To Join, or Not?

My two-week Free Gym pass has officially expired. 😦

 

I feel like I did get a good amount of use out of it, though!

  • I swam 3 times.
  • Weight lifted 4 times.
  • Ran 2 times.
  • Attended 1 yoga class.
  • Used the elliptical machine 1 time.

 

I decided to go on a run this morning since the weather has finally cleared up. It’s been storming the past few days. I got in a 3.5 mile run, which is about as far as I can go right now. Even that is really pushing it. My knee feels the exact same as it did before I took nearly a  month off.

 

Before I left, I had a mini CLIF bar. Perfect size for pre-run!

 

After my run, I came home and made a bowl of pumpkin oatmeal. Wow!

 

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It tasted SO good, but it made a TON! I ate most of it, but I feel stuffed to the brim.

 

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My oatmeal included:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 TBL flax
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • almonds
  • raisins

YUM!

 

I am debating whether or not I should join the gym that I have been going to. Trying to be a good decision maker, I made a pros and cons list.

 

Pros:

  • The gym is close to my home, and on the way home from work.
  • Swimming pool give a good alternative to running.
  • Friends (Caitlin and Ryan) are members.
  • Free weights and equipment variety. It lets me do things other than what I can do at home.
  • Group exercise classes, like yoga, spinning, and kickboxing.

 

Cons:

  • Costs money…Luckily, the gym has no contracts or enrollment fees, but still I don’t know how much is too much to pay for a gym.

 

I still have the ability to work at UCF’s gym for free, but it’s far from home, always packed, and full of non-serious looking people (aka… flirtation central). I don’t want to wear a full face of make-up and straighten my hair to go work-out. It’s just not my style.

 

Are you a member of a gym? How much are you willing to pay to workout?

 

To Join, or not to Join? That is the question.

 

❤ MegaNerd

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81 Responses

  1. join! i am a long-time reader that hardly ever comments…but since i’m dealing with the same problem (university gym) i feel compelled to support a decision to join another gym. i have been holding off because i am super busy doing a dual-degree (law/mph) program, but i feel like paying for a gym membership might be the extra motivation i need to make the time to exercise. too often i convince myself that i am much too busy to work out…which in turn makes me unhappy because i really love exercising. so my vote is to join! and hopefully i will join a gym soon too!

  2. ah this takes me back to the days of working out at the UCF gym… you’re SO right about it being “flirtation central.” i used to call it “club UCF.” 😉 i found that if i went to the gym before 9 a.m. all the make-up wearing girls and socializers weren’t there… it was full of people who actually wanted a good workout.

    that being said, i’d definitely join! i think my gym membership is the most valuable thing i pay for every month. i use it constantly and never feel like it’s a waist of money.

  3. I pay $55 US a month for my gym membership – which I think is a lot, but I get it deducted from my paycheque, so I don’t really think about it. For me, it’s totally worth it. I struggle with the motivation to do stuff on my own, and so I appreciate being able to go to classes (spinning & strength mostly).

    Furthermore, with 15 inches of snow outside right now, I’m too scared to go running outdoors, and thus, the treadmills at the gym are a good alternative.

    I would say go for it – since there’s no fee or minimum contract, you could always stop if you find you don’t want to keep the membership up. Furthermore, it looked like you had some use of it during the trial period…

    Good luck!

  4. I’m a member of a gym right now because I’m from Canada and it’s winter here for about 6 months out of the year, haha. The gym I go to is my local YMCA and the membership is cheap ($44/month) and I have access to an amazing gym with great variety, a pool, and a ton of great classes. It really is the perfect set up, I love it.
    Are you near a Y?

  5. I belong to the YMCA, and I feel it’s totally worth it. With all of the snow that I’ve been getting, it’s worth it to me to know I have another option besides running outside. And it feels good to get around other people and socialize. Not socialize like it’s a club, but I’ve been going for so long that I’ve made “gym friends”. That being said, I pay $50/month for a solo membership.

