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1/14/08 5:45 P

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Yeah I found that running on the treadmill forces me to stick to a pace - the wierd thing is that I was actually faster outside when I ran on Sunday but I am sure that I would not have run for as long as I did before a walkbreak had I not trained on the treadmill over the last month. I haven't got room for a treadmill in the home and to be honest it bores me witless ( not to mention the fact that I get to watch myself run) so I'll make the most of my three month break.

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Good for you! I say if it keeps you running, it can't be all that bad - LOL!

I love the gym, but this winter, it has really helped me to keep running. I'm doing a 10k training program to kill time until Spring weather returns.

Running on the treadmill has its challenges, but one thing it has helped me with is to run faster. When I'm outside, it seems like I hold back a bit. On the treadmill, I have to keep up with the machine!

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1/14/08 12:58 P

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Thought I'd update you guys with whats happenned.

November was a bit grim weatherwise and by December 1st it was had raining for two weeks, the grouns was soaking and it's blowing a gale. So I joined the local gym - it's 10 minutes walk away from my house for three months.
I have to say they have been great - I wasn't given a pussyfooting tour - I was given a real workout and the training I've done has maintained my fitness so far over winter and made me faster. I will can it in Spring but I think I'll rejoin next year!

One advantage I found was that running on a treadmill starts to break that walking break habit you develop as a mature rookie runner!

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Almost all gyms , at least in my area are going month to month and the holiday specials are already starting. Finally they are opening some new ones.

But yes it depends on what you get out of it. If all you do is run, save up for a treadmill. But if you like the variety and its convenient, then i would give it a try at a month to month place. You can always cancel or freeze your membership if they allow it.

I've gone almost every day at the gym I liked, and 3 times a week at the gym I don't care for.

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I belong to the Y, which I love. It's month to month, so no long term commitments. My health insurance gives me a discount if I go 12 times a month (which is usually a motivator, except for these last 2 months when I've been in an exercising slump). There is a wide variety of people there, so it's not just skinny plasticy uber fit members.

I'm going to try to run outdoors this winter, but it's nice to have the gym as a backup, in case there's a blizzard or it's 30 below F.

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11/9/07 11:11 A

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Bit late on this thread but I love my gym membership. Like Lybbe and TORONTOGAL, I'm a member of GoodLife and the DW and I go 3x week. Having rediscovered my love of biking this summer I'm at spin once/twice a week as well as my regular squash night. And I do ST there too, and the TM if I must. We have discounted membership as Katia works for the Government which makes it easy on the wallet!

Personally, a very important thing with gym membership is convenience. It could be an all-singin-all-dancing gym, but if it's totally out of the way then you're not going to make best use of it...

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11/7/07 3:39 P

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I did a 3-month membership with 24 which ended up being about $50/month. I only go when my friend will go with me, but I figure it's about the same cost per month as a movie and lunch out a few times.

There's also a limited day plan that I might look into come next year -- I think it's even cheaper.

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11/7/07 1:14 P

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Most gyms have specials around the first of the year, or for instance 24 hour has a program when Biggest Loser is filming on TV to get people in. Talk with an advisor and see if you can maybe pay for a few months at a time for a price decrease. Remember, most gyms make money because people stop going after Feb, so that may be a good time too.

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11/7/07 12:21 P

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Okay - I've had a look around but it's 8 miles away which means that I'm very unlikely to use it at weekends and It may be a real affort to fit it in during the week. So I started thinking that maybe I should check out my local gym in town where I used to go. There's no steam room but the saunas are single sex - ( which can be important to fully relax!). It's 10 minutes walk. I can run there on crappy english rainy days and use the treadmill in the morning much like going out for a run now. ( I have to check what time they open though as I need to be back before 7:30am..) And although I don't get the tax break I can still sell my holidays to pay for it.
The health check thing didn;'t swing it for me - the only thing I can't do at home is a lung function test - I don't see that it's worth 126.

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11/7/07 9:52 A

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Well, that's the best thing to do, to try it out. I have to say that if I did not have my gym membership, I would not workout very regularly. So for me, I had to find the most inexpensive but practical option. I NEED the gym.

