I Quit The Gym

My husband was a member of Gold's Gym when we got married. We added me onto his account on a month-to-month basis while he finished out his membership. 2 months later his contract was over and we went to cancel mine, apparently it was only month-to-month after 3 months. So we paid the extra $20 for the next month and then got the heck away from there.

We then signed up for Planet Fitness.Because we were so close, we did the Black Membership for Colten, which allows you to bring a guest. So we figured we were scoring by only paying for one membership. Then one of us would get sick, and it'd be 3 weeks before we got back to the gym. And then sometimes 3 weeks would turn into 2 months. Then we recommitted to working out, but we bought a house and moved 15 minutes from a Planet Fitness, which might not sound a lot, but it means 30 minutes travel time just for a workout, which usually wasn't over 30 minutes. We canceled our membership after last month. 

Then I tried a personal trainer at my city rec center that is 2 minutes from my house. It seemed really pointless. I didn't work out any harder with her, she didn't teach me anything I didn't know, and I couldn't fathom paying the amount I did every week for something that wasn't going to get me results. 

Long story short, I've quit the gym. 

I'm determined to get fit & healthy AT HOME. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to complete Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, and then set a new fitness goal. Right now my husband and I are doing the shred together. It kicks your butt! I feel like I get a better workout in those 20 minutes than I ever did at the gym. On the days that I don't do the 30 Day Shred with Colten, I write up a workout from Pinterest. That place is a GOLD MINE for at home workouts. I even created a Pinterest board for At Home Workouts if you're interested. I pick & choose what I want to work on that day, write it in my notepad and get it done!

We also bought a used stationary bike & my inlaws gave us an old treadmill. We've been slowly adding equipment: weights, a jump rope, yoga mat, weighted ball, etc. Although it can seem harder to workout at home, I found it harder to drive all the way to the gym to workout. I'm more likely to do an at home workout. 

It's a lot cheaper. You save on a gym membership, gas & time. And we all know time is precious. I'm excited to keep sharing my journey of getting fit & healthy at home with all of you.

Tell me what workouts you do at home!

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Krista M. said...

WE also do not do the gym because we wouldn't go and we know it! This year we gifted ourselves a treadmill to keep fit and I am starting to do at home Zumba. Gyms can give me anxiety so I love getting fit at my own home.

Sharlee said...

I think it sounds like you're a perfect Beachbody candidate...seriously. All of their workouts are at home and effective. I use them along with Jillian Michaels. I quit the gym because the expense wasn't worth it when I decided top stay home. My best motivator, though, has been having someone to work out with. I do at home videos with a neighbor.

Charlene Maugeri said...

I love this! I've never been had a desire to join a gym. I'm the type of person who would rather not have tons of strangers watch me work out. That doesn't bother some people and some people actually like it. But not me. Anyway, I do Blogilates at home and I LOVE it. In fact, I think I may be addicted. And our apartment complex has a small workout facility that's free for residents. I do use the elliptical and treadmill there sometimes. Especially when it's too cold to run outside.

Jae of SCATTERBRAIN said...

Have you checked out Chalene Johnson's Bikini Body Challenge and TurboFire? I've done both! When I'm at the gym, I join Body Combat classes.

Cat at OddlyLovely.com said...

I totally feel you, girl! I'm definitely one of those people who just won't work out if it's not as convenient as possible. Since there's no regular gyms near my house, I finally ended up joining the MMA gym across the street so I could take kickboxing class there. It is so much fun, truly mentally engaging, and totally kicks my butt. I love that I just have to walk across the street to get there. Now I have no excuse not to go!