, too.

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