  6. I have a gym membership but it’s pretty cheap and convenient, so there’s not much to think about! I love it because there’s no where else to swim- I can run and bike without gym but no swimming 🙂

  7. I just went through this exact same dilemma! I ended up getting the membership because as much as I tried working out at home (mostly weights), I just never felt like I was pushing myself enough. I got mine through work so I had to pay for the year upfront ($368) Really awesome that your gym has pools too! I think if you know you can commit to going on a regular basis then you should go for it!

  8. Join. I’m currently living in Holland and about to join a gym for 3 months. The price is pretty crazy (if you want to feel better about how much you’ll be paying for your gym in the States, just think about how much you might be paying in Europe–see? all better! plus, this gym isn’t NEARLY as nice as those in the States), but I’ve decided the price tag is worth it for the retention of my sanity.

  9. If its $50 or less a month, its worth it. I’m in Northern VA/DC area and pay $33/mo for my gym. Though, if I had access to a free gym…I’d make it work because well, its free…

    My dad just joined a gym for free because he is a senior (60yr old) lucky him!!! I kept pestering him to join my gym (they have a location 1 mi from his house) but I guess he was waiting til he turned 60 so he could join the free one. gotta pinch those pennies!

  10. How much is your gym? Mine is 25 dollars a month and has cardio, weights, and group fitness galore. No pool though. But that’s fine with me since I don’t swim. Any gym over 40 dollars is not worth it. Is there a Gold’s Gym in your area? They are the best!

    • LUCKY!!! In Australia you’re lucky if you find a gym for under $65/month (and if you do, they often want to lock you in for 2+ years + $100 joining fee)

      I struggle with the decision of whether or not to pay for a membership (I currently don’t) but that’s because I’m looking at another 70$/month expense.

  11. Gosh, I feel your pain about not wanting to use your school’s gym. I often felt at my school’s gym that I was the only one actually sweating!

    I belong to the YMCA and only pay $33 a month. It isn’t as nice as the other more expensive gyms, but I can still get the same workout. I’d never pay more than $45 a month for a gym, but that’s just me. : )

  12. I recently signed up for a gym membership (about a month ago). It was really expensive and we are committed for 24 months, but I look at it as an investment in my health. I’m already reaping benefits &, especially for these cold months, it has been great being able to be really active. We discussed putting it on “hold” during the summer months to be more active outside during those times, but we’ll see, since we love using the weight machines & such. Good luck with whatever you decide! 🙂

  13. I love having access to a gym. I also think being able to use the treadmill and the elliptical has helped keep my runner’s body happy! Sometimes being able to get some low impact cardio in is the best thing. So, I say join!

  14. I joined the gym about 8 months ago and it’s one of the best things I did! I belong to 24 hour fitness and actually bought my pass from Costco for $299 for 2 years.
    I wasn’t too sure if it’d be worth it since I was used to working out at home or outside but I’ve surprised myself by how much use I’ve gotten out of it and I’m pretty sure I’ll renew after my 2 years is up!
    I say go for it only if it’s something you can afford and not stress about!

  15. I am looking for a gym to join, it would be great to have a mix of things to do and cheaper then just a yoga studio fee plus a pool! I think it would be great right now for you, especially with your knee bothering you. You seem to be happier being super active and I think having the option will be good, worse case scenario you don’t use it as much or you feel like it’s not worth it and you quit the gym. The beauty of no contracts. 🙂 I think less than 50 a month is a good deal. Not sure what your gym is charging, those are just my thoughts. I would love a gym membership right about now!

    P.S. One time I went to a kickboxing class at UCF and the first five minutes as we were warming up, the teacher was checking her make up and fixing her hair/trendy hat on her head. Like trying to look pretty as we started to sweat. The teacher. It’s pretty frustrating. I was lucky to live RIGHT behind UCF’s gym so I went all the time my freshman year. The worst times were the beginnings of school and January(New Year’s resolutions) then it would get a lot less busy as time went on. But I hated having to find parking in the garage across the street which was always packed. They did have a great pilates class though.

    Okay, I’m done rambling.

  16. I am currently the member of a gym. I usually join in the winter because I’m not likely to workout outside. It costs 27 for one month, which is alot, but three months is only 105 bucks. Mostly I just use the treadmills, bikes, and elliptical machines. I think it’s worth it if you won’t get in a workout another way, and definitely good to have friends who go to the same place!

