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I’m not even a CrossFit coach.
I am, simply, a former athlete.
I am, simply, an average-ish CrossFitter.
I am, simply, a fan of the sport.
I am, simply, just like you.
Every so often, I will post about CrossFit topics from my perspective. I will not attempt to explain what I don’t understand myself, or pretend to be an expert.
A CrossFit Membership: Is it Worth It?
The cost of disease prevention is often much lower than costs spent to manage an established disease. What’s your health worth?
A CrossFit membership may seem like a hefty monthly expense (typically $80 -$150/monthly). While other gym memberships may range from $1-$25/month, one might think that shelling out $150 seems much too high. The difference of the memberships, though, are based on value of services provided.
A CrossFit membership is an investment in yourself.
Benefits of a CrossFit Membership Include:
- Personalized coaching
- Individual Attention and Training
- Community Events and Activities
- Positive Influence (environment)
- Like-Minded Athletes
- Competition and Opportunities
- Built-in support system
Before you decide to you ‘can’t afford’ a CrossFit membership, check out these money-saving and money-making ideas that may help.
There are several ideas listed in this post. I recommend trying one or two at a time to experience maximum benefits. Save this article to your bookmarks and return to it after trying a couple of the ideas in the list below.
The Mindset Behind the Affordability of a CrossFit Membership
Think of CrossFit as personal training. At $150/month that’s only $5/day!
The more you go, the less the cost per session. So get your money’s worth and go as much as you can!
Every class is like a personal training or small group training session. Most classes max out at 12 per session and sometimes class sizes are even smaller. Schedule your class like you would any other appointment and stick to it. This way you get the most ‘bang-for-your-buk’
Compare the cost of a monthly unlimited CrossFit Membership to the actual cost of personal training or small group training- and you’re probably scoring quite the deal! $5 per day for CrossFit -or- $25 per day for personal training… hmm….
24 Ways to Afford a CrossFit Membership
#1 Quit Paying for Expensive Cable
I haven’t had cable for about 5 years. I have wi-fi for $40/month, but the extra $60 per month to watch one channel at a time wasn’t worth it to me. I’ve saved more than $3600 in the past five years simply by not having cable. I don’t miss it at all. Instead of cable, I use a digital antenna. With the antenna I get several basic channels so I am still able to watch popular shows like The Voice, Dateline, Scandal, Chicago Fire and more!
Instead of cable, I prefer to pay for internet. With the internet I can watch anything on YouTube like music videos or CrossFit events. I can browse the web on the big screen or I can cue up Hulu or Netflix. I personally prefer Hulu since it has all of my favorite channels- Bravo, DiscoveryID, HGTV, it has several great movies. It’s only $7.99 a month!
#2 Launch & Monetize a Blog
I finally decided to launch my blog and it’s keeping me extremely busy.
I’m full with excitement and hope. You can get started today for as low as $2.95/month hosting through Bluehost!
#3 Coach or Officiate a Sport
Educational and extracurricular activities teach young kids valuable life skills. You can be a positive influence in that process by:
- Coaching a sport
I have coached and officiated volleyball, basketball, and softball through high school, college, and beyond to earn extra cash. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with kiddos and gain new skills in communication and teaching.
#4 Get Paid to Surf the Web
Did you know you can get paid to surf the web using:
Simply install the Swagbucks toolbar and do your usual internet surfing, browsing, shopping to start earning cash back today.
#5 Sell Unwanted Gift Cards
Have unwanted gift cards laying around? Cash them in using:
It’s simple. All you have to do is search the card you want to sell. Cardpool will then provide an instant offer for the card.
I tried Cardpool after receiving Christmas gift cards that I knew I wouldn’t use or thought I would forget to use. To get the maximum benefit from the Cardpool program, I selected an Amazon gift card which provided more cash back. The process was very easy and I was able to use the Amazon credit right away.
#6 Coach CrossFit
If you’re passionate about CrossFit and have any sort of leadership or coaching skills, you could get certified to become a CrossFit coach.
- Most CrossFit coaches make $20 – $25 per class (hourly).
Often coaches save on memberships and also earn extra income from coaching for the box. Talk to your local box to see if they are hiring coaches! #GoForIt
#7 Sell Your Stuff on Facebook Marketplace
A great way to declutter so you can focus and make some extra money is to sell your stuff on Facebook Marketplace. I’ve sold all kinds of items on Facebook Marketplace.
- Read How I Made $3,800.00 by Selling My Stuff on Facebook Marketplace (+Moved to the Beach!)
#8 Consolidate Debts
Another way to save money would be to consolidate your student loans and/or credit card debt into one easy monthly payment with a low interest rate. If you are chronically ‘forgetting’ about your payments, this could be an easy way to avoid late fees.
- Read how to Save Thousands with Debt Consolidation Loans.
#9 Play with Dogs!
I absolutely love dogs. If you are a pet lover and have a little extra space in your home & in your heart, consider becoming a Rover sitter. It’s so much fun. You can set your own rates, schedule, and preferences. Communication is easy using the app and Rover cards, payments are secure, and they also provide emergency support if needed.
