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BERRY4 SparkPoints: (271,679)
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3/1/12 2:17 P


I am a "fair weather" exerciser so wind, rain, sleet & snow keep me from "doing my thing" outside. A gym is a must for me. Also, it offers free classes & a wider assortment of weight lifting opportunities than anything I could hope to have at home.

For me, I have made the purchase of a 2-yr fitness club agreement from COSTCO. When all is said and done, I can go 365 days of the year, 24 hrs (most) days, and workout to my heart's content. Cost? About $13 each month when divided by 24 months. It is a win-win in my book!
(I just renewed for my 2nd 2-yr contract without a hitch!)

DABLUECAT SparkPoints: (0)
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3/1/12 1:07 P

I joined the same gym as my DH. I started going as his guest and then he bought me the membership.

SOON2BSMALL1313 Posts: 857
2/29/12 10:59 A

i miss having access to the gym. I love the machines and the help from others on form and reps etc. I can't really but he gym into our budget especially since we're trying to buy a car, move to a biger house and go on our first vacation this year

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/29/12 9:42 A

Over the years I have been to about 6 or 7- loved Golds Gym the best home in New Zealand.. I now go to and nope don't need a trainer- they are too expensive and I want someone old school.. I will have to travel miles to met the lady I would ask for help..

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 2/29/2012 (09:42)
MLAN613 Posts: 19,015
2/29/12 9:33 A

I have been using my city's community center for about 4 1/2 years now and started working at their front desk about 2 1/2 years ago. I get a free membership now and a discounted one for my husband. We aren't fancy like the one down the road but we have equipment, fun programs, pools, great classes and I have made some great friends.

I don't use the personal trainers because I know what do do since I have been on SP for awhile and attended so many classes. My husband used a trainer about a month ago and he's doing great with his workouts. I am so proud of him! He even signed up for a 5k in July.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
2/29/12 4:33 A


I can relate. Having somewhere to go just makes it more official or something. I need to have seperate spaces for different activities, so my brain knows that the office is for work, the gym is for working out etc

HANDYV Posts: 24,961
2/29/12 4:03 A

I have only been going to the gym for about 3 weeks. My son teaches at a local martial arts school - I called to ask about their gym prices - the owner's wife answered - when I told her who I was she said I could go for free. It's not anything fancy - plenty of machines - enough for me anyway. I have a bike, an elliptical, a treadmill and various other pieces of fitness equipment at home, plus many dvds, but rarely (really rarely) do I even bother to use them. But I have been faithful for these 3 weeks - the gym is only 2 minutes from my house - wow. I work nights and I have to go by it on my way home - that's when I go ( in the am- I get off at 9am) - when I am off I try to go between 9:30 am and 10:00 am.I don't know why I can be consistent when I have to go to the gym but at home I have not motivation. Well, really to me all that matters is that I am doing something - I have gone from doing nothing to being fairly active (1 hour a day at least 4 days a week - I'm shooting for 5 days.

LIZ1147 SparkPoints: (6,615)
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2/29/12 3:32 A

I wish I could go to a gym, but they are expensive. Plus, I have a treadmill, dumbbells, kettlebells, a yoga mat, and resistance bands at home. I also have access to workouts ON DEMAND on the t.v. A gym isn't necessary, but it would be nice to use an elliptical or stationary bike once in a while.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
2/29/12 1:48 A

I go to a YMCA. At my gym they include training sessions into the membership, so I can have a programme designed for me and my goals at any time (I usually change it once a month). There are always trainers around to help out and answer questions and the ladies at the front desk are always lovely and tell off the members who are wasting time sitting on the machines and chatting, or the people who don't wipe down their machines. I would recommend a YMCA as a good first time gym.

KATIEKELEHAR SparkPoints: (0)
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2/28/12 12:27 P

I do go to the gym but dont have a personal trainer! I attend classes such as bodycombat, bodypump, cycle, yoga and zumba. I typically go in between 5-6 days a week. If dont make it to one of the classes then I run/walk for an hour on tredmill (normaly averaging about 4-5 miles).

