Monday, July 28, 2008

On Working Out

Last week I started to get back into a workout routine at the gym in my apartment complex. As long as I can remember, and even during the past 4 years at college, I took classes. They were always hip hop dance classes or cardio kickboxing. Currently, I am not a member of a gym and thus am not taking classes. My work has 2 on-site (very small) gyms and the complex I currently live in has a small one, too. Last week I went to the gym in my apartment complex and worked out 3 times on the treadmill. I went tonight too, and forgot how much I do enjoy a short-but-sweet work out. I am not really a fan of running, as I enjoy high-energy classes much more. With the move to the new apartment looming in 2 weeks, I will not have an on-site gym anymore. What do I do now? The idea of going to the gym after work at work doesn't really appeal to me, since I spend 8 hours a day in the office anyway and neither of the gyms in the building have windows. I have been toying with the idea of joining a gym, but I know that in the world of personal finance that is a rather expensive endeavor! The 24-Hour Fitness near my new apartment does offer classes that I would definitely take - but is it worth the cost? I do have 2 work-out DVDs (pilates & cardio kickboxing) that I do occasionally, but they are only 30 minutes each and can get very repetitive... I am starting to lean towards joining a gym, but I will first do a one-week trial of the classes to see if I like them. 24-Hour Fitness offers a free trial-week for either the facilities or the classes, which I think is neat! (Though of course it's a pretty big sales ploy, too.)

What do you do to workout? If you are a member of a gym, did you get a discount or a special deal, and do you actually go enough to make it worth it?


Trevor July 29, 2008 at 2:04 AM  

I go to Gold's Gym fairly regularly (off and on). When I signed up, I ended up paying for a 2 year membership in cash all up front, so they gave me an extra 6 months free.

I pay maybe $16 a month if you break it down.


#1HB4BD July 29, 2008 at 10:00 AM  

You should see if your health insurance provider offers reimbursements of any kind for gym memberships- I have United Health Care and for 50 visits in 6 months, they cut you a $200 check! (You have to have verification of your visits- my gym will provide the number of times my membership card was scanned in). Unfortunately, I missed this cut-off by about 5 visits b/c I started running/biking outside, instead... oh well.

Otherwise, my employee gym is discounted to $40/month- not bad for NYC, and I think I get pretty good use out of it, especially now that I am going more often in an effort to lose 8 pounds in 8 weeks. (wish me luck! :) )

asgreen July 29, 2008 at 3:18 PM  

I love running, so I run outside. Try to find a good deal for a gym, my bf pays under $40 a month which is awesome. Exercise only happens if you love what you are doing, if that means joining a gym then it is worth the expense.

Tom July 30, 2008 at 4:30 PM  

Check with your company, they may get you discount to 24. If not, ask for one, or check the paper and online. You'll find something. I would sign up for the gym though. This is just me, but I never find myself doing any workouts at home, it takes the motivation of actually going to the gym to get me to do something. Once you get into a routine, it'll be easy!

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