  17. I definitely say gym! If your knee is still bothering you then you want to have other workout options available to you definitely.

  18. The pros seem to really outweigh the cons – I’d sign up if I were you! 🙂

  19. I feel the exact same way about the gym! I work at a University, so, I have a membership at that gym which for staff and faculty is $10/which honestly cannot be beat, but, the classes are jam packed, and the only time I can go and actually get on a treadmill is before work when they open at 6AM, which is fine, but, it’s getting old! There’s a gym right next to my house (literally, like .25/mile) that I want to join but, we’ll see. The $$ issue is the biggest thing for me, but, having a gym that’s right by my house is a huge plus.

  20. If I were you, I would definitely sign up! I belong to LA Fitness (which is where I think you were working out?) and it costs $34.99/month, which I find to be sooo worth it. When I was training for races and running outside more, I didn’t go very often … but now that it is winter (in Pennsylvania), I have been using the gym for all of my workouts! I have been taking spinning two times a week also, which makes it feel so worth it!

  21. First comment here, so hi!

    You wouldn’t believe how much gyms cost where I live (London UK), what I pay works out as over $100 per month. I think it is worth it though, because it removes a lot of excuses not to exercise and gives a lot more variety with classes, swimming etc.

    If you keep up the number of times you went on the free pass would it be good value per visit?

  22. May I ask how much the monthly fee is? I would say anything under $60 is acceptable. I would sign up. It is nice to have options (swimming, yoga, weights, spinning, etc.) to work with especially since it seems like your knee is still giving you trouble. Give it a few months and if you can’t afford it, cancel.

  23. AHAHAH oh, meganerd.

    Just don’t straighten/wear makeup!! Bring your stuff w/ you to campus and workout before you go home!!

  24. I joined my gym so long ago that now I only pay $10/month which is a great deal. I think it largely depends on your budget and how much use you will get out of it. Isn’t Caitlyn moving in the spring? So I wouldn’t count on that as a reason. When the weather warms up are you going to want to workout indoors? Or would you rather be outside? You don’t want to end up in the gym because you feel you have to since you are paying for it. Good luck!

  25. I would shop around a bit if I were you. You’d be surprised at some of the great deals you can find. I get a great deal through my work where I pay only $25 a month for unlimitted use of all the Golds Gyms in the DC area, but before I hopped on that deal I used a Planet Fitness near my house and paid about $15 a month for that. It’s not nearly as nice as Golds and doesn’t have any group exercise classes, but sometimes all I needed was a rack of weights, so it worked.

  26. I belong to a gym but my Health Insurance gives me a $500 credit towards a membership so I don’t have to pay out of pocket. Do you have Health Insurance? Or are you on your parents plan? If so, you should look into their fitness benefits as most insurance companies provide incentives. Mine requires that I go to the gym at least 8 times a month which really isn’t much. It’s def something to look in to!

  27. I am going through this same dilemma right now. I am definitely going to have to make a pros and cons list like you did. My free pass runs out on Saturday!

    The place that I am considering going to would cost me around $25 a month. I have a gym at work that I can go to, but it’s very crowded and the treadmills are bad on my knees (they have no “give”) when they aren’t taken!

    At the gym I would pay for, there are endless amounts of cardio equipment (never full), great treadmills, a cardio cinema (watch a movie while you run!), and tons of classes and other equipment. I’m kind of infatuated right now, but I have to make sure it is smart for my budget.

    Good luck!

  28. I broke down and got a gym membership in December because it was way too cold to run outside. I pay $19.95 per month, but I have full access to any branch in any city and also 24 hour access. I’m okay with this amount, but I really wish I had pool access.

  29. OMG reading the comments from your post makes me shed a tear at the rate a pay for my gym ($130/month)!! Stupid NYC prices!

