Earlier this summer I caved and got a gym membership. I had hoped to be able to just use my home gym, but when I realized I wouldn’t be running for awhile I thought it would be a a good idea to have some other ways to work out other than just my spin bike.
Before moving into our house in the suburbs 2.5 years ago, I had a gym membership in the city in that I used at least 3 times a week. I belonged to that gym for 8 years (at different locations based on where I was living). I loved taking Body Pump and other classes, and it was nice to have the option to use the elliptical or treadmill as needed.
When we got a new car last March, I realized that I could join a gym again if I wanted. I started looking around but nothing close to my house seemed appealing. I finally decided on an inexpensive gym that is less than a block from where I work. After using this gym for about 6 weeks, I wanted to share some of the pros and cons of once again having a gym membership.
Access to a pool:
One of the reasons I picked this particular gym was that I wanted to be able to swim and do some pool running. It wasn’t until after I joined that I realized the pool was not very deep.
Other cardio options:
I have mostly been using the elliptical (there are 2 basic kinds, but I don’t really know the difference) and I just used the Lateral X elliptical once.
I’ve been using the treadmill for my return to running. It’s easier to do run/walk intervals on there plus I’m less tempted to overdo it. Also, I don’t have to worry about hills. It will also be nice this winter to have access to a treadmill if the weather is bad.
The gym is about a 15 minute drive from home without traffic. I go there around 5:30 and finish workout out by 7am. This means I am in my office by 7:30. It saves commute time because I don’t have to worry about traffic.
Maybe I was spoiled at my last gym, but I couldn’t believe that this gym doesn’t offer towels! I am so worried I am going to forget to pack one for my shower. Then my friend (who also goes to this gym) pointed out that she went to another gym that did offer towels, but they were gross. So I guess I won’t complain too much.
Packing and unpacking:
The downside to the gym being close to work is that it’s totally inconvenient to come back home if I forget something. I’m worried something will be wrong with my outfit or I will forget shoes or something like that. So far the only thing I have forgotten is a razor.
I feel like going to the gym creates so much extra laundry because the towels I use sit in my car all day and need to be washed (along with my sweaty clothes) as soon as I get home from work
I forgot how much I dislike gym locker rooms. This gym is never too crowded and the locker room scene could be much worse. But still. i would much rather get ready in my own bathroom.
So as I said, one of the reasons I joined this gym was for the pool. There are only 3 lanes, and it’s not deep. I honestly don’t think I will use it very often but I guess it’s good to have it as an option.
This really shouldn’t be a complaint, but it’s just the nature of the area where I work and go to the gym: I have a garage for gym parking that is closer to my office than my actual work parking garage. I park in the gym garage (which feels safer at that time of morning- it’s right near the entrance to the gym) and they validate a parking pass, but then I need to move my car to the other garage and walk back past the gym to get to work. I guess it’s a bit of an extra workout, right?
So I guess it seems there are more cons than pros of this gym membership, huh? Well, the price is good (like 1/4 of what I was paying at my last gym) so I plan to hold on to it for awhile. As long as I use it at least 1-2 times per week then I will feel like it’s worth it. I know I will appreciate having a gym once we start getting winter weather again.
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Do you have a gym membership? Why or why not?