I posed a question to the twitterverse the other evening about Planet Fitness gyms. I haven't been a member at a gym for a few years now, instead working out at home (mostly running) and taking Pure Barre classes. I know, I still need to write a post on these. It's coming, one day, I promise!
When I first moved to Houston I joined an expensive boutique gym at the prodding of my roommate. I began by taking Sunday yoga classes with her, which cost $10/week, and eventually realized I should just pay the $49/month to have full access to the place. But I was locked into a 2 year contract and then moved all the way across Houston before the two years was up. In case you don't know, Houston is HUGE. I tried going back a few times but basically just made monthly donations to their fat pockets until my contract ran out. It was still cheaper than canceling early.
However, I'm beginning to see the allure of a joining gym again. First, I miss using machines and lifting weights. At home, I have two 5-lb weights and B has this contraption where you can change the weight with a click of a button. But this thing starts at 10 lbs (which is pretty much my max) and there is only one of them. If I can't do both arms at the same time it probably isn't going to happen. Just keeping it real, folks.
Secondly, there is a social aspect to a gym. It's nice motivation to go there and see people working hard. When I used to take BodyPump at the Y, you got to know people and if you missed a week then they asked about you. I like that. When I don't put in P90X or JM for a few weeks, they don't ask where I've been. Rude.
Thirdly, my Pure Barre classes don't always fit into my schedule. Especially now that school has started. Even though my lab got out early at 5:30pm last night, I couldn't make it to the studio by 7:00pm for class due to Houston's crazy traffic. If I belong to a gym, then on days when I plan for PB but it doesn't work out, that doesn't have to mean skipping a workout all together. Instead I can just head on over to the gym.
And I'm almost embarrassed to mention the other reason I'm considering Planet Fitness. Yes, it's close to my house. Yes, it's open 24-hours most days. Yes, it's affordable. But you know what else they have? Free tanning beds for Black Card members. And you know what pasty lady is getting married in 2 months? Yup, this girl. I get pretty orange from spray tans (as a few friends can attest to) but tanning beds, despite all their evils, actually turn this pale Irish lass into an almost-bronze beauty. And I would only do it until the wedding - then no more. I'm not trying to get skin cancer or leathery skin, y'all.
So I did what any normal girl would do. I took the gym for a test drive.
Lots of #selfiepride going on here. Especially in that last picture when a homegirl walked in as the camera when "click" and totally caught me. Note to self, turn the phone on silent so the selfies aren't as obvious.
And then when I got home I did the next natural thing. Ordered new shoes.
I love these shoes but feel like the white is a little in your face with leggings and/or my nearly translucent legs. Maybe when I have a tan I'll feel differently?
Do you belong to a gym? Have a gym membership story to share? I'd love to hear it before I sign my life away!
PS - Our Follow Thru Friday link-up starts tomorrow! Hope you come join us as we share what we're going to follow through in 2014.