  30. Hey, Megan!
    Actually, I have a gym problem, too 😛
    I´m choosing between a gym that I don´t really like, but that´s closer and cheaper and a gym that I spent years and years going, that I absolutely LOVE, but that´s a little bit far and a bit expensive.
    I can´t seem to make up my mind!
    But, in your case, maybe you should really join that gym. If you like it, if it´s close, and your friends go there, too…
    😀
    I hope I helped a bit.
    Have a great Thursday!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,
    Gabriela

  31. I love my gym, I would die without it because the usual at home workouts consist of things I don’t do due to my knee and hip injuries. Plus the best part is that I can choose the treadmill, elipticial, or bike depending on how those injuries are feeling. This way I never miss my cardio.

  32. i am a member of a gym, pay $50 a month just for me. another $20 if i add the wife. it’s worth it to me, i’ll hit the gym twice a day but would never get a moment’s peace if i just had a treadmill at home and the bike on the trainer. gym’s with a pool are worth their weight in gold. i say join.

  33. I felt the same way about my college gym! I always got up early and walked over (I lived in the dorms) to avoid the 5pm flirtation rush, but it was not my favorite environment. I am a member of the local Y now and love it. when I go to graduate school in the fall, I can’t decide if I’ll go back to the university gym (where ever I end up going) or get a gym membership again. I love the Y, but memberships anywhere can be expensive. whatever you do, don’t join a Bally. EVER.

  34. Looks like the pros easily outweigh the cons. I don’t belong to a gym because there is a small (and crappy) 24/7 one across the street in my apartment complex that I can use for free. It’s almost never crowded and works for now. I am possibly going to hire a personal trainer once a week that my friend recommended for about $35/hr.

  35. JOIN, you will regret it if you don’t! Only those that don’t actually “use” the gym would not be silly to join and we know that isn’t you. I pay $42 a month currently on a 3 year membership with Bally’s that is about to end and I am hoping the amount will come down some as my husband was a member for 10+ years and his payments towards the end were less then $10 a month if you can believe that.

  36. Hey girl – I’ve got a lot of experience with knee injuries. You really need to build up the muscles around your knees. I did it the first couple of times through physical therapy 3-4 times a week, but it’s all stuff you can do in a gym. Let me know if you want me to send you the exercises my PT had me doing.

  37. I’m a member of my local YMCA. I think it’s $50 a month for a single membership. Besides being a great alternative to running outside, I love the access to a hot tub and sauna! In the winter, I like to escape to the sauna and pretend I’m in the tropical sun.

  38. That is so tough-I weigh this option everyday. I still haven’t joined a gym because of the contracts so if yours doesn’t have a contract then I would say go for it!

  39. I’ve been a member of a women’s-only gym for about two and a half years. I pay $54/month, and I really like it. Like your’s, it has a pool, full work out room with free weights and machines, group exercise classes (including spinning and yoga, plus tons more), and access to personal trainers at a really reasonable price. They also run seasonal, special-interest classes like trekking, triathelon training, ski season prep, etc. I like that it’s a women’s only facility since there’s not that flirtation element, plus it’s so supportive. I definitely recommend joining a gym – especially since it’s on your way home from work. (that’s the only thing my gym is missing – it’s in the opposite direction!)

    Good luck with the decision!

  40. I’m not a member of a gym – I live in the middle of nowhere, so I’d have to drive 20mins to get to it! Cheaper and quicker just to run really 🙂 But if I had a good one near, I’d definetly join!

  41. Pumpkin oats are so filling between the oats and the fiber from the pumpkin. But I love them!

    I recently joined a gym for the first time. I could use my college’s gym for free too but like you, I hate it. I’m not going to the gym to impress someone with how I look you know? So I pay a good bit for my gym but it’s worth it to me.

  42. You should join! Especially with no enrollment fee or contract – that’s usually where they get you! I belong to Golds Gym and pay about $35 a month. I love having it as an option, especially when it’s yucky outside. The classes are fun and I love having the variety of cardio and weight machines for cross training.

  43. I pay $33 for my gym membership, but that’s significantly lower than their current rate. (My gym freezes your rate at whatever your enrollment rate was. Because of this I still have the student discount and “pre-expansion” rate from when I joined 4 years ago.) I would say anything under $50 is reasonable.

