Saturday, July 28, 2012
So, it was hot and I was getting bored with walking a few weeks ago, so I decided to look into gyms. I knew that I was going to sign up, come winter time, but needed to change things up now, so I started looking earlier then expected.
Some of the things I wanted in a gym: later hours, training, lots of cardio, cheap price, friends
We have some really good gyms within 2 miles of my house. 4 total, plus a YMCA. I knew about them all. First one was Fitworks. I was a member 5 years ago. It is what you expect a big gym to be like in a suburban neighborhood. Like a Bally's. I wasn't won over. I wanted something new. Something fun. Second and third were basic gyms, nothing fancy. Fourth was Fitness 19, the newer gym in town. Everyone was signing up there, but I didn't love it. It was "eh". I would go, but wouldn't be driven to go there. The Y was to expensive in my neighborhood. I didn't want to work out with a bunch of suburban soccer mom's and exercise junkie guys. I wanted somewhere I fit in. None of the places called to me. Then I posted about it on Facebook. Casually asking where people liked to go. One of my friends posted about a new gym, Planet fitness.
I decided to read up about it. It was a little farther away then I would have normally looked (about 7 miles). It has tons of cardio, trainers work on the floor and help everyone. I read about the package, 20/month gets me gym and access to tanning beds, water massage beds and a red light therapy bed. They are open late. I also get a guest pass every single day to bring a friend. They are all about acceptance and no judgement. I went for a site tour of the property. The second I walked in I felt home. I knew it was the gym for me. It has a purple/yellow color scheme, so it is comforting walking right in the door. It has statements all over the walls about "judgement free zone" and "you are in the right place". There are all sorts of rules about not being able to work out in just sports bras and cut up shirts. I signed up that day and never looked back.
I love it. I am feeling stronger and even looking tanner. I feel soo perfect there. I have always felt out of place at other gyms. Like "what is the fat girl doing in a gym? Doesn't she know she's fat and this is for skinny people?" Not here. I am right where I am suppose to be. The people at the desk are great. The people who work out there are shaped like me! I bring a guest every time I go. They love it too. Two of my cousins signed up there. My brother goes with me all the time. The machines are great. New and fun. It has been about 3 weeks and I am still going strong. I am wearing my Planet Fitness shirt right now, just came home from doing some cardio.
This year has been filled with moments that I really think have put me on the right track in life. This is one of them. I guess I am now a gym girl. Who knew that would ever happen, not me! That still sounds weird to me!
Off to the movies! Have a great weekend everyone!