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I'm having a look in today. It's further from home than I would like but it is more or less on the way to and fro work. I love saunas and steam and would jump at the chance to do that more regularly - at the moment I have to go to the Turkish Baths in Harrogate which are very very lovely ( check out the interiors on the web) but also 10 miles away and 15 ($30). I don't go as much as I would like! There is a tax break on the membership and I also get a free healthcheck as part of the deal.

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Even though I love running outside, I still use the gym to get my runs in when the weather sucks. I also use the TM at the gym to do a lot of my speed work, intervals and hill workouts.

Right now I'm doing most of my ST at home, but eventually I will need heavier wgts and will end up doing my ST at the gym also.

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DBUCKALEW - monotony? I figure if people are doing the same thing every time there would be monotony, but otherwise it really would break the monotony of strength training at home.

I don't have a gym membership, but I do work with a trainer at a gym (now once per month). Things get shaken up frequently! I also have dumbbells, a stability ball and now even a medicine ball at home and use both magazines/books and DVDs to workout. Sometimes I think I'd like to join a gym just so I'd be able to workout with others; maybe when I start using barbells more.

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I am not a gym member... I just think the monotony would be too much.

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11/6/07 3:52 P

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I have been a gym rat for a very long time. I really like the gym for my non running days when I can take spinning and pilates classes. I like the cardio equipment for cross training and bigges advantage when it is raining or extremely cold. I am a big wuss when it gets cold. Gyms are only as good as you think you will use them.

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Torontogal - I joined 5 years ago after my daughter had a baby and wanted company. I figured I might as well go for the big output up front so that my fees will never change. I was terrified of going, and afraid that I'd lose interest and quit going - but I have had more than my money's worth. There are two regular locations and one women's only near my house - so there's always a class running at a convenient time for me. Went this morning and used the treadmill, weights and sauna. Love it love it love it!

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11/6/07 2:11 P

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I love 24 hour! Thinking about working there as a matter of fact. It's really great being able to decide at 3 in the morning (really did that. Got ready, went down, saw the frost, went back to bed) and run or lift. They were really great about freezing my account when I had surgery so that I didn't have to pay for months that I wasn't using. I actually got the three year deal when it was on sale. It worked out to about 15 a month, which since moderate exercise helps with illness, is less than a copay. You can also use that membership at any 24 hour nation wide. Great if you travel!

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11/6/07 1:57 P

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Here in Texas I am more likely to use the gym in the summer than the winter. The summer heat here is absolute scorching while the winters are very mild and perfect for outdoor exercise. I have had a membership at 24 hour Fitness for nearly 4 years now. I have had a few months here and there when I didn't use it but for the most part I have kept with it. I love that they are open 24/7 even though I usually am there when most others are as well. I like having access to the trainers, swimming sauna/steam room & whirlpool. I also going to the group classes. My employer also reimbursed up to $240 for wellness expenses during the year. Next year though I will have 2 gym memberships - 1 on site at work and the 24 Hour Fitness close to home. I will miss out on the wellness reimbursement, but it will give me a lot more flexability on times to exercise.

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11/6/07 1:04 P

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Lybbe: Yes, I belong to Goodlife. I think they are absolutely fantastic - great classes, great equipment and (I'm lucky), they are actually opening another one up in April just about five minutes from my house. At the beginning I was so afraid of going to a gym, but they have made me feel welcome. For me, its money very well spent.

I'm thinking too with the wet, dark and cold weather we've been having lately that I will also take advantage of the indoor treadmill as well! I've never run outside in the dark yet, and it does frighten me a bit considering all of the traffic.

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I quit my gym membership around 4 years ago. It became too hard to go to the gym and get someone to take care of my son, since the gym was 30 minutes out of the way. Prior to that I loved going and went 3-5 times a week.

Now I lift weights occasionally in my basement, and I run outside. I miss the treadmill and indoor track though, and winter running is very hard on me.