    I would suggest asking if they offer any sort of student discount like my gym offers.

    I think the gym membership is totally worth it. I love the classes (it’s primarly what I use my membership for), and having alternatives to running especially when the weather is crappy.

  44. I pay $165 a month, which I know is a lot, but I justify it in that I go 6 out of 7 days a week, and I take a lot of the classes there (pilates, yoga, spin, body strength, etc.)–It is my oasis!

  45. I’ve asked this very same question on my blog…last summer in fact. After coming back from a 3 week vacation in Europe I was looking around at some gyms that weren’t on the college campus where I work. Unfortunately, the price and quality was just too good to give up. At my college gym, I pay $70/term or rougly $23/month. At any of the local gyms I really liked it was more like $50+ per month and not quite as accessible as the one in which I can just pop over to on my lunch hour.

    So I guess $50/month just seemed crazy when my gym now is bigger, has better machines, is half that price and has great hours.

  46. Hi! I think this is my first time commenting but I wanted to give my opinion. I’ll be dealing with the same dilemma in May or June since I’m on my parents’ membership but the cut off age is 23 and I just turned 24. I plan on having my own membership once my parents’ membership expires and I look at it this way: A membership at my gym is $210 a month and a day pass is around $7 (I think). I would only have to go to the gym 30 times in one year to in order to make up $210 if I were spending $7 per visit. I don’t know how much it costs to be a member at your gym, but that’s something I would take into consideration.

    Love your blog 🙂

  47. I go back and forth on whether a gym is worth it. I mean really a few weights at home can take care of weight lifting for me…and I can do yoga and other DVD’s. So I think it just depends on if it provides you some extra motivation to work out or not

  48. I just wrote a blog post about the pros and cons of the gym vs. home/outdoor workouts:

    http://beeskneeslife.blogspot.com/2010/02/to-gym-or-not-to-gym.html

    I currently pay $37 and get $20 credit if I go 12 times a month with my health insurance, so it’s actually really affordable right now. I think the most I would pay is $40.

    Currently, I rely on the gym for the winter months. There are some hardcore runners and bikers around here who train in the sub zero temps, but it’s a little too extreme for me. I try to get one outdoor run in a week during the coldest months.

  49. Ah, I have a good gym story and a horror story. Luckily, yours doesn’t have contracts. The first gym my friend suckered me into joining DID. And when the bf was laid off I couldn’t afford it any more. They started calling me at work, telling my co-workers EVERYTHING, calling me (exact words) stupid and childish and “why don’t I act like an adult and do something about this mess I created”. Then even asked one girl who answered the phone while I was on lunch if she was “lying to cover for me” and “did she think I was a bad girl or a good girl, because THEY KNEW i was a bad girl”. It was just horrible.

    The gym I’m at now is $10 a month, which is incredibly cheap I think. It’s pretty basic, no pool. But they have tanning and a BUNCH of free weights and cardio machines and circuit training. I love it, even sans pool.

  50. i say JOIN! just make it worth it, once you start going regularly you will love it. I couldn’t agree more about university gyms being flirtation central! I hate that about my gym.

  51. If there are no enrollment fees and no contract I would say definitely joint for at least a month. If you find yourself not going then quit. I currently pay $80 a month for my gym’s limited membership (I can only go on weekends) and I am kicking myself so hard for signing a contract. Once it ends I will definitely quit. I think anymore than $60 is way too much to pay.

  52. I have a gym membership but that is one of those things that is important to me. I just feel like variety a gym offers is worth the cost. With that said, I still think you can get plenty of awesome workouts without a gym! Ultimately I would say if you can swing it finacially then do it but if not…not a huge loss. Keep us posted on what you decide!

  53. I go to my local Y and it’s $35 per month, which I think is very reasonably priced. I really like having the option to cross-train whenever I want. When I get into hardcore marathon training this summer I will probably cancel it, though.

  54. There is something about my obsession with 24 hour fitness that prevents me from enjoying any other work out facility – regardless of price!
    I pay $60/month to be a member but the best part about it is that I FORCE myself to go to the gym mainly because I will waste money if I don’t go! AND I can use them ALL over the country – even on vacation! 🙂

    Love your blog!

