Maybe my expectations have gone up. I used to be satisfied with a 30- minute elliptical workout. Today I am not. I don’t hate that machine, but I have an evolving preference toward weights.[DC Readers: I used to crush the arc trainer/elliptical scene at the Vida on 14th Street.]
But that time is long gone.
Recently my trips to the gym are feeling aimless and as such, short. I come. I futz. I leave.
Over a year ago I quit Equinox because I wasn’t going enough to defend it’s price tag. But I did love their classes, even if they were super crowded. Taking classes left me feeling like I had a hearty, efficient workout.
I lived gym-free for about 6 months, nursing an injury and experimenting with ClassPass.
Then I joined NYSC last December and it’s just kind of… meh. There is something empowering to me about having access to a gym. So that’s good. I feel in control of my own fitness since knowing I can hop on a treadmill in the winter or if it’s raining.
But….there isn’t a ton of equipment at NYSCs near me, so I often have to wait for the machine I want (usually the stair climber).
The mat area is crowded and decidedly gross. (And i’m not a tough judge of cleanliness.) It’s hard to find dumbbells of matching weights, so I’m often using lighter or heavier weights than I want, because that’s what’s available. But the price is right. I pay $59/month.
Two bloggers I love Julie (Peanut Butter Fingers) and Tina (Carrots ’N Cake) always post awesome workout plans you can do yourself, but most NYSC locations are far too crowded to set up for something like that, if I could even find matching weights.
Excuses aside: I’m having trouble motivating when I’m not taking a class. And I’m thinking of quitting the gym. Again.
Now that December and the inevitable cold are just around the corner, I’ll be less likely to do a bike loop of the park, but I still plan to run. Either way, #winteriscoming and I want to sort out a plan to have access to an indoor workout.
The way I view it, I have three options.
Option 1: Try ClassPass (again). I tried it once before, and had a hard time finding classes I wanted at times I could take them. But I think the service has evolved since then. Another perk, Crunch is on ClassPass and you can sign up for regular gym time, which I could do if I was ever jonesing for a treadmill.
Option 2: Check out/join Equinox again. Yes this is a hefty investment, but I like their classes and their facilities are larger and nicer. Also, I don’t live near any other gym. If I went this route I could not justify purchasing Flywheel, Physique or any other classes and also living.
Option 3: Studio hop. By this I mean purchase bulks passes to different studios, hunt Gilt City for deals and be a floater. This is basically what I’m doing now but I’m also paying for NYSC. It’s not cheap.
Am I missing an option? Any advice? What should I do! What do YOU do? My NYSC membership is up at the end of the year, so I’m looking for a new option effective January 1.
Please leave your two cents in the comments!