Hi was just reading some comments on my other thread (Titled: Things you do) and some people mentioned they go to the gym. I guess a lot of people do.
I've never been to a gym. Never had membership.
What are some recommendations?
Do all gyms have a contract? Can you pay as you go?
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03-06-2016 10:46 #1Senior Member
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03-06-2016 10:47 #2
Subbing. I want to give it a go next year.
03-06-2016 12:16 #3
I've never had a gym membership, however, I have gone to the gym a couple of times as a casual, if you just walk into a gym, they can give you a casual pass to use machines, weights room, etc.. I've also had "classes only" passes to gyms. Where I paid for say 10 yoga classes or 10 Pilates classes or similar. It was from having the pass to just go to classes that motivated me to try the actual gym equipment. It wasn't for me..
I hope that helps!
03-06-2016 12:59 #4
As a first timer I would avoid signing up to a contract. Gym is not for everyone! Also the culture in some gyms can be really off putting.
I would arrange a tour a local gym and then purchase a casual pass as mentioned by pp. that way you can go a few times get a feel for the gym and the culture before making a bigger commitment.
Other than there are definitely gyms where you pay an upfront membership fee then a weekly payment with no contract term. Make sure you read the fine print though as usually you still need to give notice when you want to stop going and they may not offer the ability to suspend if you go away on holidays. Usually these types of arrangements are more expensive across the year than a contract - but you should get more flexibility in return.
03-06-2016 13:19 #5
Gyms are not for me though they seem very popular! I would definitely try before you sign up for anything. My dh has wasted lots of money on memberships and then never gone. He gets caught up in the hype and thinks gyms are where it's at with exercise. But I think he is better off in a more social environment - like classes. I prefer classes (ie. Dancing) - pretty much anything that makes you forget your exercising.
03-06-2016 13:41 #6
Have a tour and see what you think. If you need to sign up then make sure that it's only for a short time (eg 2 months) so that you're not committed to payments for 12+ months. Most memberships will be a fee per month and you can come as often as you like and attend any and all classes unless the classes are specifically not listed. The bulk of classes would be included though (eg body pump, cycle/rpm, body attack). They can be a little intimidating at first if you're not used to the environment but once you realise that the majority of the people in there are focussed on their own workout and not paying attention to anyone else. When I first started going to the gym I was obese and terrified by the prospect so would go during the quieter times. All I did was walk on a treadmill and lost 17kg doing just that. Walking/running on a treadmill is different to normal working though so it's good to have the mindset that the first few times you go is just about getting used to a machine, not about walking out an Olympic athlete!
03-06-2016 13:54 #7Senior Member
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Thanks for responses...
The only time I've stepped foot in any gym was when I was a cleaner lol
I do prefer natural excersing (eg outside walking, dancing etc) but I've put on some weight
I don't want to go where there's heaps of people and gym-junkies.. Lol
And nights (24 hour ones) are best..
I'd probably only go twice a week to start with anyway..
03-06-2016 14:02 #8
I have a love hate relationship with the gym. For 6-12 months I love it, get sick of it, and have a 12 months break. Then start again the next year 😂.
The positives -
a good gym is always open, rain, hail or shine. You can still workout when it's cold/rainy/too hot etc.
Once you've made the effort to get there, you'll workout. Rather than trying to get motivated to workout at home, if you are in the gym what else do you do?
They have a crèche. If you have young babies/children it's a god send. Drop them off and have an hour of time to yourself.
Most gyms have a range of classes to suit all tastes so you shouldn't get bored too quickly.
For me I usually do my own workouts using weights and equipment, having had personal trainer for several years I know enough to make my own workouts up. But the classes are great for when I am lacking motivation etc
03-06-2016 14:05 #9
Sorry forgot negatives -
You have to use the gym to get your money's worth. At least 1-2 times every week. So many people stop going but are either locked into a contract or have paid for a year in advance so it's wasted money.
Gyms can get very busy during peak hours and you may not be able to use your preferred equipment etc.
Pick your gym wisely, some are better than others. Shop around and ask for a tour. Most will give you a free casual pass so you can try before you buy etc.
03-06-2016 14:33 #10Senior Member
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I have been a member for about 16 years. I was a gym junkie and now I'm just a mum who enjoys going.
Smaller gyms, rather than the larger chains may let you pay as you go, or let you buy a 10-visit pass or what not.
Go to a few gyms and suss them out. Ask the instructors straight up if it's a show-Offy gym. I've just recently started at a new one and although the trainer/owner is a beefcake, everyone is lovely.
Don't give up after 1 or 2 sessions. Go for a month. See how you feel and how much you enjoy it then.
It can be lots of fun and can be a great social network for mums with small kids if you go to morning classes.
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