Monday, June 17, 2013

Bye Bye Old Gym

Today, I delivered my official notice to my gym (they require you write a letter) declaring that I want to cancel my gym membership. I was going to die if I didn't join a gym closer to my house. I made a list of pros and cons and ruled out every other gym that existed before I joined the one I did.

My county converted part of the "old high school" (as we call it since it hasn't been in use since the 1960s I think), into a gym. That gym would run me about $5 a month. Perfect for a college student. But, I couldn't go there because I told myself there would be too many people from my county there and I have a thing about working out around people I know.

Now that I look at it, that is the place that I should be. What better deal can I get for $5 a month? Ironically, the more I think about it, there are more machines at the gym in my county than are at the one I joined. When basketball and football season rolls around I will more than likely have to share the weight room with the "jocks", but hey, you have to start somewhere and I am sure they can give some great tips on building up muscle. So I simply tell myself, 'suck it up buttercup'.

Don't get me wrong, I am not giving up hope on the gym at my university, I just don't want to drive the 40 minutes to get in a session, when I can drive 10 minutes to get in one.

 Right now I am focusing on finishing my Biggest Loser workouts and then I will set my sights on a gym. When the time is right to join another gym, it will definitely be the one at the "old high school".

The purpose of this post is this (and to anyone reading this, do not take it out of context in any way); don't let added amenities fool you when you can get in a great workout right in your neck of the woods. You have to do what is right for you and only you, not anyone else.


  1. That's interesting... I didn't know you had to write a letter when you wanted to leave a gym. That $5.00 a month fee is heavenly. I would definitely go for it and like you said, you can still go to the other one sometimes, too.

    1. I didn't know either. I thought I could waltz in there and tell someone I wanted to cancel my membership and move on from there. It wasn't until I went back and read my contract that it says you must provide them with a written notice (essentially a letter to the gym) telling them you wish to cancel your gym membership. I suppose that is why it pays to always read the small print on things.