The high price of staying in shape

(NEW YORK) — Fitness classes now range from everything from spinning to trampolining and acro-yoga, and fitness enthusiasts are spending more and more to take those classes.

Consumers spent an average of $828 per year in 2014 on fitness-related activities, according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, the trade group for the global health club and fitness industry.

That number represents a $108 increase in average spending from 2012, the IHRSA reports.

Some fitness lovers like 38-year-old Emily Voorhees are spending even above average on fitness. Voorhees, of New York City, says she spends $250 per month at her favorite studio, The Bar Method.

“The energy the class gives me makes me step out into the world with a little bit of a spring in my step and a little more confidence than I had walking in,” Voorhees told ABC News. “Even if it puts a hole in my wallet, it is an investment to myself and I am committed to that.”

Voorhees is maintaining her commitment to The Bar Method even while she is temporarily unemployed, cutting financial corners in other places.

“I immediately canceled my cable [and] I don’t go out to eat as much. I don’t go to bars as much,” said Voorhees, who says she also showers at the studio.

Jeremy Lindy is another New York City-based fitness enthusiast who is spending above average on fitness.

Lindy maintains a gym membership and frequents treadmill and strength-based classes at Barry’s Bootcamp. His monthly fitness spending is near $500.

“When I spend my money on fitness it helps me with my goals, it helps me look better, I feel better,” Lindy told ABC News. “Being overweight as a kid, I was quiet and it kind of broke me out of my shell and gave me a boost in confidence.”

The co-owner of The Bar Method in Manhattan says the price people are willing to pay on fitness comes down to results.

“I think if they get great results and have a great experience and have a sense of community, they will pay for it,” Amy Duffey told ABC News.

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