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12/5/13 2:11 P

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Different locations of even the same franchise will be different, you're better off research the gyms near you to see how they match up against your needs.

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12/5/13 2:01 P

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What is your reason for joining a gym? That is a key to your decision making not a specific brand. What do you want from a gym membership? The prices vary with what is offered. If you are a self motivator you can get very fit without any form of gym membership and save the money spent on the gym for other things you enjoy. You also can avoid the hassle of scheduling time and making the logistical adjustments required for getting you and all your gear to the gym. Figure if you are going to do just a short thirty minute workout at a gym it can actually demand and hour and a half of your time to get there, get ready, workout, recover, redress and get back home.

There are many resources available which will help you get fit on your own. An excellent place to start is to get and read "Your Are Your Own Gym" by Mark Lauren.


It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

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12/5/13 7:59 A

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Use the free 7-day passes that most gyms have to find the right one for you. It really depends on what you're looking for in a gym.

I go to a Gold's Gym and I love it because it offers a lot of classes.
I have a good friend who likes Planet Fitness because it is $10/month and bare bones. (Planet Fitness just got bought by Gold's in my area, but they say they are going to keep PF the way it was.)
My mom used to like going to Curves because it was easier and women-only.

Good luck with your decision!



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12/4/13 8:29 P

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I will share my experience at my city's community center. I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, which is't anywhere near the size of the NYC area but I imagine you have community centers. I have been using it for 6 years and working there the last 4 years. It isn't fancy but I love it because I feel like our customers are real people. I have made great friends and enjoy the equipment and classes. The membership and class fees are very reasonable.




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12/4/13 7:09 P

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I'm on the other coast and don't know which gyms are in your area.. but this should help:

8 Things to Consider When Choosing a Gym
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=450

Most gyms offer a free day or week pass, so try a few local ones and see which fit your needs.

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12/4/13 2:11 P

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USA people only ---- I am looking at going to a gym but dont know which one to go to. I live in New York (on long island) I dont know if the gyms where i live at are where you guys live at?

If you go to a gym, share what gym it is here and why you chose that gym...

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