Ok you might laugh because I have this big huge long post about gyms but I am just kind of particular. So lets talk gyms shall we?
Being that we are in a new area, I have been scoping out some prospects for a gym. I know I have been here a month and you probably think I am crazy for not having my gym figured out yet but I am finally just falling into the normal routines. Obviously right now I have just been using the gym at the apartments which as you will see below has its pros and cons but I really have been fine with it for now, mostly because it is so convenient being right there.
Overall, I need a gym I enjoy going to because it adds a lot to my motivation of working out. If it is a gross gym or even so-so my excitement level just isnt where it should be about getting a good sweat session in.
In Alaska, I had 2 options for a gym… one that I had to drive 15 miles to that was $80-$110 per month (not joking) And then another that was cheaper but a little further away. So, needless to say, I was more than looking forward to having some options for a gym.
Here are the options I have to work with currently for my gym considerations…
Option 1 – The “complimentary” apartment gym
- I can walk to it in 1 minute
- It is never busy (seriously have only seen like 1 other person ever use it)
- It is very clean
- It has the basic equipment I need
- I am in love with the treadmills down there, they are awesome!
- It has minimal equipment <— this is really the biggest
- No classes of course
Obviously my list of pros is longer but it is really lacking on equipment. I must say though, the equipment that is there you can tell is brand new and it is actually really good quality! It has 2 treadmills, an elliptical, a bike, and an “all in one” style Bowflex cable machine that offers 7 different upper body moves and 4 lower body. The only extra equipment it has is 2 stability balls. I am really considering buying a cheaper, small free weight set and a medicine ball to leave in there. I would feel ok with this since there aren’t really many people that use the gym.
Even if I do choose to join another gym at least this will always be here for a quick workout if needed!
Option 2 – YMCA
- It has everything I could ever dream off
- Tons of group classes I would like to do and at times that work with my schedule
- Only 5 minute drive
- Tons of people, always busy
- Expensive $$
- Kind of weird hours (mostly on weekend)
- A lot of family activities and sports events are held there (this is a con for me because it kinda goes along with the “always busy”)
I have been to the Y twice, and granted it was a weekend but it was completely packed and chaotic. They hold a lot of sports games there for kids so there was people everywhere and their parking was kind of jacked too. I am considering getting a weeklong trial membership that they offer so I can see what it is like there during the times I will actually be there because it may not be as crazy. And I say their hours are weird because if I work out on a Sunday for example I like to do it earlier or later where they are only open 11am-5pm or something like that. Not that big of a deal I suppose.
Option 3 – The locally owned gym down the street
- Tons of equipment (anything I would need)
- Not a lot of people there
- Price is good (especially compared to the Y)
- They offer a few group exercise classes here and there… this is actually a PRO and a CON really
- Good hours (open 24/7)
- It is a little further drive than the Y <—- this is the biggest
- See the above about group exercise…
- It is a little older so some of the equipment is a little older/run down
I am considering a trial membership here too since I am obviously way indecisive. I have actually been here a few times as this is where Torrance’s uncle works out so I am somewhat familiar with it.
So, moral of the story…. I am picky and have some gym hoppin to do 😉
What kind of gym characteristics are important to you?
I would definitely say the 2 most important things to me is location (meaning not too far of a commute) and also how busy/crowded/chaotic it is there.