I’ve had my gym membership for years. I had phases where I went regularly, then other times, not so much. Whenever I fell off the bandwagon, I felt that I was wasting money. I contemplated quitting my membership many, many times. For some reason, a little nagging voice in my head kept me from doing that, though. I was sure that as soon as I quit, I would want to go to the gym again. In a way, I was trying to trick my motivation into kicking back in by guilt-tripping myself for paying for something I wasn’t using. It mostly worked. When I started running outdoors 3 years ago, I again contemplated if it was time to quit the gym membership. I wasn’t going to classes, I surely could do weight exercises at home. But, I never did. I decided that I should probably keep the membership and incorporate it back into my workout routine. I was locked into a pretty affordable price, and there were just too many advantages to having access to the gym.
I know, I know, I am opening a can of worms here. I know a lot of people are not big fans of the gym. I have to admit that I have come to LOVE my outdoor runs more than I ever thought I would, but there is something awesome about the gym, too. (I know, there are also a lot of negative things, but let’s focus on the good today, yes?)
1. I love that I have all kinds of different workout machines at my fingertips. As much as I would love to have a treadmill at home (to run on those days, when the weather doesn’t permit to run outside, or during the winter month when I just don’t feel comfortable running alone in the dark in the early mornings or at night), I do love the fact that at the gym, I can choose from different workout machines. Besides the treadmill, I can occasionally jump on the stationary bike or the lateral elliptical (which helps build muscular endurance and hip strength ← my week spot).
2. I love saving water at home by taking showers at the gym. Yes, my shower is nicer than the shower at the gym, but really, I am paying a monthly fee for the access, I might as well use it.
3. I love having access to weights, medicine balls, ropes, and other exercise equipment. I know that even if I had weights at home, I’d be pretty bad with at-home workouts. I mean, I haven’t seriously tried working out at home, but I have a feeling that I would find more excuses than not. Once I am at the gym, there are no excuses.
4. I love having access to different gym classes. I took my first yoga class at our local gym. While the gym might not offer all the specialized classes that a proper yoga studio would, I’ve come to like my instructor and I am getting a lot out of this class. Since it’s a cross-training activity for me, not my main focus, I am very happy with it. I also tried other cardio classes before and want to try a spin class or a body flow class next.
5. I actually love going to the gym in the morning and seeing so many people active at an ungodly hour. For someone like me, who always claimed to be not-a-morning-runner, it’s super-motivating to see other people working out early in the morning as well.
Do you have a gym membership? Do you like the gym?