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27 Jan

After my gym debacle, I found out about a local gym (named “Sweat“) that offers a free 7-day trial. And who can say no to free? Once we move in two weeks across town it will be about two blocks from my house (too convenient to say I can’t go). Plus, the gym’s website was super sweet (go check it out here). So today, I showed up and, after a brief tour, started out changing in the locker room. I hopped on the treadmill afterward for a brief 3-miler and then headed home.

Here are my thoughts so far:

The pros –

  • lots of machines
  • no problem getting machines – then again, I was there at non-rush hour on the snowiest day of the year
  • convenient location, right on Walnut Street

The cons –

  • the locker room… (it was pretty gross)
  • cost – super expensive (almost twice as much) compared to other local gyms
  • not that many great classes, plus they said they fill up quickly

[Sources: Sweat Fitness]

The consensus? Undecided. I will say this though – their gym? Looked nothing like the pictures. Ahhh, isn’t that always the way? I didn’t take any pictures because I didn’t want them to know think I was a super freak. I usually like to take my time with letting that cat out of the bag. Though they might have gotten an inkling when I waltzed outside post-workout in my running shorts and snow boots. I was completely aware that I looked ridiculous, but I wasn’t risking the disease infestation of that bathroom again to change back into my pants. Plus, I was hot. Who wants to put back on pants after a run? Anyway, imagine this combination (you know you like it):

[Sources: shorts, boots]

And yes, apparently I own the same snow boots Kristen Stewart wears in New Moon. I’m obsessed, but not that obsessed to have known that… until now. Suddenly I feel infinitely cooler.

Anyway, enough about my weird dress choices and obsessions with teeny-bopper flicks. So, I suspect after the next six days are up I’ll be headed to the other local gym to see if I can’t get a trial there as well. Or, at the very least, buy a week pass there so I can give it a fair shot.

What about you? Have you ever had to run a gym comparison or was there an obvious choice? Were you giving it as much pain-staking thought as I seem to be?


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?

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