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A Fitness Center on the Horizon...?

Friday, February 04, 2011

I've been kicking around the idea of the Riverwalk Athletic Center ( ) since it's only a few blocks away from where I work...the convenience factor is HUGE for me! A friend and former co-worker teaches Spinning classes there as well and speaks highly of the management (formerly ran Shamrock Fitness).

The struggle is always around the expense...haven't decided yet...have always been a proponent of keeping it simple when it comes to fitness but after a winter of doldrums and backsliding I'm feeling a need to expand my fitness outlets and avenues.

Going to explore the costs and see what I can find out. I see they have a 14 day free trial running now. Stay tuned...


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OUTDOORGIRL71 2/11/2011 10:22PM


Being it is free for 14 day go for it to see if it is going to work for you and the price is right.

Remember spring is coming and that bike of yours is just itching to go on the long rides you like to take.

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TOPAHI 2/7/2011 11:11AM

    Hey Don,

I don't like being in the gym and the treadmill must be some sort of torture device... but the best thing I ever did for my health was join (and go!).

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MOMOF3NEWYORK 2/6/2011 9:40PM

    I only pay about $30 a month for my gym BUT it's right on my route (where I have to go pick up youngest son). Be SURE it's convenient for you, above all else - otherwise you might find excuses to not go. Other than that, suggest you take the free trial & check it out! good luck!! emoticon emoticon

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EAGLES_WINGS 2/6/2011 7:23AM

    If it keeps you healthy, Don, it is worth it. You have made great strides to get where you are. See if it works for you with the trial. I think the advice others have given has been very good. The other advantage to gym membership is the resources of trainers. You may not have a trainer but they are there and you can ask questions. It is nice to have that option. I know spark has a lot of resources but to have guys there that have your back like that is fantastic at your level of fitness. It would be very exciting I think for you and the companionship would be awesome. When I return to Oneonta, if I ever get out of physical therapy, I hope to go to aquatic classes at the Y there. My sister recommends them and I am looking forward to trying them out. I also, personally, hope some day to get back into an organized yoga class. I am a long way off but someday I might get up to speed. Good luck with it all, Don. Let us know how it turns out for you.

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DAISYBELL6 2/5/2011 7:59PM

    I love having the rec center to go to. Since I am a senior, the cost is reasonable. It really is nice to have all those extra options and a place to go when it is cold and snowy or extremely hot in the summer. For me, the rec center is worth its weight in gold.

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WATERMELLEN 2/5/2011 11:38AM

    I love my gym -- where I've been a member since 1975!! -- and what's to hurt with a 14 day free trial? Grab it!!

Working out with other people is highly movivational, and going to the gym at the same time every day means you'll soon make friends who are also there on your schedule. My gym friends are people self-selected to care about health and fitness -- and all kinda weird since my gym slot is 5:30 a.m.!! I like their quirkiness!!

The cost of my gym membership is so worth it in comparison with other stuff I might spend the money on.

Bottom line: we value what we spend our time and our money on --so one of the clearest indicators of what's important to me is how I spend my time and my money.

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CARRIE1948 2/5/2011 8:50AM

    Go for the free trial. I prefer my own exercise to gyms as evidenced by my new home gym. Will find time soon to blog and put up photos

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DAYHIKER 2/5/2011 8:08AM

    The convenience would be wonderful and it would give you more options! The free two weeks trial sounds like a great opportunity to test it out. I would love to have a fitness center nearby! Heck, I'd love to have ANYTHING nearby!! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 2/5/2011 8:00AM

    i have a membership maily because it has both a gym and a great pool........
good luck with your free trial.........hope it works out ....
blessings and hugs..............lita

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FERRETLOVER1 2/5/2011 7:40AM

    A free trial is a great way to decide if this is something that will work for you, Don. With your high level of dedication, I think you will find the athletic center a good idea, plus you can't beat the convenience!

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MRDPOLING 2/5/2011 5:58AM

    I feel the same way as you do with fitness but a couple weeks ago I finally gave in and joined the Y. Thus far it feels like the perfect fit for me too.

I never thought I would be the kind of guy to enjoy a gym but I do!

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JLITT62 2/5/2011 5:33AM

    Luckily I'm always motivated to exercise. I like gyms -- course they're all different. I don't belong to one presently cause of course, but give it a try! It's free!

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    Don, I'm right there with you. I never joined any kind of organized fitness, and the first couple of years on SparkPeople were all at home or outdoors (on my own) fitness. However, when I got in my slump, not exercising on my own and gaining, I just knew that I needed some help to get my focus back. Joining the bootcamp classes has definitely helped me because I know I have to make it there and get my money's worth. I know of so many tales of people having gym memberships and not using them, but maybe for those of us for whom paying for fitness is a new thing, we're not so apt to let it slide. Plus, I know that I push myself harder around others and will do things I wouldn't normally do because I'm in class. I still don't think I'd join a gym because it's still cost prohibitive for me, but the bootcamp classes fit right into my budget and works out nicely. I hope you find the same is true for the athletic center. That's great that you have the free trial to see if it'll work for you.

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NURSEGIBSON 2/5/2011 12:09AM

    Interesting - thanks for that link, Don. We were just talking today on our unit about the local gyms and how bad American Fitness is now. Alot of people work out at Planet Fitness but that is not close to home for me. The best would be Court Jester but it is a bit pricey there. I didn't know about Riverwalk or the free 2 weeks. I'm not too far away at BGH.

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FRECKS96 2/4/2011 11:30PM

    I think I'm going to give the 2 week trial a go too. Can't hurt!

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STARDUSTD 2/4/2011 11:28PM

  Even if you decide you can't/don't want to make the financial commitment at this time, go ahead and take advantage of that 2 week trial! Maybe that would be even be enough to help kick the winter doldrums ?

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SCOTTK3000 2/4/2011 11:26PM

    sounds like a worthwhile thing to check out!

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VALERIEMAHA 2/4/2011 11:12PM

    Well, I would think it's a *no-brainer* to take'em up on the free trial! And use your best negotiation skills to get a great price for membership if you resonate with the place during the trial. Check other centers for prices...put the pressure on...tell'em you will join the other facility (if their prices are better). I think it's a great idea. And it IS simple, 'cause it's near work.

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ANNIEMAC_98 2/4/2011 11:09PM

    My husband and I just joined a gym yesterday. I also struggled with the cost, but I decided I've wasted money on worse things and this is for my health. What could be more important?! You don't usually have to join long term and maybe it would just give you a boost through the winter.

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