Considering joining a gym
I realized I have an irrational fear of adding recurring monthly costs to my budget, even if a one-time cost is way higher than a monthly cost
This became apparent when I joined bootcamp. For one month I paid $150. I must say, it has been really great. It is more like small group personal training, and I’ve rediscovered all these muscles that I forgot about (basically any muscle not required for running or hiking or biking).
I discovered that many of the bootcamp attendees were semi-permanent bootcampers. They do bootcamp over and over again as their main way to stay in shape. Effective, but holy expensive!
Still, it dawned on me that I was willing to pay a one time $150 cost, but I had deemed gyms as unnecessary. They are unnecessary. Of course I can do work outs at home. And run on my own. But I can’t run in the mornings anymore (too dark/scary) and I’m a loser when it comes to devising my own strength routines. If I joined a gym, I could work out any time, take yoga classes, take group strength class, maybe even have pool access… all for $30+/month? That really doesn’t seem unreasonable.
By the way, $150 is five months worth of the gym, even if it is a monthly cost. And I can cancel any time (i think…) and my company seems to have several discounts that waive the BS “initiation” fees.
After bootcamp is over, I think I’ll go gym shopping. I still prefer running outside as my main cardio, but I think joining a strength class would be great. Some gyms even have a “bootcamp” class you can join for much less than $150/month.
Reasonable cost: $30/m is my target, $50 is probably the max.
Location: Near work, near my apartment, or on the way home from work.
Class offerings: Some sort of total body strength class in evening. Yoga.
Amenities: Not too sketchy, machines available at hours I intend to be there.
Location: Multiple locations, one near work, one near home
Class offerings: Yoga for no extra charge
Amenities: Pool, jaccuizi
I’ve done some research, and this is really hard to come by. All the $30/month gyms are pretty grungy and all the gyms that actually got good reviews have $75/mo or more price tags. I probably will start with a more dingy gym and see how it goes.