I am pleased to announce that I have a New Gym.
First, a quick update: I did receive a courteous and professional response to my note to The Power That Be at my old gym, ATC Fitness. He explained that all existing or former members are required to pay the sign-up fees as their previous contracts expire. It’s not a penalty so much as a new way of billing that results in a lower monthly fee. And it does. The $15 monthly fee is about half what I paid under my previous enrollment. That’s a little more palatable than the shoulder-shrug response I got from the desk clerk last week.
But I had already started touring other gyms, and I was curious about what else was available. So I kept looking. You’ll remember that my only parameter was that my eventual choice be within easy walking/biking distance from my house. What a surprise to find so many candidates:
My primary focus for now is strength training and cardio workouts, but I do like to shake things up now and then. ATC has the standard cardio stuff (upright bikes, recumbents, treadmills, ellipticals, and stair climbers), circuit machines, and free weights. Oh, and they have a stability ball, a few mats, and some resistance cords. In other words, the essentials. (Excluding the tanning beds, which I think are ridiculous for a business that’s supposed to be focused on health.) Still, I accomplished a lot while I was there, so no regrets!
Almost all of the other gyms I toured had the standard equipment and more: BOSU balls, multiple stability balls, medicine balls, cardio steps, workout mats, rowing machines, cross-ramps, and so on and so on. Most also had pools and group classes.
In the end, I decided to go with 24-Hour Fitness. I had the opportunity to work out there on Wednesday, and I felt completely comfortable. I was impressed not only with the staff, but with the friendly customers as well. It seems to be a fairly diverse clientele, with respect to age, gender, size, fitness level, etc., which I find appealing.
I was able to take advantage of a $0 initiation fee program and a discount for paying for a year up front. When all of that’s netted together, I’ll end up paying about $8/month more (about the cost of one lunch out) than I would’ve paid at ATC, but I’ll have access to many more workout options and more locations when I travel. Oh, and I get 3 free sessions with a trainer! Woo-hoo! Plus, if/when I’m ready, I can take spinning and yoga classes without going elsewhere and paying extra!
I’m not even thinking about the p-o-o-l yet.
I’m so excited! This is definitely feeling like a lemons-to-lemonade situation, and while I still have the ‘squish belly’, I do NOT have the blues. I thoroughly enjoyed my workout yesterday (Yaay BOSU ball squats!), and I’m looking forward to working out again on Friday. Thanks to the BOSU reunion and a 10-mile bike ride today, my legs say tomorrow is a rest day.
Oh, and speaking of my bike ride, I passed a trail area called Turtle Bayou today and caught a glimpse of the Turtle Bayou Mass Transit System in action:
If you look in the upper left section of the photo, you can see the log stop where more passengers are waiting. (larger photo)
I love Spring!