“The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger
Should you pay for a gym membership? Is this actually worth the money?
Last week we talked about squeezing fitness into your life. I shared my tips and you guys joined in with some great insights.
“I started doing 10 push-ups every time I walked out my front door. I would do them inside obviously. But the rule was, If I planned on walking through that door frame, I had to drop and do 10 first. After a while I raised it to 15. Before I knew it my strength had increased significantly.” — Sean
“Very true. If you want to do something bad enough you will MAKE the time to do it or else you find any excuse to skip it Staying healthy is necessary for vitality and living a long life not to mention saving money on medical bills and sickness which are inevitable without it. However, fitness is only one part of it you also have to eat healthy most of the time.” — Kelly
Now we need to discuss gym memberships…
Forces you to go. You know this by now. When you pay for something, there’s a barrier to entry and you take it more seriously. Paying for something often makes you appreciate it more. I can’t miss a workout for the same reason I never missed class. It’s my money on the line!
You make friends. I’ve made tons of friends at the gym. This could be the person that spots you or a new friend that you meet in one of the classes. Once you make friends, you’re more accountable for hitting the gym. You know that if you miss a class or a workout, that somebody is going to call you out on this.
Oh and you have more friends to go out with on the weekend!
Excuse to leave the house. Who doesn’t want to leave the house once in a while just to get away from it all? I never drink when I’m mad. I hit the gym. The gym is an excellent excuse to get out of your place and be social.
The cost. The cost sucks if you don’t use it. Imagine buying a meal and then walking away before taking a bite? That’s what you’re doing with a gym membership if you don’t attend.
Gyms don’t make money from those that go. They make money from those that don’t go. My buddy Vince came to my gym one day. He wanted to start training. He paid for one year upfront. Awesome! Well, no. He never came again. That gym just made the easiest couple of hundred bucks ever.
You don’t need a gym to workout. As we mentioned last week, you don’t need a formal gym membership just to train and move. You can workout in your basement, at the park, or anywhere else. Don’t worry about joining a gym. If you’re committed enough, you can reach your fitness goals without paying for a membership.
In 2008, I cut my gym membership at the end of the year. I didn’t feel that it was worth the money at that point.
I joined a new gym in mid-2009 because I really wanted to switch up my training. It was an MMA-style gym with unlimited classes. I became hooked instantly. I got into everything from kickboxing to kettlebell swings. The classes were a great way to stay in shape and meet people. I still go when I can, but the gym has significantly cut back on classes. I guess they had too many folks like me taking advantage of every class.
My process is simple for deciding if a gym membership is worth it:
I’m actually debating cutting my main gym membership. The main boxing trainer left and the replacements don’t cut it. The only thing holding me to this gym is my younger brother. We usually go together. Lately we only train one day a week together because he has a gym class in school for his first period (he’s in grade 11). With the summer around the corner, we might switch over to park workouts.
Are you currently paying for a gym membership?
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