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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Gym Dilemma

So, I can't quite decide if I should keep my gym membership or not, so I thought I'd bring the question to the trusted blogosphere and see what the general consensus is.

I haven't been to the gym in at least four months, maybe five. I hate doing my running on the treadmill -- really, truly, just don't like it -- so I always run outdoors; however, I used to use the gym primarily for classes like spinning and yoga. And while I'd like to return to doing some of that exercise, I don't know if it's worth it to pay a membership and go to a class once a week, or, in my case, once every few months.

And really, yoga can be done at home with DVDs and I have weights at home too -- I do not, however, have a spinning studio (but, I have friends who have a bike in their garage).

Should I keep paying the gym membership? ($34.98 a month) Or, do I cancel it and keep the money all to myself? Help me decide!

12 comments:

Erin said...

That is a good dilema. Not only can you "spin" at my "gym" but you can also lift weights with a friend rather than at the stinky gym. I do have a spinning DVD but I am too out of shape to keep up with it. I vote to keep the money since you go so little. If you really want to go, pay the visitor fee.

Chula said...

I agree with Erin. Also, with the money you'd save is it possible to set up a home "spin" area? If you had that along with your weights, yoga dvd's, and your running you would be set!!

Running Jayhawk said...

Uhmm...I wanna know what gym offers a monthly rate that low...our YMCA is even $55/mo.

...oh wait. I'm in Chicago.

I say you forego the membership and use that $35/mo. to buy yourself some fun running stuff...or save and buy yourself a stationary bike for your home if you really want to spin.

miss petite america said...

i say try the gym for a month. go to the classes, use their equipment. see how good or bad they are. see how it fits into your schedule and/or lifestyle. and if after a month you feel like it's more of a hassle, then quit. but you can't really give it a fair assessment until you actually try it out.

p.s. jess. it really IS me...i probably look much better as a cartoon :)

funny story about this pic: as heinous as it is, i tried to post it to an online dating profile bc they tell you to post pics of activities you like doing and this was really the only one i had of me running. but they DENIED it! saying something about it not being appropriate...but they were probably doing me a favor :)

Jess said...

Jayhawk: The membership used to be more, but b/c I am awesome, they dropped it (j/k, it dropped b/c of my long-term membership -- which was a year).

MPA: I'm guessing it's b/c you're showing your midriff that the site wouldn't host your pic; plus, it might have been just too damn HOT for them!

JustJunebug said...

i would say keep the money for yourself.

DEFINITELY.

Robert Key said...

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Nicole said...

Is there a spinning studio and/or yoga studio in your neighborhood that you could just pay by the class when you wanted to go?
If so I would quit the gym

runner26 said...

I am sort of a fan of having a gym available...and I also agree that your monthly fee is incredibly LOW!! But I also think that for you, it might make more sense to save the money to buy home equipment (free weights, a bike, etc) that you'd be more excited to use. But I also like the idea of paying the visitor's fee if you really want to go. Just an aside--I hated lifting for so long, and now I fear I'm becoming quite addicted to it--in a good way :) so, basically, what I'm saying is: anything's possible! Good luck with your decision!!

Amanda said...

I'm a fan of the do-it-youself gym, ie DVDs and my own set of weights. That said, if you lose the membership but change your mind, will you end up paying a higher montly fee than the one based on your long-term 1 year relationship with the gym?

teacherwoman said...

I think if I had the opportunity to run OUTSIDE....YEAR ROUND....I definitely would NOT have a gym membership. Save your money. Spend 30 bucks a month on new running clothes or short distant races to get those cool free tee's!

Taryn said...

Ummm, I like having access to a gym. Even if you only get to one class/wk, like a pilates or yoga... it would equate to less than $9 per time. Cheaper than a movie, cheaper than a drink at some places... and it's fun to get out and be around people too! Just my thoughts! ;)