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Joining a Different Gym to Try Something New


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I've always liked Planet Fitness. From the machines and facilities to the yellow/purple motif and tootsie rolls, it was a place I enjoyed going...when I could get myself to go. I've never been consistent, but working out at PF has definitely helped me to achieve my current weight. Unfortunately, it might be time for us to say good-bye.

I saw my dietician Lise a few weeks before Christmas, and we discussed a few different things. How much weight I'd lost, how I should focus on eating more seafood and whole grains, and of course, the big problem for me: exercise. Lise prefers to say I need "to move" instead of "to exercise", but for me, it still means the same thing-getting off my butt and somehow burning calories in a way that doesn't bore me to tears. No, I don't mind the actual exercise so much any more, but no matter how much I tell myself I love the treadmill, or how easy it is to use, or what music I choose for my iPod....it's still walking. And it's still kind of boring. Not always, but for five days a week?
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So we talked about how I could divide a thirty-minute workout among three different machines, and that sounded OK. Then somehow, "Zumba" came up, so we talked about that for a little while. I've kind of secretly wanted to try Zumba for a while. It sounds like fun, and everyone I know or have heard of who's tried it seems to love it.

So a few days after Christmas I decided to look into Zumba classes- see where they were in my area, and how much they cost. They're pretty expensive! I'm looking for a full-time job right now, so I really don't want to pay $35-50 per month for a class. Then I decided to look at The Edge, a fitness center which is only five minutes away from my home. You have to be a member to take the classes, but for the first year, it's only $19.99 a month--and not only do you get unlimited Zumba classes, but you can take other types of classes, too--spinning, yoga, kick-boxing, etc.--plus there's the gym itself, where the treadmill and I can resume our love/hate relationship.

I decided it was too good to pass up, especially when sign-up is only $12 until December 31st. It is a little sad to leave my other gym, though. Not only did I really like it, but I only paid about $10/month (another reason I loved PF). But you can't judge a gym solely in terms of $$, the same way you can't judge your health only by what you read on the scale.

So I signed up for The Edge today, and without missing a beat, I also reserved a spot in tonight's Zumba class. (Some classes require reservations, some don't.) I'm really hoping I enjoy it, and that I can keep up OK. If I like it and would do it again, I'll officially cancel my PF membership tomorrow.

I was telling my mom about The Edge, and she seemed pretty interested. She was saying she might think about joining, too! Not that she has pounds to shed--she's very lean--but of course it would be healthy for her to exercise (or "move", as Lise would say). I don't think she's too crazy about the Zumba idea, but maybe we could do cardio machines or a Yoga class together? I like doing things with my mom, so if she joined me at the gym, that would definitely be an added bonus.
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