For me, it's necessary but I had to find a way to make it work.
I used to belong to the Y and dropped it when money got tight.
I went four years without a gym & my fitness level (esp. strength) dropped. I couldn't get the same level of workout at home as I did in the gym.
Joined PF a couple years ago because I could justify it in our family's budget- only $10/month. I'm an independent exerciser & don't like classes so it was a perfect fit. My fitness level has skyrocketed. My husband has recently joined too, so our total outlay is $20/month.
For me, at least, going to the gym is like a pleasant part-time job. I schedule the time in advance, make a commitment to go, and work my butt off when I'm there. I have trouble doing that at home.
I also really appreciate the variety of equipment - keeps it feeling fresh.
.... now, I would LOVE to have a personal trainer. That's on my list for (hopefully) next winter but I'll have to switch gyms to do it and make a much larger financial commitment. For now, the financial concerns outweigh that desire even though I know it would make a HUGE difference in pushing my fitness levels forward.
| Pounds lost: 32.0