A while back, I purchased a daily deal for a one-month gym pass at half price. I had been wanting to get more cardio in my schedule and with the pain in my legs going down, I thought I was ready for it. And I was! I got to use it in March. And I loved it!
I loved it too much actually, because now I don't want to stop! But the question "Is it worth it?" keeps nagging me and preventing me from full-heartedly commiting to their plan. I only have a few more days to decide before they revoke their offer of a reduced rate ($10 less per month).
The benefits: it's on my route to/from work and easy to get to, never have to wait for a machine, doesn't feel crowded, it's clean.
The things that keep me from joining: the monthly fee and the classes aren't included with basic membership (and right now the classes don't really fit in with my schedule).
I could sign up for another gym for much less, but it's just a little out of the way. They have more classes, but they are often crowded during the evening hours when I would most likely go.
What is important to me in a gym? Well, for starters it has to be affordable. I don't want to feel a financial pinch or pain because I need to go to said gym. Secondly, it needs to be easy to get to. I'd prefer if I didn't need to drive to it everytime I wanted to go because I really just don't like driving. The third thing on my list would be the equipment they have: do they have the machines I like to use, or the supplies I use when doing my physical therapy exercises? Do I have to wait to use them?
I was hoping that in writing out my thoughts it would become clear to me if I should join this gym or keep looking but it hasn't. I could make it work financially. But again I have to ask, "Is it really worth it?"
What do you like or look for in a gym? What made you join/get a membership? Any regrets?