I never did end up joining the gym to which I had the free pass. It's a very nice gym, barely 1-year old L.A Fitness but the price tag was quadruple that of my previous gym. The $199 initiation fee didn't sit right with me but I'm sure running that pool isn't cheap. I had a bit of an uneasy feeling when I was talking to the sales manager about the costs and fees and thought better of handing him my credit card.
Sometimes listening to that little voice really pays off because I got a card in the mail from another local gym. The American Bodyworks that is about 6 minutes from here just reopened with a new owner. A former Mr. America took over, he is in the process of re-branding it as Required Fitness (love that name!) To drum up new business he is offering a two-month membership including 4 one-hour personal training sessions for $49.99, no commitment. I couldn't pass it up. I figure if I don't like it, I'll just use my package and move on.
But I like it, I really like it! The small staff is smiling and helpful. It's a really good size space with every bit of equipment you could ever want. No contract, no bull$hit initiation fees. No pool, no germy wet areas, no problem. It is nice not having to pay for amenities that I won't use.
I am officially four workouts into Rachel Cosgrove's The Female Body Breakthrough: The Revolutionary Strength-Training Plan for Losing Fat and Getting the Body You Want I was really nervous as I was reading the workouts but now that I've done each of the first two workouts twice I'm feeling more confident. There is no doubt about it, I love weight lifting workouts. I love not getting on the treadmill or elliptical. Not even for the warm up. It is awesome. (But, but, how can that be good exercise?!? Read the book and you will see the light at the end of the treadmill!)
The plan is 16 weeks long and I'm committing to it from start to finish provided I remain injury free. I have to prioritize my workouts, there is no other way around it. One hour per day spent on planned fitness activity taken out of my sedentary activity budget. I can live with that because that's the only way that I am going to get strong, get fit, stay active and healthy. I can LIVE with it. How about you?