Thoughts on Joining a Gym

by Lisa on Thursday: Sep 19, 2013

After re-evaluating where I am in my goals for the year, I knew I needed to make some sort of drastic change in order to get my fitness goals on track. I felt like I’d been trying and failing over and over again for so long now that I didn’t know if anything would work. But one thing that’s been on my mind, and something that D and I have discussed a lot, is finding some group fitness classes to take. Notably: Zumba. I love playing my Zumba Wii games and dancing is something I’ve enjoyed my entire life.

Then, I began thinking that if I’m going to sign up for fitness classes and pay a fee to attend, why not take that money and join a full gym that offers classes as part of a membership?

I’ve talked before about my current workout options: Wii games, the office gym, my old apartment gym (which obviously isn’t an option anymore, even though it was never a great option to begin with). But this is something I’ve NEVER tried. I’ve never actually belonged to a gym. The office gym works out okay, but it’s small and there’s something that makes me very self conscious about working out with my co-workers. I would rather just work out in my own little world without worrying about socializing. I really am a bit of an introvert.

After researching some options in the area, I found an all women’s gym across the street from my office. It doesn’t get more convenient than that for location purposes. I went after work on Tuesday and signed up for a week-long free trial. I stayed there that night and worked out for an hour, getting a feel for the machines and seeing what they have to offer. I caught some glimpses of classes that were going on during my time there, and one looked INTENSE and another looked very fun. They do offer Zumba and also spinning (something else I’ve thought about trying), and also have personal trainers and nutritionists on staff.

It feels like a big change for me and will mean I’m spending a lot more time out of the house and working out. However, it kind of feels like the right decision. I want change and this might help me get there.

Plus, I can try to learn to run on the treadmills there without completely embarrassing myself in front of people I work with!

Do you belong to a gym? If so, what convinced you to bite the bullet and sign up?

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6 Responses to “Thoughts on Joining a Gym”

  1. i used to have a gym membership but honestly it always felt like such a hassle to go after work. i also tried a couple of groupons for classes and have found that i like that MUCHHHH better.

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  2. Thanks so much for joining the TNT hop! Nice to have you!

    I was a member of a gym several years ago. They had some fun classes and I loved them. I went maybe 4 days a week. Unfortunately over time the fun classes changed and became really intense work outs aimed at 20 or 30 somethings. The problem was that I am not 20 or 30 years old. I like a nice work out, but have to be concerned about my joints and can’t do a lot of jumping, etc. I haven’t found fun classes in my area since.

  3. I can’t wait to hear about the gym! I have never had a gym membership, but I really want to join Spooky Nook :)

  4. I actually belong to two gyms (don’t ask) but end up working out most of the time at home. At least lately! Now that the weather is cooling off I tend to go to the gym more often since working out in my backyard or going for a run just doesn’t seem desirable. I really like my gym though and even though I’m not there all the time I like that I have the option!

  5. Meagan says:

    That gym sounds like the perfect fit for you! I have never had a membership to a gym, but I went to the gym on campus a lot when I was in college. I had a guy friend that I went with, which made me feel comfortable. Otherwise I would have felt so out of place with all of the intense guys lifting and stuff. I have never ever done an exercise class, but it is something I am really interested in. There is an Anytime Fitness opening up about 20 minutes from our house, and I cannot wait for their grand opening because I am hoping for some kind of free trial :)

  6. Shannon says:

    I signed up for a gym, because I could put my children in the nursery and have an hour to myself! This was a great motivational tool to get me off my butt. I ended up going 3x’s a week. I also joined a challenge group, which motivated me even more. Once I got into a routine – it was great. The kids looked forward to going to the gym. They got play time and I got an hour’s break!

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