Is Life Time worth it?

Looking for a new gym? You've come to the right spot—the comprehensive guide to Life Time. We compiled all of our expert knowledge on this page, just for you. We'll give you everything you need to know about this popular gym chain.

171
Total Locations
Average Size (sq ft)
4.22
Average Google Rating

Looking for a new gym? You've come to the right spot—the comprehensive guide to Life Time. We compiled all of our expert knowledge on this page, just for you. We'll give you everything you need to know about this popular gym chain.

Amenities offered at Life Time

Life Time gyms are upscale clubs that span 999 different cities in the country. This luxury gym chain packs a gigantic amount of services and amenities that seriously spoil their members. Here's what you can expect:

  • 99970% of their gyms have childcare, 328 total
  • 99977% offer up basketball, that's 361 courts
  • 99990% of have a sauna, that's 417 gyms
  • 99993% of have a pool! We count 434 locations.

The 4 amenities above are typically what separate "mid-tier" gym chains from their more budget options. Still, LA Fitness doesn't have it all, as none of their locations have

  • Massage
  • Tanning
  • Cardio Cinema
  • Tennis

Don't forget about all the standard gym offerings are there:

  • Free weights with benches 
  • Cardio equipment and machines (ellipticals, stair-masters, treadmills)
  • Strength machines of various sorts

Collectively, you can expect a large offering of amenities and services at LA Fitness that will satisfy nearly all gym-goers. 

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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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 Life Time 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

Life Time Fitness was founded in 1990 in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The current CEO is Bahram Akradi. The company's headquarters are located in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

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What time does Life Time open & close?

No Life Time locations are open 24/7.

Awesome! 0 of their clubs are open 24/7!

While the exact times will differ for every location, the most common opening hours we've seen from Life Time are: 

  • Monday: 4:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 4:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 4:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 4:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 4:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 4:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 4:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Life Time by the numbers

171

Total Locations

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

4.22

Average Review Rating

The average rating of all their clubs combined.

Average Gym Size

Room for activities! Average square footage of their gyms.

$225.71

Average Monthly Membership Cost

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

1

Total Cities

Find a Life Time in this many cities.

What we love about Life Time

This luxury gym/resort chain is truly breathtaking. We love the enormous selection of services, sports, amenities and more. Definitely have to mention that they have pickleball, the fastest growing sport in America!

  • Upscale and luxurious facilities that are are a premium above all other gym chains. Large, open areas. Well though out and planned experiences vs a plain ol' gym. We imagine their cedarwood sauna, and eucalyptus-scented steam rooms are glorious.

  • Gigantic amenity set. Life Time is an excellent option if you want to swim, play tennis, shoot hoops, relax in the sauna and much more. You could even do all the above in a single day's visit!

  • Fitness options for kids is off the charts. Do know that these are more program and lesson based camps/clinics/classes—which will come with an additional fee. Pick from junior tennis, racquetball, squash or basketball. You can even get your little ones started with rockwall climbing!

What we wish Life Time would improve

While LifeTime already offers a huge amount of amenities and services, we can still name a few things we'd like to see from this upscale gym chain.

  • There wasn't such a gigantic cost difference across the country. With the most expensive metros charging 3x the least expensive, we think thats egregious. 

  • Metros like San Diego, Portland and Seattle had more locations to choose from. These 3 huge metros only have 3 clubs between them.

  • Some of their locations had 24/7 access. Life Time did offer this to some locations pre-pandemic, but no longer do. Even some smaller gym chains that charge a fraction of their price have all-night-workout-hours.

How much is Life Time?

There are generally two plans available at Life Time, which are Standard and Signature. A single, adult membership ranges from $99 to $299/month, where the cost is significantly different across the country. Check out the starting prices below and know that most major metros don't have the Standard membership—you automatically start at Signature:

  • $99/month - Castle Creek (Indianapolis, IN)
  • $129 - Tempe, Arizona
  • $149 - Schaumburg, Illinois
  • $179 - Garland Texas
  • $179 - Raleigh, North Carolina
  • $269 - Coral Gables, Florida
  • $279 - Midtown, New York City
  • $295 - Irvine, California
  • $299 - Walnut Creek, California 

Additionally, we also saw options for 26 Under and Senior Citizen memberships—those who are aged 14-26 or 65 and up. At the cheapest, $129/month. At the high end, $265.

Finally, along with your regular adult membership, an option to add your child, aged 13 and below. That's counted as a Junior membership, and ranges in prices from $30 to $100. 

In general, for Junior, 26 Under, and Senior Citizen plans, you can expect that they're

  • Limited to a single club
  • Limited in amenities (like Group Training)
  • More expensive in larger metro areas, just like Adult memberships.

We didn't see any annual pricing for annual fees during checkout, which is a huge positive at Life Time. Initiation fees were also $0 across every single club we looked at, wow! It's possible we're in a promotional period for them (December 2023), but we saw this pattern at every gym.

  • No annual fee listed on their website. No annual fee once we got to our customized membership contract. This looks like a huge win for Life Time!
  • No initiation fees for all 9 clubs we checked. Could be a promotion, but this is a good sign. Also during sign-up, only the pro-rated monthly amount is charged so your next month as a member would be the full charge.
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Who does Life Time 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 Life Time

Top amenities offered at Life Time

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 Life Time.

Practice your shot at 0 courts

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

6 different locations with childcare

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

0 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.  

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Final thoughts — Is Life Time 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!

Life Time is not just a gym—they're an upscale athletic country club. While it's a bit outside of the gyms we typically review, they're an excellent addition to our comparison. Why is that? Well, they have a massive service and amenity selection that dwarfs many other chains. 

Of course, you'll generally get an upgraded and modernized gym/workout floor. It may be spacious and large, full of cardio options, strength machines and weights—all of that is part of their playbook. 

But, here are a few fitness features that some Life Time's will have, that aren't yet tracked by us: boxing gym, indoor water slide, karate studio, lazy river, MediSpa, outdoor play maze, pilates studio, physical therapy and chiropractic.

Did we mention that they have co-working and social areas, plus an option for live-in communities? What about a location with a pre-school, kids academy or run club? See, that's what Life Time does best: they extend past the typical gym with amenities that give more of an all-around luxury experience.

If any of these options fit your overall health-wellness lifestyle, then Life Time should be in consideration.

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