The following is another post from my in-real-life friend, Hillary. Her last one, The Business of Polyamory, was pretty popular and she is helping me out since I’ve been traveling. We are also planning a cruise together in April, so I’m becoming her accountability partner on her goals below so we both have a shot of getting healthier and hotter this year!
It is the end of the year and the scale is not my friend. Ten years of marriage and a sedentary job have led to me carrying a spare tire with my saddle bags. Swimsuit season sounds like it’s one of the inner circle of Hell right now, but the call of a beach is so tempting. I need to lose weight without losing all my heard earned cash.
Gym Membership Options
Like many, I found myself looking into a gym membership. There are three main gyms located around my area – LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and Planet Fitness. As I am an unmotivated slacker, I will be enlisting my husband and my friends in my fitness endeavor. This poses a few pros and cons. My husband is great with whichever option I chose; my friends however are a bit more picky.
My girlfriend and I share a Costco Executive Membership and qualify for their discounted rate at 24hr Fitness. A two year All Sport Club membership for $399.99 per person. This includes access to amenities such as a hot tub, a sauna, pool and basketball courts… at some locations. The one closest to me has none of these amenities. Also, it does not include access to super fancy locations.
My other friend that I’m hoping to conspire in weight loss with, loves racquetball. The only reason he has seen the inside of a gym in the past year was to play racquetball. I’m not so much a fan of balls speeding at my head at high speeds but to each his own. LA Fitness offers racquetball courts and is located right next to my apartment and next to his house. Super convenient as it may sound, it is also super expensive. $99 initiation fee and $29.95 a month comes out to be $817.08 for the same period of time as the membership at 24hr Fitness. That’s $417 I could be spending in the Caribbean instead. No thank you.
My last option is Planet Fitness. Advertised as the gym for normal people, memberships are $10 a month with a $40 yearly fee. Alternatively, for $19.95 a month and $40 a year you can get a Black Card membership. The gym doesn’t offer a pool or courts but it does have tanning beds, massage chairs, personal trainers and hydro massage tables, all which are free with the Black Card membership. Better still, you get to bring a friend with you every time….for free. So for two years that is $559, for TWO people, and it can be which ever person I manage to get off the couch to come with me.
Planet Fitness for the Win
I went with Planet Fitness. I am not a fancy girl. 6am workouts will not be met with fashionable work out clothes and fruit smoothies. I’m going to be grumpy, sweaty and totally looking forward to that Mai Tai on the beach come April. For now I am going to get my butt on an elliptical machine and follow it up with some quality time spent in a massage chair.