Tuesday, March 30, 2010

To Gym Or Not To Gym

I told you guys recently that I was considering joining LA Fitness since it's near my house. I'm on the fence about it for a few different reasons and wanted to get some feedback. It costs $35 a month and if I sign up by tomorrow my initial fee for joining is dropped from $75 to $25. It has classes I'd really enjoy that I think could help me boost my cardio workouts and of course treadmills and bikes and weight training equipment and all that jazz. It also has a sauna, a pool and a hot tub. It's only about a mile from my house so it's very convenient. I really feel like I would use my membership. I work from home, so I think getting out of the house a couple times a week would be beneficial.

The main reason I'm on the fence is because of our finances. We're working on paying down a decent amount of debt and are making some progress, but I think Steve feels like this is unnecessary. I told him last night I was signing up and he said ok, but I know he doesn't think I need to get a gym membership. The other things to consider are the fact that we have a home gym, a stationary bicycle and a myriad of exercise dvds and weights. Technically, I've got everything I need right here and I don't need to add on the additional expense.

So what do you think? Gym or no gym?

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by and following Me So Hongry. If Steve thinks the $35 is too much then look to see where you can move some money around. For example, when I decided to join WW I didn't really have an extra $40 laying around. But then I realized we were spending at least $40 eating out every weeek. So I cut the eating out to once a week and that decision freed up a little cash. In the long run I consider the $40 an investment in me.

    I don't have a membership, but I am in the same boat as you as far as finances. I plan to get a membership soon. I just look at it as investing in myself. I rather pay $30 a month now than pay hundreds of dollars a month later for healthcare to treat my obesity related ailments.

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  2. Awww...thanks for adding me to your blog roll.

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  3. Hmmm, I don't know. What is about the gym that you can get that you're not getting from your home gym?

    That being said, me, I would do it. Classes are amazingly fun and as long as you are going more than once a week, you'll make great use of the membership.

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  4. I think I'm going to go for it. There are many things I can do there that I can't do at home. The classes where I can interact with other people will be a great thing. Who knows? Maybe I'll make a new friend? We have made some friends since moving to Indianapolis, but it doesn't hurt to have another venue to meet new people after moving to a new state.

    Other things I can do there are: run on the treadmill (which I've been saving up for and now won't have to worry about as long as I have a gym membership), take cycling classes (I don't feel like I push myself as hard as I could at home), swim in the pool, utilize the sauna and hot tub for relaxation.

    Overall I just think there are a lot of reasons I would enjoy working out at the gym. The classes are a big thing I look forward to (kickboxing, zumba and cycling anyone?), but there are other things I think I'll really enjoy as well.

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  5. I understand - I belong to a gym and have home equipment as well. I use both and the fact is at the gym I work out harder and longer - something about other people doing it and other people watching me - don't want to look like a slacker you know? It's your choice though and $35 is totally worth your health right?

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  6. I vote to buy a gym membership.

    Classes are great. Also, at my gym you have to pay for personal training sessions, but the personal trainers are always walking around and will correct you if you are using a machine the wrong way or tell you how you can do the excersise more effectively. Most are willing to answer a few questions here and there, too, so that is a plus.

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  7. I definitely feel like $35 is totally worth it. I mean god, we probably spend more than that on coffee in a month! We aren't crazy and out there buying coffee everyday, but definitely once or twice a week. If we can afford that, then I think we can afford the gym membership. Besides, I'm the number cruncher in this family. And I think that $35 is totally worth it. And I'm hoping that he'll decide to sign up too for another $30, but we shall see. He had mentioned wanting to use the pool if they had one when I had first mentioned checking out the gym, so maybe he'll want to sign up soon too. I really hope he does, because he needs to start working on getting healthier too.

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  8. I think you should go for it! Money be damned, it's your body. I'm sure your relationship and your finances can survive $35 a month. Having the gym will also encourage you to not spend as much on eating out or keep a closer eye on your grocery budget. I have a small gym in my apartment complex at home that is free, but I still go to the staff gym at work because nothing beats the variety of equipment, the type of people, and the support you get.

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  9. PS - Nothing makes a man want to get buff like a super-seksi lady. He'll totally join once he realizes how awesome it is.

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  10. Lol, Lauren that's what I'm hoping for. He wants to lose weight I'm just waiting for him to find that inner motivation. In the mean time I'm going to keep shedding the pounds. :-)

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