Do you belong to a gym

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@zeloguy (4915)
United States
February 1, 2008 5:52pm CST
Do you belong to a gym or the YMCA? If so which one? Are you happy with them? Are you looking to join a gym? I was a member of Gold's Gym and didn't like the atmosphere or the price I was paying/month. Now I am looking at Planet fitness that is only $10/month. A lot less expensive then Gold's Gym but I am hearing a lot of negative reviews from it. Our YMCA doesn't have a lap pool so I can't justifying paying even more than Gold's Gym... Would love to hear your comments.
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15 responses
@luvstochat (6916)
• United States
2 Feb 08
I belong to our local YMCA the only gyms we have are the YMCA and Curves. I don't belong to Curves because they have no swimming pool and my kids can't go enjoy things. My YMCA has one lap lane in the swimming pool. It is rather expensive they raised their rates again this year but I do enjoy going.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
3 Feb 08
I actually did marketing for the gentleman who started Curves. You are better to stick with your YMCA. I just can't for the life of me get how I am in Florida (hitting 84° FINALLY tomorrow) and no indoor swimming pool. Only an outdoor pool with old people floating in it. Uugghhh....
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Makes it a lot easier when the gym never closes... want to workout at 2am... no trouble finding dumbells there... Thanks for the post Zelo
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@mlhuff12 (800)
• United States
2 Feb 08
I just joined a gym about a month ago. I am quite happy with it. The price is good too. Only $20 a month. "Quest". It is nothing fancy just the minimum. But that is all I really needed. And so far in one month i lost 10 pounds. There is actually a Planet Fitness a minute away from my house. Only 10 bucks sounds nice. But it always seemed crowded there. But I am happy with the place I chose.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
3 Feb 08
I am sure at $10/month it would be crowded. Ah I put on my workout wear and people just make a vacant circle like when you get two dancers going at it at the clubs... I don't think I look THAT bad.
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• United States
2 Feb 08
I do not currently go to a gym, but I hope to one day have enough extra money to be able to join one.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
2 Feb 08
I'm with 'ya. I went to the gym but I really need a personal trainer and they are EXPENSIVE. I'm savin' and hopefully I will be able to save up enough.
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• United States
2 Feb 08
ya they are expensive. Good luck!
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
2 Feb 08
I found one that was $800 (about $24/hr) and she was great but then she took a job as a director at a big gym. I really don't want to pay someone and not get the results that I need.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
2 Feb 08
Planet fitness charge $20 per month. I am with club that charge only monthly without any contract. I don't like any memberships to pay....
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
2 Feb 08
Planet Fitness offered me $10/month $19.95 initiation fee and no contract. I was paying $75 initiation and $50/month at Gold's Gym. I am by no means a big body builder so I THINK it might be just right for me. Problem is I am always up late and they are only open 'til 11:00pm (same as Gold's)... I need a 24hour Fitness or something!
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
2 Feb 08
X sport fitness is open 24/7
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
2 Feb 08
Chicago/NY/DC only right now... that would be awesome to have something like this though.
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• Australia
10 Mar 08
I belong to a gym called Fitness First. In the first few months I was sooooooo enthusiastic and basically go to gym every few days, nowadays I hardly got the time to go to gym anymore, and also started to feel lazy :P Fortunately for me, my body is okay.. not too thin anymore, and not too fat... so just a running session on the weekend did the trick :)
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
13 Mar 08
A lot of gyms have classes and the such that allow you to meet people and allows you to go to the gym not just to workout but to see people you know as well. Believe me I am not one to socialize when I am at the gym but it is good to know that I am not the only one there and there are people there that I can say hi to or people that I have not seen in a while that I get to find out what is going on... while I am in the locker-room. When I am on the floor I am working out! Thanks for the response. Zelo
• Sweden
4 Mar 08
Yes I do indeed belong to a gym. Paying for a gym is never something I have had to think about because I am a trainer so a memberhsip is part of the deal. However I have just moved to Sweden and I am not working at a gym for the moment so I now have to pay for it. The gym is called Fysiken and its a private gym in the south of sweden, its not that busy which I love as it means I can really really focus on my training :-)you can see an idea of what it looks like looking at my avatar. I have yet to visit the states but hope to late this year or early next year and when I do I cannot wait to check out the gyms there as they ar on a much larger scale than I have been used too!
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
13 Mar 08
That is pretty cool that if you are a trainer you get free membership to the gym. I am using a PT right now and I often do see her working out in her spare time. Other than the weekends (when she is off) I always see her there. Thanks for the response. Zelo
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@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
2 Feb 08
I've been to a gym as a guest and I really didnt care for it at all...I much prefer to workout in the comfort of my own home with my own equipment etc ya know....plus I like the fact that at home I can do it at my own pace, I dont have to wait my turn and when I'm done my workout I can walk aroudn n@ked or just in a towel without any pitching a fit LOL
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@sacmom (14336)
• United States
2 Feb 08
I don't, but my husband did several years ago. Like you, my husband went through Gold's Gym. This was about 13 years ago and I believe he was paying $25.00 a month. He eventually canceled his membership as he was going less and less until he stopped going so there was no need to have this extra bill. Now we have our own home gym. It is professional grade with free weights. It cost a few hundred dollars, but in the long run it is cheaper to have our own home gym than for one of us to have a membership. Plus, we can use it when we want to without having to wait for the equipment to be available for us to use. So, out of curiosity, how much is Gold's per month?
