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DEMIGIRLIE Posts: 76
1/2/13 6:51 A

I have belonged to every gym out there....and ended up at the YMCA and LOVE IT!
It's very family oriented, which was important to me. Many classes are offered and included in the cost of membership - which, yes, is a bit higher but with all the amenities - pool, towels, cardio, weights, on-site trainers you can ask questions of and the classes - PLUS child care for free! It was and is a no-brainer for me.

Not sure what you mean about "questionable clientele"....it's real family oriented where I go....I've not seen anyone I'd call questionable and trust me, I ive very near Minneapolis LOL

HEALER1 Posts: 1,145
1/2/13 6:41 A

Ditto what Bubble said-- trial each one and select the one you are most comfortable and offers what you want.

You will end up not going if it is not convenient or you don't like the choices offered, or are uncomfortable with the clientele.

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1/2/13 4:40 A

One that is 24 hours - that leaves you in control not someone else! Holidays, weekends, late nights...it's always open! I'll never go to a normal gym ever again! :)

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,821
1/2/13 2:21 A

Most gyms will give you a 7 day trial. I would do that at all 3 gyms and at the end of the 3 weeks make your decision.

DVDIAMOND SparkPoints: (625)
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1/1/13 10:27 P

Go to the gym you feel most comfortable at, that also has everything you need. Being nearby wont mean anything if you do not like going there. My gym is 25 minutes away and I love it. It is my home. It has everything I need and I love the staff and I have made a lot of friends. There is a nice gym 5 minutes from my home, but I do not like it all that much. I did a 30 day trial and I hardly went.

SPAQUEEN2012 SparkPoints: (10,458)
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1/1/13 9:07 P

I have been on/off with the gym for many years. I know that convenience is major -- if it takes alot of time (which most of us don't have) to get there, it probably won't work. But you also have to be comfortable. Most of our gyms now offer a free week for you to try it out. I would do a week at each one to see what works for you.

As for me, I am still paying for the gym, but doing most of my exercise at home. I used to go in the mornings but once you stop getting up at 4:35 am to get there, it gets really easy to not get up. I now get up at 4:55 and walk for an hour outside with my dog. I have started doing Spark People videos for strength training. I was more impressed than I thought I would be. I do have dumbbells and a balance ball at home.

Good luck! emoticon

MAJ1023 SparkPoints: (101)
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1/1/13 9:01 P

Hi all!
I need to get back into going to the gym but I now work on the opposite end of town and my old gym is no longer a feasible option. I have three options:

1) female only gym that is self serve ( you
Get a key and come and go as you please), this is about ten minutes from work but seems more geared toward classes which I will most likely not take.
2) local ymca that may or may not have some questionable
Clientele but is located also about ten minutes from
Work, but hours are not as convenient
3) a gym that is about 20 minutes from work but offers everything my old gym offered.

Right now I am looking at going from 615-715 am on my three work days and one weekend day. However none of the options particularly thrill me!

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