  55. I think mine was around $60 a month….but it encourages me to go (during the winter months). In the summer I don’t have a membership as I prefer training outdoors 🙂

  56. I just joined my mom’s membership last night! It was going to cost an arm and a leg to get an individual membership but now I’m only paying $25 to be on my mom’s. That membership allows me to go to any YMCA which is perfect for me. At the YMCA in my town, I was paying $30 a month for a college monthly membership (it didn’t automatically renew) and I was only allowed to go to that particular YMCA. To me, that was not worth it.
    It looks to me like you have a lot of really good reasons to join. You didn’t mention how much it would cost; however, I feel like it would be worth it to you. Especially since you’re not training for anything specific right now.

  57. look around for planet fitness in your area…if you dont’ care much about it being fancy (just want the free weights and additional equipment) it’s 10 dollars per month and 20 if you want to bring a free guest…i’d do the 10 dollars if you find one in your area.

    if you don’t have planet fitness, i say join the gym. i would rather dish out the money to be happy and satisfied with my fitness routine as opposed to frustrated. my school gym used to be DISGUSTING. they had no classes, it was small (i’m talking 2 treadmills) and when it was busy you always had to wait to use a machine. eventually i gave up and just bought a membership to a gym. they just recently renovated my gym so now i take spin twice a week, lift a couple of times a week in addition to running outside, using the elliptical and step machiens.

    also consider the type of equipment…i judge a gym by how nice the equipment is…the cardio equipment at my school gym has flat screen tvs with sattelite tv attached….dreadmill…i think not! haha 🙂 good luck!

  58. wow reading all these prices! UGHH!! mine is a “discounted” rate of $155 a month.. in new york city. it is a super nice gym with spa and everything too. but still!

  59. I was a member of a gym when I lived at home with my parents (aka it was free for me) and it was amazing. It is my favorite place to go when I visit home because of all the resources it provides. I also really like a gym atmosphere, I find it just makes me want to work harder.
    As for school gyms, well, I am like you and I like to sweat. I figure that is what I am there for. I can’t stand people who wear makeup and go just to do 15mins on the elliptical and then flirt with someone. That is how my school gym was and I despised it.
    I feel like you got a good feel for the gym you tested out and your pros significantly outweigh the cons ($), so I would tell you to just go for it!
    Jenn

  60. You can check Costco or other warehouse stores for discounted gym memberships – someone above mentioned the $300 for 2 years, so that’s less than $20 bucks a month! 🙂

  61. I definitely vote to JOIN! I belong to a gym and its worth every penny. I have the opportunity to add more variety to my workouts and have made great friends there. It’s become a meeting spot for our training runs. Gyms are all different, but if you’ve enjoyed your trial weeks, then it’ll surely be worth it to join.

  62. I say join, your pros list is bigger than your cons. it’s esp. nice when its too cold or too hot to run outside.

  63. I work at a Bally Total Fitness gym and our member signup rate right now is $27/month. I think that is very cheap considering all the stuff we have to offer, but the gym you’ve been going to sounds really awesome too! Personally, i wouldn’t spend more than $50/month for a gym. For about $1.50/day, I think it’s worth it for all the classes, pool, machines, and serious atmosphere!

  64. I’m in the same predicament right now. Although, no gym is actually convenient to where I live…

    I guess you’ve at least got that to your advantage. It seems as though it’s pretty conveniently located for you. That’s always a plus. 🙂

  65. My gym (Fitness First in Australia) costs about $70 I think per month (like $60 US?), and I can use the membership at any Fitness First in the world, which is pretty cool. It sounds expensive compared to others on here, but it’s pretty standard – the lowest one I’ve found is $50 p/m for a suburban YMCA. Plus Fitness First is JACKED – classes, lots of machines, fancy surrounds, saunas, steam rooms, etc. And it’s close to everything – if your gym is far away (like UCF), you won’t use it!

    It’s so worth it! I’d easily blow $70 a month on BEER, so I say a gym is definitely worth the money. I don’t think of it as an extravagance at all, but a necessity.

