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why future fitness will not be getting my money.

I used to look like this:


I was thin and cute. I felt pretty a lot of the time, despite the fact that I didn’t really understand the concept of eyebrow maintenance until I was about 20. Seriously.

Lately, I look more like this:

I’ve gained a significant amount of weight over the past ten years. I feel gross and fat and not nearly so pretty as I used to. It’s annoying, and I want to start taking care of myself again.

Recently, Donna and I each invested in a pair of running shoes. Immediately after purchasing the shoes, I sprained something in my foot, and so after a week of not running, I have to pick it back up again. I decided that instead of just running 3-6 times a week, I wanted to throw in some lap-swimming. I used to swim somewhat competitively when I was younger, and I enjoyed it. I know it’s an exercise routine that could help me, whereas running every day makes me sort of nauseous (which I know is a side effect of not being in shape).

I checked out the local YMCA – a full membership to the Y (which is what I would need to purchase to get access to the pool) costs $160 to join, plus a monthly fee of $46 – just for me. That’s $712 per year, just so I can swim laps twice a week. Yes, I know there is other stuff there: weights and cardio machines and classes galore. But I don’t want that stuff. I just want the pool.

So I called around to local fitness clubs. Before I can even get membership rate information, I have to give them my name and phone number. Then they give me a whole spiel about good exercise routines and the importance of having a fully balance exercise experience. They want to tell me about their clubs, their equipment, their staff and their clientele. Then they want to get me to talk about my goals, my goal dates, my ideas about fitness.

Guess what?

I just want to swim laps. That’s all. I want to pay a small fee to use the pool twice a week so I can swim laps for 45 minutes.

I don’t want a trainer. I don’t want a nutritionist. I don’t want to share equipment with other sweaty people. I don’t want to talk to anyone about my body or their body or my diet or their diet or anything else. I know that perhaps this is not best practice for exercising, however I know my body and what will make me comfortable.

I just want to swim laps.

It doesn’t seem like it should be that hard, really.

Eventually I figured it out: I’m going to get a membership at the county college. Sure, their pool is 25 minutes away (as opposed to the Y or closest gym, which are 10 minutes at most), but it only costs $10 per year, plus a $3/use fee. And there aren’t going to be any bonehead salespeople trying to talk at me when I start going.

Sigh.

14 thoughts on “why future fitness will not be getting my money.”

  1. Your will is so powerful
    that if you make up your
    mind to do anything and
    do not waver, but simply
    serve notice on your
    mind that you will do
    whatever you intend,
    it will happen.

    You may have moments of
    weakness, but gather
    yourself and affirm
    your resolve.

    The most important
    consideration is your
    total faith in yourself.

  2. Your will is so powerful
    that if you make up your
    mind to do anything and
    do not waver, but simply
    serve notice on your
    mind that you will do
    whatever you intend,
    it will happen.

    You may have moments of
    weakness, but gather
    yourself and affirm
    your resolve.

    The most important
    consideration is your
    total faith in yourself.

  3. We used to be members of the Y, but it seemed at any given time half of their treadmills and ellipticals were out of service. Then the summer began and the place was overrun with the kiddies. Kids supposedly weren’t allowed in the weight-room/fitness machine room, but you wouldn’t know that by the looks of things. We then quit and joined Golds Gym. The only problem I have with Golds is that you have to commit to a 13-month contract. At the Y, you could quit at any time. My contract is now month-to-month, so I can quit any time I want to.

    A new fitness center opened up right down the street called Anytime Fitness. It’s open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. It isn’t staffed 24 hours a day. People get in with their membership card. I think there is a swipe at the door. I wanted to join, but I would have to commit for a year. I asked if they had 3-month or 6-month memberships and I was told they didn’t. The guy then wanted to know why I didn’t want to join for a year. It was a weird conversation.

    I think places like Golds and this new place are more concerned with signing people up to memberships then anything else. I know a lot of people sign up and quit going after a month. They are still paying till their contract expires. I think the whole gym thing is a racket.

    Just to set the record straight, you are still very much a cutie. 🙂

  4. We used to be members of the Y, but it seemed at any given time half of their treadmills and ellipticals were out of service. Then the summer began and the place was overrun with the kiddies. Kids supposedly weren’t allowed in the weight-room/fitness machine room, but you wouldn’t know that by the looks of things. We then quit and joined Golds Gym. The only problem I have with Golds is that you have to commit to a 13-month contract. At the Y, you could quit at any time. My contract is now month-to-month, so I can quit any time I want to.

    A new fitness center opened up right down the street called Anytime Fitness. It’s open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. It isn’t staffed 24 hours a day. People get in with their membership card. I think there is a swipe at the door. I wanted to join, but I would have to commit for a year. I asked if they had 3-month or 6-month memberships and I was told they didn’t. The guy then wanted to know why I didn’t want to join for a year. It was a weird conversation.

    I think places like Golds and this new place are more concerned with signing people up to memberships then anything else. I know a lot of people sign up and quit going after a month. They are still paying till their contract expires. I think the whole gym thing is a racket.

    Just to set the record straight, you are still very much a cutie. 🙂

  5. I just left Future Fitness. They were real jerks when I tried to terminate my membership. I can fill you in on the details later if you’d like, but bascially, don’t join. Use those shoes, swim those laps, and if you want, you and I can get our yoga on – let me know. I’m in the same boat as you.

  6. I just left Future Fitness. They were real jerks when I tried to terminate my membership. I can fill you in on the details later if you’d like, but bascially, don’t join. Use those shoes, swim those laps, and if you want, you and I can get our yoga on – let me know. I’m in the same boat as you.

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