Use Rover to Book
- Save 20 on your first Rover Booking (with me or another sitter) Use Promo Code: KILAH2020. *Promo Code is issued after first booking is complete! Valid for new Rover users only.
Be a Sitter
- Interested in becoming a Rover Sitter? Join here: Becoming a Rover Sitter.
- I highly recommend and love pet-sitting with Rover. Read more about my experience with Rover!
#10 Drive Your Car
I signed up to drive UBER a few months back, but I honestly haven’t had time to try this one out myself; however my brother Greg has been driving UBER for almost a year now and he makes great money doing it. He’s met some really cool people and had so much fun driving his own car, setting his own hours, and being able to leave town and still work.
- Want to get paid to drive your car? Sign up for UBER!
Have a bachelor’s degree? Speak English? Want to work from home? You can earn up to $20 per hour teaching English to children in China through
This is an amazing opportunity for anyone that wants to work from home.
#12 Sell Your Crafts
If you need a product to sell, consider selling your crafts. Once you have a product or a course, you may consider selling those crafts on with Amazon FBA or Facebook MarketPlace.
- Amazon FBA
I am currently working on choosing products and courses to sell online. Since I had so much success using Facebook Marketplace, I will likely start selling there. I am also interested in learning more about the Amazon FBA opportunity.
Comment below if you have an Amazon FBA story for me!
#13 Earn a Scholarship
Taking classes? Did you know you can earn a scholarship at any age or level of post-secondary education? Learn these proven scholarship-search strategies by
#14 Select Smarter Shipping Options
Shipping fees add up! Select smarter shipping options on Amazon by ‘reading the fine print.’ Here’s how to save on Amazon:
- Amazon Prime 2-day free shipping ($99/year).
How to Filter Free Super Saver Shipper Eligible Items While Shopping
Finally, Select the ‘Subscribe & Save‘ option at Online Check-Out. Search & Use promo codes for free or discounted shipping on other websites too!
#15 Take Surveys for Market Research
These are some online survey companies that will pay you to provide them information for their market research efforts:
#16 Become a MakeUp Presenter & Look Good Doing it
Love Make-Up? Make a difference by becoming a YouNique MakeUp presenter.
- Join me on the YouNIQUE team today!
#17 Get Paid to Shop Online
Ebates is an online company that will actually pay you to shop online. Similar to in-story rewards systems, Ebates pays customers in cash-back simply to link their accounts. Start earning for your online shopping with Ebates by signing up today.
Networking is a great way to find side-hustles and full-time gigs. You can network while you Uber, Rover, or even grocery shop! Always have a business card on hand. Need one? Create one here: Vistprint. Here are a few other online Networking opportunities to try:
- Bumble for Biz
Here’s my print biz card for my digital business! And here’s my virtual LinkedIn Profile… let’s connect!
#19 Get Paid to Recycle & Learn
RecycleBank is an online company that educates users on the benefits of recycling. With an overall mission to go green, you can learn and earn Recyclebank points that are good for coupons, deals, and cash back offers. The platform is easy to learn and the lessons are quick and engaging. Try RecycleBank today!
#20 Monetize Your Social Media Accounts
Want to earn more money online? Learn how Michelle makes over $100,000 per MONTH on her blog, Making Sense of Cents. Join this elite community of online earners by enrolling in her course,
It’s definitely worth the investment!
#21 Cut Your Cell Phone Bill by $1200/year (avg)!
Cell phone bills are outrageous these days! With new technology emerging every day I was convinced there must be a better way to save on a cell phone bill! Luckily with a little research, I was able to find
- Republic Wireless – cell plans as low as $5/month!
You can get a decently priced phone and super low data plan through Republic Wireless in order to save an average of $1200 per year on a phone line! This would be a great option for kids and low-tech individuals that simply want a phone to call and text.
#22 Find the Best Deals & Promo Codes Online
Before you hit submit on your next online order from any store, do a quick search on Retailmenot for any promo codes or comparable sales. This website collects coupon codes for free shipping, percent off items, and other sales. Users submit real-time feedback to let others know if the deal is still valid or not. Try it next time you’re shopping online and you could save a few extra bucks!
#23 Compete & WIN!
Another way to save for a CrossFit membership is by competing & winning! There are tons of competition opportunities for CrossFitters of all experiences and ages. Some competitions offer Cash Prizes to the winners which is a great way to recoup your entry fees and possibly save up for the next competition!
- Ready to Compete? Find out Where to Find a CrossFit Competition
#24 Save on Gear
Start simple with your CrossFit Gear. If you are trying to save money to afford your membership, then just wear that raggedy tshirt and regular tennis shoes that you already have.
Most gyms have jump ropes, weight lifting belts, and everything else you need to get started.
After you have worked out for a few months, you can start adding items to your bag but in the beginning simply focus on showing up in whatever you already have!
Those are 24 ways to to afford your CrossFit Membership. Stay tuned for more options and connections. Remember to pin this post and bookmark it for next time. Share the love with your friends on Facebook so they can afford their CrossFit Memberships too!
I’d love to hear how you save money or make extra money to afford your CrossFit Membership. Is your health a priority? Comment below!