I have a confession to make: I’ve been cheating on my 24Hour Fitness gym membership this past week with a new gym.
Yep that’s right, a new gym.
Now, before you go and judge me let me explain myself. And let me also reassure you that I am not actually giving up my 24Hour Fitness membership either, I would be stupid if I did that considering I only pay $50 a year for an all-club membership (yep, perks of being a previous employee).
Anyways, although I have a 24Hour membership that I use 2-3 times a week, and although Alex has a facility at his work where he could get in a decent workout it just wasn’t quite working out for the both of us, ok, it wasn’t totally working out for Alex. I was able to make my membership work for my needs but Alex has really been struggling. If you read his post last week when he hijacked my blog you will know that he has a few goals and is ready to focus on achieving them.
So that led us to this new gym that just opened right up the road from us. It’s called Fitness Connection. Apparently it’s a national chain but it’s new to our area. They have been running a special for $9.95 a month, no contract. We were skeptical at first thinking that maybe there were other fees involved or that you had to pay for classes or the amenities and such but we decided to check it out anyways.
We went this past Sunday and we were pretty much in shock over this gym. I have to say, I’ve seen my fair share of gyms and I’ve worked in quite a few gyms and for several different gym chains and this one is pretty nice. It does help that all the equipment is BRAND NEW but honestly there are some really nice perks about this new gym.
They have racquet ball – this is something that Alex loves to play and it’s what kept him in shape through college. It was a big draw for him and so having that available and at no extra cost was very exciting to him. I actually took a racquet ball class college so I do know how to play and I’m excited to give it a try with him.
Cardio Cinema – this is something that I saw a long time ago at Gold’s gym and I thought it was a brilliant idea. The cardio cinema is a room with a movie theater sized screen and a whole bunch of cardio in the dark. You get to watch a movie while doing your cardio. Brilliant I tell you! I haven’t been in this one yet but I’m really excited to try it out.
Women’s only workout – while the gym doesn’t necessarily scare me all that much I do think that for a lot of women the gym can be intimidating so this is also another really good idea. There is a room adjacent to the women’s locker room that has a full body circuit of machines, some free weights, mats and other equipment and it’s for women ONLY! The women also have their very own cardio cinema room as well!! I haven’t actually worked out in there either yet because it’s always packed but I really like the idea of it, especially the women’s only cardio cinema.
New Equipment – I mentioned this already but seriously, it’s so nice to workout at a gym and not see signs all over the equipment telling you that it’s out of service. On any given day at 24Hour there are usually at least 5-6 pieces of cardio that are being unused due to them not working. I like knowing that if I have speed work that needs to be done there is going to be a treadmill somewhere in the gym, either on the cardio floor, or in one of the cinema rooms that I can use. Another really cool thing is all of the cardio machines have IPod docks! I was able to listen to music from my phone by plugging into the treadmill and it charged it up for me while I was doing that! Free charging anyone?
Working out together – I would say that the best perk of all with our new gym membership is that we get to workout together. I really, really like this and while in the future our schedules might not always work for us to go together we still always have that option, especially on the weekends. It’s nice to be able to share an active lifestyle but still be able to enjoy the things we each like best.
I’m excited to go back tonight for the 3rd night in a row! And I think that my mom will be coming too and hopefully joining as well. I miss spending time with her now that I don’t live with her so this would be a great place for us to meet up in the evenings and take a class together or watch a movie together while working out! ßso freaking cool that you can actually do that!!
Do you have a gym membership? If so why do you like your gym?