Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Okay - Today I visited the gym I'm semi-interested in joining. I'll call it Gym 1. I got a tour - there are two pools and a Jacuzzi, plenty of cardio machines, weight machines (which have FitLinxx, which is basically a computerized "trainer" that keeps track of your progress every time you use it), a decent-sized area for free weights, a sauna and classes (most of them you have to pay extra - $3 or $7 per class). For the gym membership, there's a $130 initiation fee, then it's $50 a month. I'd get 2 sessions with a personal trainer, which is included in the I-fee. I don't have to sign a contract, so I can cancel at any time. It's the busiest gym in the area, but the staff member said the crowd dies down at about 6:30pm, which is about what time I'd be going. Another plus: on my way home from work. It's pricey - it would come out to $730 a year. This gym is part of the hospital network, and my mom works for the hospital, so if she joined, I'd get a discounted rate. But that's the problem: she has to join.
Gym 2: It's primarily a gym for serious weight lifting. Freshman year of high school I would go here a few times a week with a friend to use some weight machines, and I just remember an enormous amount of big, scary body builders. It's $40 a month or $380 a year. A session with a personal trainer is $50 (at least it was 8 years ago, not included in your membership. No pool. Right downtown so parking is a bitch.
There's the YMCA - $464 a year or $50 month-to-month. No I-fee. Classes included. Sessions with a personal trainer start at $60 for a two-hour session. If I can remember, the facilities at the YMCA are not too impressive. The whole building is old. The cardio room is small but the weight room isn't bad. And there are a lot of classes to choose from.
It's between gym 1 and the YMCA. Which one would you pick?
Edit: Just so y'all know, I live in a small town, and these ARE my only options for gyms. We're the biggest town within a 45 mile radius, so I don't have much to choose from :)