The Evil Empire

25 Jan

Okay, so maybe they aren’t so evil. And maybe it isn’t quite an empire. What am I talking about? Well, the gym of course. Not just any gym either, but this baby.

Image courtesy of Venture Beat.

Except, the Philadelphia – Walnut Street version isn’t nearly so nice. Or clean. Or large. In fact, it’s almost scary and at 5:30 there was someone on EVERY SINGLE MACHINE in the place. Hm.

I have to admit, I have heard mixed reviews (about gyms in general, that is). All my life, I’ve been quite adverse to being a gym-goer. I’m not entirely sure what it is about gyms that causes me to shriek and run in the opposite direction. The flourescent lights? The aversion to sweating? The monthly commitment? The cost? The plethora of people more in shape than I am? Or, perhaps it is merely just the feeling of everyone staring at you. Yikes.

Well, whatever it is, after reading The Hungry Runner’s post about treadmills and seeing the weather report this morning I knew I was going to have to change my mindset. If I’m going to stick with this training I’ve either got to miraculously become a morning person so I can start running in the daylight, or get a gym membership. I think the latter sounds like a much more enjoyable – and likely – idea, no?

Psst – in case you’re wondering, here it was earlier today:

Now, I know that for some of you that little “Feels Like: 5 degrees” probably means nothing. But, for Philadelphians – and this former Floridian in particular – that is akin to freezing your tuckus off. Yea, I just said tuckus. Get over it.

So, despite feeling a little like I was dragging myself despite my every desire, I made a trip into the dreaded Bally Total Fitness this evening. I sat down and talked with them about their different monthly options. And the moral of the story? If you want a membership for less than two months, then, well, forgeddaboutit. We’re waiting to find out if we’re going to move a few miles away next month and, should that end up being the case, the last thing I want is to be committed to a gym down here. There’s another gym that would be around the corner from our potential future home, with a cuter name (Rit Fit) and homier atmosphere. The membership cost is a little higher, but it’d be worth it. That is, if we end up living over there. Yikes, what a mess! Such a decision. I think – at least for me – I’m going to have to wait this one out. Figure out where we’re living, then commit so I don’t end up throwing my money to the wind (which is, for the record, not quite as fun as “throwing caution to the wind”).

What about you? Are you a gym-goer? Was it as big of an “issue” for you as it is for me, or was there an obvious choice?

Psssst – Skinny Runner is giving away a pair of Yurbuds Ironman Series headphones. And duuuude, these things look sweet. Tailored specifically to fit your ears, could they get any cooler? You don’t want to miss out on this giveaway. Check it here. That is, if I don’t win them first (muahahah, just kidding).


One Response to “The Evil Empire”


  1. Sweat « Fitladelphia - January 27, 2011

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