LISAWMI SparkPoints: (50,169)
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2/28/12 11:27 A

I belong to a gym- it is awesome. They have lots of group exercise classes: yoga, zumba, step, cycling, aquatics. they have lots fo cardio equipment and weight equipment. They offer both group training with a personal trainer and individual sessions. If you can afford it I highly recommend a personal trainer.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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2/28/12 11:05 A

Wow, that's really awesome! I wish I had a job that could offer something like that. Hazards of a work-from-home contractor. ;)

BDD923 SparkPoints: (6,407)
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2/28/12 10:41 A

LUCKILY... There is a gym in my workplace. Even better? There is a personal trainer on our staff that is paid to train us. There is a variety of classes and the PT will develop a program and work with us individually. I can't believe more people don't take advantage of this! I am in there at least 5 days a week!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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2/28/12 10:26 A

I love my gym! I go to Kinetix at least 4 times a week. I can't afford a PT (It's like $30 for one session) but I have the next best thing. My gym offers a fantastic array of classes, the the trainers are great, so they challenge you based on your fitness level once they get to know you. Several times, I've been the only one in the class, and it's really like having a PT to yourself!

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/28/2012 (10:26)
JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
2/28/12 10:12 A

I can't work out in a gym with time/schedule/monetary conflicts. If it were free, and 24-7, I could possibly do it, but at this point I work hard at home. I have weights, videos and lots of support. It isn't always what I want, but I still get done what I need to!

VALANIS9335 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/28/12 10:04 A

No, I feel intimidated in there. I know it's just me and it's all in my head but who knows, maybe eventually I'll get over it and go.

AKWALSH Posts: 312
2/28/12 10:02 A

I work for a gym in my area. We offer classes as well as personal trainers. I like the camaraderie of the gym. I also have a treadmill and bowflex at home, as well as a Specialized road bike. Sometimes I need the solitude of a workout and sometimes I want people around me. Depends on my mood.

RVINGWAY Posts: 167
2/28/12 9:45 A

I joined the Y so that I would be motivated to stick with it - If I am paying for it I need to use it. Also there is a pool and equipment and classes that are fun. Started fencing again :).

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (199,361)
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2/28/12 9:24 A

I go to the gym that I actually pay for 1x/week and I work at another gym 3x/week. I don't have a trainer, but I do have a running coach.

2/28/12 9:23 A

I go to Retro Fitness. I belonged to Lucille Roberts for 2 years and though smaller, I preferred that gym because Retro does not offer group classes - which I absolutely loved. But, convenience is key, so when I moved, I joined Retro because it's only a few blocks from my house. No excuse to not go now! Plus one benefit to this gym is that all the cardio equipment have personal TVs, so I just plug in my headphones and watch TV while I'm exercising. Makes an hour on the treadmill much less boring.
And no personal trainer for me. I'd be interested in trying one, but I can't afford it right now.

BESCATS SparkPoints: (238,436)
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2/28/12 8:47 A

Go to the gym 3 times a week. emoticon

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
2/28/12 8:45 A

I do not typically go to the gym. I might hit a class here and there, but I am not a regular gym user. I do not use a personal trainer.

MARATHONDAD SparkPoints: (0)
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2/28/12 8:13 A

I go to a gym and no I dont have a trainer

REDII2LOSE94 Posts: 177
2/28/12 7:59 A

no im not signed up for a gym but im going to join one

EMMANYC Posts: 1,702
2/28/12 7:46 A

I'm lucky. I have a free, small but well-equipped gym in my apartment building. I work out with a trainer to whom my sports medicine doctor referred me.

2/28/12 7:34 A

YMCA...PTs are always available to answer questions and help..When you join, you get 3 sessions with a trainer free..I like to support the Y because of StrongKids programs..

WMCKINNEY SparkPoints: (362)
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2/28/12 12:02 A

Do you go to a gym? which one do you go to? and do you have a personal trainer?

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