Since the rise of the Internet, people have struggled to tear their now-useless phone books in half. Bulk up to succeed where others have failed with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a 30-day membership to 24 Hour Fitness's Houston Rice Village Club (a $99.99 value).
24 Hour Fitness keeps its doors open day and night so members can sculpt bodies and fitness goals on their own time with a potpourri of group classes, cardio equipment, free weights, athletic courts, and an indoor-lap pool. Armed with a 30-day membership to the recently opened Houston Rice Village Club, gym-goers kick off fresh workout routines with a complimentary fitness orientation filled with advice from personal trainers on health goals, how to use equipment, and how to interpret nightmares of being chased by dumbbells. Add fresh layers of physicality with TRX suspension-training equipment before playing a round in the racquetball court or letting sneakers squeak out healthful sonnets on the practice basketball court. Members can sign up for an array of group fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills workouts ranging from martial-arts-inspired body combat to RPM, which pairs thumping beats with a stationary bike ride through imaginary mountains and ethereal monsoons. Cap off workouts by ducking into the sauna or taking one final lap in the whirlpool.
After the 30-day membership has run its course, guests can choose to sign up for a new membership, with some types of membership requiring an initiation fee. As there is no obligation to join, gym-goers can also politely suggest that it would be best for them to start seeing other free weights. Though not included in today's Groupon, Houston Rice Village Club offers childcare, with prices varying depending upon the type of service and whether or not the child in question remains under warranty.