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TorontoGal - I'm guessing since you're doing BodyPump that you belong to Goodlife. Me too. I absolutely love all of the classes even though I rarely go in summer. Went this morning and was happy to be out of the wind.

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I used to, until I moved a couple months ago. The apartment complex I live in now has a small fitness center that actually has good equipment (not rusty '70s relics), so I've used that treadmill a couple times. Also, since I moved to Colorado, getting exercise outdoors is a lot more fun than it was in New Jersey!

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11/6/07 11:37 A

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I joined my gym two years ago and I couldn't think of not having a membership. I love the group classes they offer, and average about 6 classes per week (usually spinning or yoga). In the past I also did their body pump classes but now have a personal trainer a couple of days a week to see if that will help with my strength training. My membership allows the flexibility to use any of their facilities, and since I live in a large city this is a great feature. One is closer to home, one is closer to work for during the week.

Does your gym offer a month pass to see whether or not you like it or that they have the facilities and/or classes you would enjoy? This way you can "try it on" first to see if you like it and prove to yourself that will use it.



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I love my gym! I go 3 times per week (one day to do a yoga class, and the other two to do strength training and treadmill). Finally on Sundays I go for a long run outdoors. My gym fits very well in may daily schedule as it is on my way in my daily commuting.



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I have a gym membership and try to go every morning before work. I agree with the prior comments that you need to decide if you will go before investing. Memberships can be quite pricey. I would check to see if the local gym has a trial membership. That way you can see if you are going to keep going.

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I'm a member of a gym and I probably go at least twice a week. I only go though because it is convenient for me right now. In the past, if the gym was out of my way... I didn't go.
If the gym isn't on your regular daily commuting route you may want to think twice about signing up.

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It really depends on the person. I LOVE my gym and would never get in any exercize if I didn't have my membership. My gym is 2 blocks from work, and I go every morning before work to do my cardio, and Mon, Wed, Fri I go back at lunch for my strength training. If you are someone who can get in everything you need without it, then by all means save the money. But my gym membership is only $19 a month (I get a discount because of where I work) so its definately worth it to me!!

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I'm in the gym rat pack. Hubby & I go every day before work (when it's still dark), and then on Saturdays I run outside (in the daylight). Don't pay for a gym that you won't go to, but choose some type of cross-training and strength training activities that you can and will participate in, either at a gym, at home, or somewhere. It's so important to keep a training balance (and not -just- run) to avoid injury.

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(i'm no longer a gym member. i'm really embarassed to admit how many years i paid for my membership and never went. ::cough:: i think i paid for a good ten years. ::cries:: it took that long for me to realize it wasn't for me.

then i discovered kickboxing. that changed my entire life. i LOVE kickboxing. i have a membership at the local dojo and if time permits, i could go almost everyday of the week. when i realized how much i could push my body kickboxing, that's when i started really running. not that 'oh i'll do a few laps at the gym' running anymore.)

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I belong to the YMCA. I don't go much in the Spring and Summer, but usually hit it up frequently during the winter. I pay a monthly fee of $31 for the whole family and my employer reimburses $120 a year. I take that money and join our local swimming beach during the summer. It works out great for me because I can work out and my kids have something to do as well.

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I'm usually at the gym five days a week. I have a memebership to a gym accross the street, and one with the college for free. I use them both. Before I decided that I wanted free weights though I was okay going to a gym that gave students free membership only when it was way too cold to be out running. (After it gets below freezing I'm done) If you are going to be able to maintain what you are doing, maybe take some of that money and get resistance bands and a ball, and put the rest towards your CC. That way you have a home gym of sorts and are working your way out of debt.

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I belong to a gym and LOVE it. But it only costs me $32/month (dh can go too) The initiation fee -- which really bothers me -- was only $20 for the promotion they were having. I can get out of my contract easily, too, with 30 days' notice. So my membership is month-by-month. And if I leave, I've only lost the $20 for the initiation fee.

I actually had the option of going to a fancier gym, but the initiation fee was $300 and the monthly dues were $120. If that were my only choice for a gym, I would not belong to a gym.