  66. I know what you mean about the money…but I decided that since fitness is such a big part of my life that I really wanted to join a gym! It’s so nice to have plenty of workout options and equipment to use…the weights are really the best part to me! Its good to incorporate them with all the cardio I do! I’d recommend joining the gym if you’re able to! 🙂

  67. Totally join the gym! If you can join one that your friends go to also, you will probably enjoy it more. Working out is a huge part of my life so I look at is like an investment. I live in NYC…. land of outrageously over priced everything. I paid $200 enrollment fee and I pay $120 month for the membership. It’s expensive, but it was the cheapest option I found at the time and don’t regret it at all!

  68. I recently joined a gym. Near my house there’s a free one that is run off donations, sort of as a place for kids and teens to hang out, and it’s nice and all, but it aggravates me. So, I joined a gym in the same town as my school (about an hour away, but it works out on school days) for $45 a year. It’s a small church gym, but all the equipment is great and they have several group exercise classes and a SHOWER!! (which is important, because I go before class) I say go for it!

  69. I’d say join, particularly since it opens up so many more options while your knee is hurting. Of course, keep in mind that this is coming from someone who was on swim teams off and on for about ten years…

    I’m a member of 24 Hour Fitness and love it. I paid no initiation fees and only pay $30 per month. Considering how often I use it (anywhere from three to eight times a week), it is a great price. Plus, I love that I can arrive and decide if I want to swim, or run, weight-lift or take a TKB class!

  70. i love my gym, its a local gym that has all the ususal cardio, weights, and classes…it doesn thave a pool but i tend to be grossed ot by public pools lol and i pay 25, its not one of those fancy gyms like the locker rooms look like high school locker rooms but iam just their to workout and get ot so it fit smy style, i think the cost for a gym depends on you and well your situation but for people in general i think over 70 is to much but for college students i think the 25 to 60 range is workable good lick wth your decesion!

  71. I’m a member of a gym but as soon as I upgraded from my month by month membership to a full year I started running and now barely use it. I’m paying $50 a month for nuthin. I plan to go back more often after my half mary next weekend when I won’t be training for anything in particular.

  72. As a college student, I’d say stay at your already paid for (in tuition) UCF gym and join an outside gym once you graduate/ have steady income coming. Yes, getting checked out while sweating up a storm or lifting weights isn’t fun at all, but as a person with limited income (me)….I can’t afford anything else! You have the rest of your life to pay, per month, for a gym. Live it up in the college atmosphere while you can!!

  73. I paid $70 to enroll plus first month’s fee which was $30.

    Then I added my SO a few months later (no enrollment fee on him).

    That’s $50 a month. $30 for me, $20 for him.

    Pretty cheap considering the gyms in my area. The nicest one has a sauna, hot tub, huge pool, steam room, massive locker rooms, tons of machines, and even more classes. It’s $75 a month per person.

    My gym now? Tiny locker rooms, 8 treadmills, no classes, and not much room for free weights. Best thing about it is it’s about 5 steps from my office door. We’re in the same building!

  74. wow, i pay A LOT for my gym compared to most people!!!

    if it is convenient and you will use it, join. with no contract you have nothing to lose if you decide it doesn’t work out. i view my gym membership like a visit to the doctor. the mental and physical benefits i get from working out are worth the cost.

  75. I wouldn’t join a gym if I lived in Florida. You can run outside (no snow!) and if you want XT you can go to the gym on campus. You pay a “membership” to your campus gym by tuition, so I would take advantage of that. Besides, -all- gyms have those people that spend more time talking and less time working, so it won’t change by going off campus. It’s true!

  76. I pay $38/month for my gym membership and it is worth every penny. I go 5-6 days/week. I go at 5 AM, when running isn’t an option outside – that is the only time I have to get my runs in with 2 kids at home. Also, the weather in Ohio stinks. Way too much snow to run outside right now. Gym has been my savior.

  77. […] 2, 2010 by MegaNerd A couple of days ago, I wrote about whether or not I should join the local gym. It’s been a week since I have worked out there, and I kind of miss […]

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