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  • This article was right on time. I'm considering joining a gym. The article answered some questions I'd been thinking about in considering joining a gym.

  • I loved this article, it sounds like me, still wanting to be a couch pototo but knowing I have to exercise, excuse me, knowing I want to exercise. Thank you!! SassyLou1
  • Great article, I like my gym but I am having a tough time actually finding the time to walk in the doors!!!!! I work full time and have a 4year old. I cannot go before work because I have to take him to his grandmothers am, and usually afterwork I have to pick him up. I dont want my kid at his grannys more than with me!!!! I try to do a few lunch visits during my week. But woe is me. My husband works alot of overtime so I cannot complain too much to him. All the arobic classes start the same time I get off!!!! If I join the class 10 minutes late they all have to move to give me space (small arobic room & Lots of ladies)

    My goal is to go the one class that is offered at 615 on mondays, its a spinning class. That will kick my butt into gear! There is usually not alot people in this late class so sounds good hu?

    I need to stop complaining and start losing!

    Thanks for letting me vent!
  • This article is right on time. My membership is up real soon for the gym I currently go. It's a small 24 hour gym. In the beginning it worked fine for me, but now I need new surroundings, I want a larger space and selection of activities, and the owner just did some upgrades, and made all his back rooms administration offices, which cuts down space to do my ab work, ride the bike, and do my ploymetric exercise in front of the mirrow. In addition, he did all the upgrades to the back, but ignore my request to tint the glass in front. As I'm working out, its easy for someone from the outside to see me, but difficult for me to see anyone which have been a security concern. The one thing it has going for it is location (3 to 5 minutes from my house) and my familiarity with the gym. The gym I want to join is 16 minutes away. Which will kill my routine of working out early in the morning before going to work, so I'm still unsure.
  • Location is HUGE to me...I have always said, and it has held true over the years, if it's not easy access, I'm much more likely not to use it. I pay a little more than I'd like, but the gym is really nice, lots of machines, lots of classes, a great lap pool and outdoor pool for summertime, as well as the fact that it's open 24 hours...not that I use it in the middle of the night, but nice to know that if I'm running late in the evening, I don't have to rush to get there by 9:30 b/c it's closing at 10 or something like that. I love doing classes so that's another major thing I look for! Thanks!
  • I living near a big square and recently (a month ago) i decide to go 3 times a week at 06am to do my gym there, I found there a monitor who has a team of 20 persons they are doing 4 times gym with him, he is excellent in many exercices , really i found the option very practicable than a club fitness , it suits my hectic weekly programme and at07h15 im at home under the bath. Im so motivated to keep on that healthy option.
    Great article nicely written and very practical. Good job author!

    I like my gym because they know me by name there and everyone is very down to earth. It is friendly but not phony.
  • Good article! I just joined the gym closest to me, having lost motivation when I had to travel by car or bus. Since I live so close and don't plan on using it, I ignored the truly grotty changing and shower room. When I had my tour round, it was pretty quiet and I'm still getting to grips with the opening times and busy periods.

    Twice now I have been thwarted by the number of people in there. What was most annoying was that no staff were checking up on the 'courtesey' rule of maximum times on the cardio machines at busy times.

    I haven't made the best choice, but I'm not going to let it stop me exercising. I need to figure out when the best time for me to go is, and how I can fit in eating at a sensible time.
    I joined the Y and it has been wonderful!! The equipment is up to date, there are multiple locations, numerous classes and best of all--FREE child care for 2 hours!! I can use another location, drop my kids off, and run around the park across the street. Best of all--no long term contracts and the rates aren't half bad.
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    look at there financial portfolio. i joined a gym life time membership. what i failed to ask was who's life time . mine or theres. they went bankrupt. never got a dime back either.
  • I couldn't agree more. I thankfully have a great gym, a large gym, and two of them nearby, 24 hour gyms, filled with many amenities. I still however have to go to specialized training centers for my BJJ, boxing, kick boxing, American Kenpo and elite excercise athlete training. The 24 hour gym is there for convenience, pool, and something to hit on the drive to the other training. If I miss a excercise or weight training session at the athletic center I can always hit the "*time Fitness" center. You do get what you pay for this place has just about everything for everybody, almost, :)
    Not only is the gym I belong to in a great location, but all the perks they offer are mind boggling. They have the BEST personal trainers to motivate you and that want to truly help you accomplish your goals. What's even better is if I miss a day at the gym the PT will call me to motivate me to come in. It's nice to have that little extra push.
  • I looked on the classifieds and found a ton of memberships for re-sale...mostly to the same I avoided that gym. I found a small one for 1/10th of the price and perfect for my needs!
  • Mine offered a free month. They have several locations within driving distance from my home. One is on the way home from work. I like it since everyone is there to work out and not pick up people.

  • Before you commit, ask if the gym offers a free, one week membership (mine does). Having the opportunity to visit the gym, use the facilities and get a feel for the "ambience" is invaluable. If you want to avoid "gawkers" at a coed gym, try working out before work. While everyone is friendly, there is no "meat market" vibe going on, generally speaking.

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