Also, location is VITAL. If the gym is out of the way, chances are you will not use the membership, which then to me is a waste of money. If the gym is on your way to work, would you drive to it on your days' off? Maybe not, because it would seem too much like "work".

If you like running outdoors and you don't have to worry about winter weather, then I would advise to save your money and pay off your cards first. There will be other gym promotions throughout the year, after your cards are paid off.

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I agree with KJNE89. Paying off the credit card is the better choice. I have been toying with the idea of joining a gym. There is one close to my home. But where I work there is a gym I can use for free! I also have asked my family for a nice set of dumbells for Christmas. Saving money and staying out of debt is very important to us. This is important to our mental, emothional and even our physical health.

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I've been a member of my gym for 2 years next week and LOVE it. We not have only a running club, but they offer a CardiO2 class which is a running class that meets 3 times per week with a certified running coach. This is my 6th month and it has really helped me. On the other days, I cross train on the elliptical, stairmaster, or ARC trainer, and strength train.

I will say convenience is a BIG factor. My gym is 3 miles from the house and is open 24/7, even all holidays (shorter hours). Also, I did not have to buy into a contract...I pay month to month ($59 per month) after paying a small sign-up fee ($79). The month to month is more expensive than the long term contract deals, BUT, I can opt out anytime with a 30 days notice and not be penalized. If you have doubts, see if you can sign up for a trial membership before forking over all that money. Health clubs/gyms really do count on people to sign up and pay lots of money not to show up.

Good luck!
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I had belonged to a gym along time ago. I had to go early so there was no waiting times for the cardio machines. It had the whirl pool and sauna which was great. I now have a very busy home life which gives me little time for anything else. If I would join one today, it would be the local YMCA for they have a swimming pool.

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I love my gym! I don't use it much in hot weather because I prefer to be outside running etc., but now that it's getting colder I'll be back at least 3 times a week for strength and cross-training. emoticon

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11/6/07 7:35 A

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I have a gym membership. I'd say I go to the gym 2-3 times per week. My company reimburses $30/month in gym dues, so that really helps, as my monthly fees are only $34.

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11/6/07 7:30 A

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I love going to the gym and have for years. I go in the morning before work and the same people are there every day. They notice when you don't go and that motivates me to show up even when I would rather sleep in. Also, there are a number of avid runners at my gym that meet there, run outside and then just come back for the weights, sauna, etc. I would give it a try.


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11/6/07 7:25 A

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I belong to the local Y but that's because running hasn't been my main form of exercise and also because I have a young daughter and love the child watch program and swimming lessons, etc. that are there for her. Right now I run on the treadmill as I am not setup for running outside in the cold and dark :(

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11/6/07 7:19 A

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I have a gym membership and NEVER go. Ever. I went quite often when my gym was literally around the corner from my office, but now that I don't work there anymore, I don't use the membership. There are many of those gyms quasi-local, but I can't ever inspire myself to go. I prefer running outside and on non-running days doing Pilates, yoga or walking.

What happens when it snows will be interesting...I hope to continue my runs outside even then. But when it's up to my eyeballs...

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11/6/07 7:11 A

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I've got the chance of getting membership of a gym at a really reduced rate ( roughly half of what I have paid in the past with no restrictions on times etc). It's not really local to me but is only slightly out of the way of my daily commute.
I haven't actually been there yet ( I've got a free day pass) but there is a steam room and sauna which I love and really miss. I can also use a gym and pool about 10 mins from work for free but I can't combine it with any other activity like going home or to work so it doesn't really happen very often with my schedule. This gym doesn't have a sauna or steam room.
I gave up my gym membership 4 years ago before I had my daughter.
One of the things I was wondering about is would I actaully use it? I've found to my surprise that I enjoy running and that it fits in pretty well with other things as it doesn't take to much time to fit it in.
I've got lots of holiday to carry over to next year and I could sell it and pay for the membership - but as that arguement goes I could use that money to pay off a credit card too.



How many of you guys are gym members and do you use the gym much?


Edited by: KATFRIN at: 11/6/2007 (07:11)
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