So I am the person that would much rather diet than work out but I really want to enjoy being active and I know I need to get in shape to do that. Anywho, I have been wanting to join a gym for awhile. I work in Downtown Minneapolis and live in the Uptown area so there are a lot of options. When searching the web I realized that a lot of Gyms have free trials, no money down. Well even if I decide I can't afford it I may as well go for free and get some exercise that way. I made a plan to go to all of the gyms in the area that offer the free trial. That way maybe I will start liking it and feel the money is justified.
For starters I am doing the YMCA. (The free trial is listed on thier national website, so maybe one in your area will give you a free trial, check it out www.ymca.net
.) YMCA gives you 3 times (to use within 10 days). They take you for a tour and then give you the pass. Membership for adult is $60, however most insurance companies will pay $20 a month if you go 12 times... So that = only $40 a month! I also found out that the regular $150 joiners fee is also covered by my ins. company Medica, so yours may cover it too,
"Its fun to stay at the YMCA"
I went last night, had my gym bag with me, cause I wanted to get on this right away. I got the tour and the staff member asked if I was planning on working out tonight. I told her yes, she gave me the pass and said that we wont punch it for tonight then (so I actually get to go 4 times instead of 3). YMCA was nice enough, I mean its a Gym... I can't really see myself taking any classes, but maybe when I am more fit.
Okay so I really haven't been to a gym in a long time. When did the treadmills get Ipod hook ups and cable tv's connected.? It was awesome! I listened to my ipod which i could see the playlist on the treadmill screen and at the same time watched VH1 on mute with CC. They really want you to go to the gym! A few of the other pieces of equiptment had it too, but it made me not want to venture past the treadmill.
Again being that I havent been to a gym in a long time, I forgot about locker rooms. It was bad enough in high school... but here grown woman must love walking around buck naked. I know part of it is that I am insecure with my body but also there is only one person that I want to see me naked and he isnt in the womens locker room.
I had such a good time, I made myself get out of bed early and go before work today. It was an energetic start to the day. Only downside was I was a tad late to work, it took longer to shower and blow dry than I expected. I didn't even know they would have blow dryers or hair gel.
So I have 2 more times at the Y which I plan on using next week Tuesday and Wednesday. I think YWCA will be next, just so I can finally understand the difference.