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REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (35,936)
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1/14/12 11:01 A

Understand your frustration- not so many at my gym. They didn't drop the price like at others- it was a cheap rate for a limited time then smack the normal price on- this is were people whom are not serious usually disappear... I think management got alot of complaints it takes the staff ages to cancel a membership lol..
My gym does a customer satisification thingie over the internet- I named this among other things that flipped me off and is not okay..
I have been paying full rate for years- why should new people get the same rights almost free?

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 1/14/2012 (11:09)
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1/14/12 12:33 A

I joined 1/2/12

1/13/12 8:52 P

I suppose our family are part of those "resolutionists" since we joined our gym 1/3. However, it's also the best time financially to join a gym. We actually held out several months waiting for the first to save the money that did from the New Years specials. Doesn't make us fickle, just smart.

As for times, I usually go after work about 3:30 pm M-TH, 9:15 am on F-Sat. Neither time is overwhelmingly busy. However, my husband goes after work about 5:30, and has difficulty finding parking it's so packed!

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1/13/12 7:40 P

I workout during the afternoon, at lunch time. It is really never crowded at that time of the day.. yes, there are some new faces, but never crowded.

However, in the morning and at night it is full, with waiting lines for the showers even. I was a newbie a few months ago, so I feel fine about all those persons trying to change their lives.

VPGIRL06 Posts: 942
1/13/12 4:50 P

I try to think positively about these members-they are trying to make their lives better (a majority of us once started out as 'revolutionists) AND it helps the gym and the trainers to have new members coming in. I am friends with a lot of trainers and fitness class coaches, and it is really nice for them to have new clients coming in who may have the potential to change their lives that year.

BUT I definitly understand the frustration. I would say that if you can't try to go when other people aren't there (usually between 7:30-9:00, then again from 10:30-12, then theres a long stretch between 2-5pm, and usually right before a gym closes) then try to talk to the front desk. They are very aware of the rush that happens during this time of year, and may have some helpful hints or suggestions.

OR you can take it as a chance to do something different! Perhaps there is a class you can start taking, or a machine you've never tried before that is open during these peak hours-this can be a chance to add variety by checking out what IS available during these times, and trying something new.

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1/13/12 1:08 A

I work out between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. not many people in my gyms at that time, even less out running, but that is because those times to not work out well for most people.

I noted that at three different gyms people started coming in about 4:30 a.m. and then there was a bit of a lul between about 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m as the pre-work people completed and be for the people off for the day came out.

Good running and be Careful out there

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1/12/12 6:53 P

My gym doesn't seem to be particularly busy between 1-4 or after 730pm. so those are the times I try to go.

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1/12/12 6:18 P

I go at 5 in the morning! Stupid I know, but it really is less crowded at that time.

SHARBEAR100 Posts: 100
1/12/12 5:52 P

My gym is always busy, but Friday evenings are usually pretty good. I would imagine Saturday and Sunday evenings are too. Other than that, the later in the day the better. A lot of people go straight from work and start clearing out around 7 - 8.

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1/12/12 3:24 P

I find the least crowded times are when the gym opens and about an hour or so before they close. Mondays are always the worst, but by the end of the week, it is virtually empty.

I enjoy going to the gym. It gives me a chance to get out of the house and to have time to myself, even if it is with other people... I know that sounds strange, but I don't like the idea of training at home. When I am at the gym no one bothers me. They are all wrapped up in their awesomeness to notice me or even care, and I like that.

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1/12/12 1:08 P

Save your money, train at home when you want to and in whatever degree of deshabille you choose. Save money also by not having to buy all those cute gym outfits. Back some time ago I create a post on a frugal home gym which can be found here on Spark. Since then I have added to the mix a suspension (TRX type) training system which added just under $50..00 to the cost of my home equipment. In it simplest form a home gym needs nothing more than a good set of handled resistance bands with door anchor and an adjustable swivel handled jump rope. Call it your gym in a sock drawer.

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1/12/12 12:59 P

One of the reasons I ditched the gym membership is having to wait in line for a machine. Other major reason was having to prepare a bag, and having to travel to the gym. The overhead of working out in a gym is tremendously high in my opinion. So I decided to workout at home. I bought myself a middle sized elliptical. I could have bought a threadmill, but I was fearing for my knees. Now I could literally workout in my underwear! It takes me 5 minutes from realizing that I need to workout till I am on the machine. It already paid itself off by now with the money saved from gym membership. Next, I bought a mountain bike, every sunday I go out to the mountain trails with the friends from the local cycling club, and burn a few thousand calories in about 4 hours. It will pay itself off pretty soon too. I am already thinking of how I could accommodate some strength training equipment at home.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 1/12/2012 (13:01)
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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 17,405
1/12/12 11:47 A

LOL Zorbs!

I am one of those housewives.... 9:30 every Mon Wed & Fri. We are the most loyal of people with the vast majority of us being there for 3+ years. (gym opened 4 years ago).

My gym is PACKED right after it opens at 5:30... too many people crammong in a workout before work. The spinning class always has a waiting list, and you cannot get any cardio machine.

Our "resolutionists" (I like that!) are in the evening.

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1/11/12 6:53 P

9 am is when all the housewives are there..they are the worst type of resolutionists.

Go at 5 or 6 am.

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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 17,405
1/11/12 5:29 P

meh... they'll be gone by February!

�We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.�
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"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock

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SPOORK Posts: 1,193
1/11/12 5:23 P

Go later in the evening (after 7:30 or 8).

MSGNOME Posts: 555
1/11/12 4:19 P

They'll give up soon!

SWIRLIE123 Posts: 65
1/11/12 4:11 P

i hear ya! my gym is PACKED now. i have been going later in the evening, about 715-730p and that is about the time that it starts thinning out. give it 3 weeks, it'll slow down. those resolutions will be broken and the short timers will start coming less. (i'm trying real hard not to be a gym snob)

Edited by: SWIRLIE123 at: 1/11/2012 (16:34)
JENMC14 Posts: 2,711
1/11/12 4:05 P

I would imagine that after work hours, lunch times and just before work hours are the busiest. If you're able, you may want to try odd, middle of the day type times like 9 am or 2 pm.

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1/11/12 3:34 P

i am assuming that most gyms have the same problem... there are a rush of people going to the gym after new years because of all of the resolutions. my gym is 24 hours during the week and is always completely packed now. Does anyone have any ideas what are good times of the day to go to the gym when its overly crowded like this? SO FRUSTRATING! The people that work there are not being very helpful for giving me helpful hours where it is least busy. I can't imagine cities across the united states are that much different as far as the least busy hours are. Thank you!

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