Exercise! Gyms! Exclamation points!

By , September 20, 2010 10:06 pm

Ooh...a gym.

This past Saturday, I went to a circus arts class. It’s the first class I attended since I had my gallbladder out, and it felt really good to be moving. However, my body’s complaints on Sunday made me realize I really need to start exercising consistently again.

And so, I’m seriously considering joining a gym.

I have mixed feelings about gyms. Obviously there are certain things – a pool, for example – most people don’t have. But I always feel a bit like, “If I just had a little more self control, I wouldn’t need to pay money to exercise somewhere else!” Indeed, that’s how I justified my Wii Fit purchase: I’ll have this one-time expense, but then use my will power and self control to exercise regularly. (It worked. For about a month.)

So why the change of heart? First, because I’m realizing my will power isn’t as strong as I’d like it to be. Sure, I could do Wii Fit every morning, bike every afternoon, and stretch daily before bed. But I don’t. So having that financial outlay for a gym membership seems like it could be a good motivator. Likewise, having a place to go would be good, I think.

Cheetah Gym

Cheetah Gym

I’m also really interested in taking more classes. Cheetah Gym, where I’m looking, has a number of classes I’m interested in, ranging from yoga to spin. They’re also right around the corner from me. As much as I’d really like a gym with a pool, I think having somewhere that’s three minutes away will be more useful and motivating for me than somewhere that’s thirty minutes away. (Especially as it starts to get colder!) That also means I can choose to shower and change at home, not because I’m worried about their showers or anything but just because I’d rather use my shampoo than theirs.

A big thing I don’t like about gyms is the whole contracted membership thing. Cheetah Gym’s website right now lists a deal for a $60/month, one-year membership, and I think when I stopped in they said they might be able to do a $50/month, one-year membership. (Another thing I don’t like about gyms: inconsistent pricing. I want to know how much I’m paying for something, and having constant deals and offers and such makes me nervous.)

Any readers have any gym experience? Any thoughts or things I should look out for?

2 Responses to “Exercise! Gyms! Exclamation points!”

  1. wealhtheow says:

    I bought the Wii Fit Plus with that exact same thought process–and that exact same outcome. Ah well.

    Ugh, trying to figure out what gym to use is so annoying! If there’s a park district near you, they do offer gym memberships for like, $30 for three months, I think. A lot of them have cheap classes, too. Just a thought!

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