I had to give up Curves when I switched jobs and my hours didn't work with theirs, but I loved it when I did it. I've actually been a regular at two different ones over the years. One had a really great staff that was really supportive and the other one was just sort of there. The thing is though that usually they are small enough that you get to know the women that workout at the same time as you and that can help. If nothing else you get the "where were you on _____" if you miss your regular time.
That being said, if you can't afford it, I would check with your local parks and rec to see if they have a gym membership. Often that will get you good equipment without the cost being as high. I think the parks and rec I have now was $190 for the full year, but they had smaller increments as well and I can take my tween with me so she can work out too.
The main thing you need though seems to be the accountability to get you to do it rather than the equipment. I would suggest joining or starting a walking group or something along those lines so that you have something to help motivate you and keep you accountable.
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6,508 9/1/13 3:24 P
Some Insurance Plans will at least partially cover a Gym Membership. You might check to see if Curves is included on your Insurance Plan. It is usually Not Crowded at Curves, and if you get one with a Great Staff, they will Encourage and Motivate you No End. You will Learn to Love your Workout!! All that being said, and with a Disclaimer that I LOVE CURVES, you do NOT Have To Join A Gym. Treat your Workout/Fitness Time as an Appointment that is Non Negotiable. Show up for your workout -- even if it is in your own Living Room -- as faithfully as if it were a Paying Job. In a sense, it IS a "Paying Job" -- You Get Paid in Better Health, More Strength & Endurance, More Energy, Less Pain, and Stronger Bones.
While I agree you don't need a gym to get a good workout....I joined planet fitness a few months ago and I love it. It's only $10 per month for the basic and $20 per month for the black card. It was such a great investment and I love the push I feel working out around others.
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337 8/28/13 1:35 P
Some of those gyms can run about $500 a year! Let's say at $37 mon/ x's 12 mon that's $ 444 .They make it seem so cheap, but there are activation fees also. Some do offer "Non Member "classes, but even at $5 a class times 2 X's a week can run you more than the monthly fee!! The workout at home are endless, you do not need a gym, especially if it's Not in your budget.
I am not a fan of curves either. You need to find it in yourself to want to work out buying a membership will not help with that. Usually libraries have workout dvds that you can use. Try one of those. But until you have the will to workout nothing will get you going.
paying for a gym will not make you go. You have to find it in YOURSELF to get the will power to do the exercise if that's what you want to do.
personally, I didn't like Curves. They were very pushy with their way of doing things, and I didn't like that.
You can use your own body weight for exercises too.
Look on youtube for some ideas.
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I already have two 5lb weights and a resistance band. I'm just having trouble making myself exercise this past month. I am tracking, weighing and measuring. I even have a food scale to weigh foods. I track religiously. I'm always right around 1200 calories, but I know it'll help to exercise as well.
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9,689 8/26/13 9:22 P
Honestly, because you're under financial strain, I would skip the gym entirely. You don't need one to lose weight. You can compose a completely free (or low cost) program with no or limited equipment. A set of resistance bands is completely versatile, and usually costs less than $20.
If you're not already exercising regularly, there's no real reason signing a contract will spur you to do so.
While exercise helps weight loss, it's really about the food you eat. If you are overeating, you'll have trouble losing weight, even if you exercise. Are you tracking, weighing and measuring accurately? Or are you guessing at what you're entering (or not tracking at all, and just "watching" what you eat?)
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381 8/26/13 8:55 P
I need my motivation "sparked" again. It took me a little over 4 1/2 months to lose 50lbs. I really started slowing my weight loss down because I still can't get into the swing of regularly exercising. Because of a rare illness, I can only work part time and therefore am strapped for cash (with my cell phone, car payment, insurance, gas, food, etc). I also suffer from social anxiety disorder. I don't just WANT to keep going on my journey - I NEED to. I called Curves today to check prices. They wouldn't give prices when my call was returned, but want to give me a free consultation. Is anyone at Curves currently? Do you like the workouts? What are the prices like? I checked online and they don't talk about the prices you'd pay WITHOUT the meal plans and coaching. I can't afford the 52 a month. Other places online say prices vary by how much it costs to lease the place. I wonder if they have student discounts (I'm in school full time as well). Anyone know how much it costs and if they like their Curves location? I'm nervous and hope it's not too crowded as well as reasonably priced. I like the idea there's no pressure of guys watching my fat flab in the wind.
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