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To Join a Gym or Not...


Monday, October 07, 2013

I don't know why this decision is giving me fits but it is!

I got rid of all my workout equipment (weights, bands, tower) when I downsized for my move. I didn't think I'd have room for it and I was right. Unfortunately, I haven't done any sort of strength training in two months...not good! There's a small fitness room at my apartment that has weights and some cardio machines but I have yet to set foot in there.

There are two or three gyms close by that have ALL the good stuff...tons of equipment, machines, a variety of classes and an indoor pool. I haven't toured any of them and I guess that will make some difference seeing them in person. The thing is, I have been known to overlook things when making important decisions. For example, my new apartment has a tiny bath/toilet area that I swear I don't remember being as tiny as it is...how could I overlook that? I call it the motel six bathroom. Other than that, I like my new place.

What is a way to avoid this happening when joining a gym? Bring a written check list? I don't want to get locked into a membership that I'm not happy with after 'reality' sets in.

Fall weather is right around the corner, even in Texas, and I know there will be days when I don't feel like lacing up my shoes and hitting the running trails so it will be nice to have the indoor option. I can change into workout clothes before I leave my job and just go straight to the gym...at least that's my plan.

I haven't belonged to a gym in over 10 years, having done well working out at home, and even then it was an all women's gym. What do you look for in a gym? What should I be aware of when signing up?

Thanks for reading! Happy Monday!
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FITWITHIN 10/8/2013 12:30AM

    Look for trial memberships and go at different times and get a vibe of the atmosphere. How is the staff with assisting you to become familiar with the equipment. Are the hours of the gym doable to what your schedule is. Is there a additional fee for the classes that are offered? The cleanliness of the gym and equipment in good working order. When you tour the gym do you see a lot of Out Of Order signs on the equipment. How flexible is the membership? Good luck in finding the right fit for you at the gym.

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REALLY_ROBIN 10/7/2013 1:26PM

  I would ask them to give you a week or two trial memebership so you can see if you use it, and see what your pet peeves are about the place before you sign up. And heck if there are three gyms near you...you can get it free for a month and half! My pet peeves about my gym...on some of the weight machines they go up way to much in weight to get to the next level. On most it's like 15 pounds. The other....they aren't good about keeping their machines in good working order....and it's always a bunch of excuses. So try lots of different machines to make sure most of the stuff is working great.

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DEEGANA 10/7/2013 1:15PM

    I would check out both of the gyms and see if they will give you a trial week long pass

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