trials and tribulations: finding my fitness zen

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I have been a member at what I feel is an infinite amount of gyms over the years.

From working out at the local YWCA as a teen to joining an “exclusive” gym in a small town I lived in, in my 20’s, I feel like I’ve seen it all. I can’t even count how many times I joined a gym, went for a few months, and then stopped going all together, and I feel like this is  a common trend that most people have experienced.

A few years ago, my husband and I decided to do a fitness challenge to see who could lose 10% of their body weight faster. I thought to myself, “how can I keep the momentum going, overcome gym-timidation, and really meet my goal.” That’s when I had my epiphany.

A year of trial gym/fitness studio memberships.

Now let me start by saying that yes, I had to sit through many a “timeshare-like” pitch explaining how that rep’s gym was the best and if I signed up right then and there, I would get more incentives than I could imagine. I went into this process knowing that I would experience this, and to be quite honest, staying strong and sticking to my guns during these times actually made me feel more focused and proud of myself that I didn’t give in to something I’d given in to many times before.

My trial memberships lasted anywhere from a week to a month. Most of them I purchased vouchers for through sites like Groupon and Gilt City. Here’s what I tried:

David Barton Gym (1 month)
NYSC (1 month)
Crunch (1 month)
Peridance Capezio Center (6 class pack)
Dance New Amsterdam (6 class pack)
Krav Maga Classes (6 class pack)
Tribeca Health & Fitness (1 month)
Gold’s Gym (1 month)
Boom Fitness (1 month)

Now, the whole point of this post is not to bash or promote gyms and fitness studios in NYC. As they say, different strokes for different folks.

The main takeaway from this is, I FOUND WHAT WORKED FOR ME.

I’ve now been a member of Crunch for about 2 years. My bff and I go there every week, and since I love dance classes, it’s a great place for me to get enough variety to keep me satisfied. Sometimes I go more, sometimes I go less.

Ultimately, the moral of the story is I GO. I don’t feel like there’s any money left on the table at the end of the month, and I have a fit body, that I love, to show for it.

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