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
2 Feb 08
I was paying about $35 and there was a $79 initiation or so. But I joined when they were still building (big mistake) so I got a really good deal. I believe they are about $10 more than that now and when they are running specials they wave the initiation fee.
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@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
2 Feb 08
I used to work out in a gym when I am still single. I am so thin then that I wanted to gain weight. But it did not end for long. Becuase I already work in the office. I lost time for that. Buty so far I gain weight already. So no more need for gym. Just few stretching every morning and before going to sleep.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
2 Feb 08
Stretching... whether you go to the gym or not, it very vital to having the chance of injury (even in everyday life) go down and it makes you feel so much better.
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@youless (87603)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Feb 08
I don't join any gym because I don't have spare time for it. I like playing badminton when I have time. I like swimming with my family in summer. And I go to work on foot everyday. So that's all my exercise:)
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
2 Feb 08
I love swimming and you would think in Florida there would be plenty of places but alas there are not. At least in Florida you are never more than 60 miles to a beach anywhere in the state so that is an option.
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
2 Feb 08
Before I moved away from my ex I belonged to a small privately owned family gym which I loved, I used to go along five times a week to train! Yes FIVE! They were so friendly and I used to get addicted to working out, it helped my depression and stress levels and also my weight. I met friends there and it was great to relax. Sadly I had to leave the gym because I moved out of the area, I haven't joined another one as yet, the expense as I am not working, the motivation and all the gyms are a distance away from me, I am enjoying instead long walks in the country which is helping me get the fresh air, trouble with gyms you don't get the fresh air and I like to be out in the open, there is precious little daylight this time of the year anyhow. Maybe in the Spring I will rejoin another gym.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
2 Feb 08
Well the plan for me is five times a week but my routine would be M-W-F cardio and Tuesday/Thursday strength training. I played soccer for 11 years and ran the hell out of myself so I am sure I can handle three days of cardio work and the strength training I am going to be struggling with so my body is going to need time to repair itself. I push myself hard and if I decide to find a personal trainer, I would expect them to push me even that much harder. There is a local place... much smaller than the branded gyms. I have no idea what their fee is, I will have to stop by there and see their hours and their prices.
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• United States
2 Feb 08
I recently stopped going to la fitness in Miami. Due to my move to this frekin cold Ny. LOL I love the gym so much. I even found it saved my life as well. I was homeless and slept there during the day. LOL I would go work out for two hours shower and sit on that little comfy chair. And soon fall asleep. It was so cold from sitting in one spot that I had to often go outside for heat. I don't go to one right now because I don't have the money yet. It's a block from me and $100.00 for the year. I will have to get my NY state id to join that one
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
2 Feb 08
$100/year for Planet Fitness? That is better than $10/month! Wow. I will have to go check them out and see... here in Orlando (like Miami) it never gets THAT cold.
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• Canada
12 Feb 08
We live in a rural community and the closet gym is 45 minutes away. I cannot wrap my brain around driving an hour and half return trip to work out at a gym. We have a lot of exercise equipment here at home. In my office I have a stationary bike and a universal gym. In the hallway off my office there is my bench press with free weights and a balance ball. I also have a variety of exercise programs on my computer...so when I want to exercise all I have to do is lift myself up from my office chair and as Nike says...just do it! Raia
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
12 Feb 08
That is great. That was going to be one of my next questions about people who have gyms in their homes and whether they use it. Stay tuned. Thanks for the post. Zelo
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• Canada
21 Mar 08
Hi again.. Thanks for the best response on this! I didn't hear back from you about doing our web-page and we found someone to do it locally. Perhaps there was a glitch in our communication...but hope to keep in touch here. Cheers, Raia
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
23 Mar 08
You can always PM me or reach me by e-mail or IM. Thanks Zelo
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
13 Mar 08
We do not belong to the gym. The nearest gym is about half to three quarters away and as soon as we get to the gym, we already had our exercise. I walk and do some weight training at home, with the weights, and also helping my husband fix up the basement. That means, lifting up boards, holding them while he nails it to the ceiling. I get plenty of exercise.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
14 Mar 08
That is great just remember to be healthy not only do you need to be able to lift weights but you also need to be able to do aerobic excercise as well... and of course watch your diet. Good luck to you! Zelo
@cripfemme (7719)
• United States
28 Oct 10
I belong to a gym for disabled people I started going there in July. Its for disabled people and I like that because people don't look at you like your the creature from the Black Lagoon mainly because your in a wheelchair or have some behavioral issues. We all kind of look out for each other there and people will call and ask about you if they don't see you in awhile. I've learned to tell them when I'm going away so they don't get worried. I know I can workout by myself but I know myself well enough to know I won't do that. I do much better if I am working with people who expect me to be at a certain place and be making progress on a fitness goal I know this is not the most self directed behavior and the gym fee and transit do cost money I often don't have but I know myself and I know this is the best situation I could be in, in terms of becoming a healthy person.