Ever since my physical therapy treatments ended I’ve been trying to figure out how to continue to strengthen my core and build endurance. My plan fell through when the exercise regimen selected turned out to be other than expected.
The two main reasons I determined it wasn’t going to be the fitness answer for me was that it was too much too soon and I knew it would quickly become boring. Despite how great it sounded, the combo pilates/ballet/yoga workout was not a fit.
My doctor suggested two types of exercise regimens to me. Her preferred one is pilates and the second is yoga. After researching the various options in my area, I’ve determined she thinks I have more money than I do. Classes range from $11 – $15 AFTER buying multi-class passes. Otherwise, a single class is $20-30. That alone helped me rule out a lot of fitness providers.
Even with monthly passes the cost is prohibitive with the least expensive coming in at $105 a month. I needed to look at other options.
Home Fitness Options
Some people are very successful with home exercise. It’s fairly inexpensive to buy free weights, exercise DVDs or games and other exercise accessories. A bigger investment would be a treadmill, rower or another piece of equipment.
I’ve bought inexpensive and expensive items without any success. The only exercise program I kept up with was walking when I was training for the then-named San Diego Marathon. Unfortunately, walking as my only method of exercise was one of the factors in my piriformis injury. I know I need more variety and motivation than I can get at home.
Evaluating Gym Memberships
There are three national gyms in my neighborhood. There are other chains within 7-10 miles but having to travel further than 3 miles is a recipe for failure. The three brands are 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness and Chuze.
I belonged to the local 24 hour Fitness previously. It’s the oldest gym in the area and you can tell. I would like to try a different brand for a new experience. Chuze seems like a more basic type of gym. You can $10 a month for just gym access and double that for classes, tanning and hydromassage. I don’t want those last two things and the limited class schedule doesn’t seem worth doubling the price.
LA Fitness is an all-purpose gym with a full class schedule, including mat pilates and yoga, as well as the gym, racketball and child care. I don’t need those last two here either but my friend was successful in negotiating a lower price for removal of these benefits. Many of my co-workers work out here as it’s the closest gym to our office. I may be more likely to go if I know I’ll see a friendly face or we can go together at lunch.
My plan is to make a decision next week. How did you choose the right fitness plan?