Have you been on the fence about getting a gym membership? I know it can seem like a bit of an indulgence, especially with all of the amazing DVDs, free online videos, and home workout equipment available, but trust me – nothing beats the gym experience.
After committing myself to the fitness lifestyle for over a decade and dedicating my career to the fitness industry for over the past five years, I can assure you: the most successful people (in terms of achieving health and fitness goals) are members of a gym, community centre, YMCA, or studio. For realsies.
I am not here to push any particular company, or debate the virtues of a large gym vs small studio – that’s a different article entirely.
And honestly, it makes absolutely no difference to me as an instructor what gym you sign with, because I don’t run my own fitness biz! I’m independently contracted by gyms and therefore am happy to leave the hustling to them! #sorrynotsorry
My goal here is to make you seriously consider investing in your health, nay, your QUALITY OF LIFE by sharing with you why I think getting a gym membership is one of the smartest things you could do.
You Will Actually Work Out
Take it from me – the only place in the world you are guaranteed to work out is at the gym.
You can spend your life savings on the best home gym equipment; you can have subscriptions to the best online streaming yoga/fitness websites; and you can even drop your kids off at a friends’ house so you’re by yourself. Ultimately, the call of your email, the laundry, the dishwasher – good goddess, ANYTHING to distract you from the task at hand (in this case, exercising) will pique your attention and suddenly seem all-too-important.
Even if you have absolutely no plan, once you’re dressed and in the gym, you will have no choice but to hammer it out either on the track, on a machine, or better yet – a group fitness class!
However you slice it, getting a gym membership is just smart financially, PROVIDED YOU USE IT, OF COURSE.
Assuming your membership is to a modern, high-tech gym (most chains are), you can be confident that your equipment will always be the latest and greatest, the classes are always fresh, and the toys – oh the toys! Stability balls galore, medicine balls, tubing of all kinds, the TRX, and of course, dumbbells and weight plates of every single weight imaginable. It’s a health junkie’s candy land (eye candy included!).
Also, most memberships include group fitness classes FOR FREE – this alone is worth the investment. Even if you don’t attend all of the classes (and nobody expects you to), attending classes 2-3 times a week will make you go broke if you pay on a drop-in basis. Heck, if you find you’re going to a facility at least once a week, I would recommend you step it up, commit to your health, and get yourself a membership.
Time = Money
I love this saying, because it’s so flexible. It applies to everything, and it definitely applies here. Simply put, money talks and you’re more likely to dedicate time to endeavours where money is at stake. Since you’ll have already invested the money, you are that much more likely to invest your time.
There’s something special about being part of a community of like-minded folks. Even if you feel like you have nothing in common with your fellow gym-goers, the fact is, you ALL thought it would be good investment of time and money to join that particular gym, and you are all working towards improving your lives via the fitness route. That, to me, speaks volumes about your work ethic and your priorities!
If you attend classes regularly, you are bound to see the same faces again and again and make some awesome new friends.
Most, if not all, gyms and studios participate in community events and regularly host fundraisers – participate! Make a difference! You might even get a free T-shirt or personal training package out of it 🙂
Resources and Education
If you’re looking for legit fitness advice, maybe some nutritional consulting, or looking to expand your knowledge and skills by attending a workshop, the gym, studio, or community centre is the place to look.
On top of the fact that they usually have really interesting magazines, pamphlets, and brochures lying around, you’re in a prime location to chat up the people who have access to the best health and wellness information.
If there’s a new fitness trend, your gym is likely to feature it at some point. Workshops, demos, special events – let’s just say, they’re not coming to your house! Being a member of a gym or studio is the single best way to keep your foot in the fitness door.
No, I’m not suggesting you interrupt people between sets, but I can’t begin to tell you how many job referrals, sales, friendships, and marriages result from cultivating relationships that started at the gym!
Be aware that the majority of people attending your facility probably live or work in close proximity to you – otherwise, why would they be there? These people aren’t just random bodies, these are members of your community!
Smile. Connect. Cultivate. And while you’re at it, make sure to work up a serious sweat!
From small, boutique studio, to multi-million dollar gym, I have worked at them all. And guess what – they are all awesome in their own ways! No matter what kind of person you are, there is a community of fit bodies just waiting for you.
Stay fit and sassy!