People who know me know that I make working out a priority. I have belonged to a gym almost continuously for 30 years. I also am a regular walker and especially enjoying walking with my (now ex-) co-workers at lunch. During job transition (christened Hell in the Hallway by Deborah Mourey), I think it is especially important to stay healthy and deal with the stress and anxiety that comes with job search.
For the last few year I belonged to my local YMCA. We had a family membership so that my husband and children could take advantage of the many resources it offered. It is a beautiful facility that had been built about 5 years ago. It had lots of activities for the entire family. But I was the only one going on a regular basis. The kids went when we initially joined but slowly tailed off their visits. My husband had a tendency to go only when the weather was cold and snowy.
I was paying $90 a month so I could go workout at the Y, which is more than I had ever paid in my life. Years before I had belonged to another gym which was not as conveniently located. I had been a member for quite a while so I had a good rate of $299 per year which I thought was a fair amount to pay and worked out to about $25 per month. That gym didn’t have amenities for the kids and it was not someplace my husband wanted to go. For a little while I carried my old gym membership while going to the Y. But eventually we agreed it didn’t make sense for me to keep paying for the old gym so I dropped my membership.
Shortly after I lost my job I heard about a new gym in the area called Planet Fitness. In April they ran a campaign advertising $10 a month rates with a small ($19) joining fee. I went to check out the gym in Henrietta and they seemed to fit my needs. They had lots of equipment, not the highest end equipment, but the pieces I was used to using at the Y. They don’t have a pool or classes or daycare for your kids, none of which I was interested in anyway. There was no commitment which meant I could stop my membership at any time without a penalty. For the $10 per month I could only go to the club I joined, but there weren’t any others that would be more convenient for me to go to so this was not an issue. My husband and I both joined, figuring the $20 per month was way cheaper than the $90.
I’ve been going to the Planet Fitness in Henrietta now for about 3 months and I’m very happy with it. The only thing that I don’t like is that it is about 10 minutes further away than the Y. I can live with that to save $80 per month.
Right now Planet Fitness is running a special, $99 for an entire year! That’s just over $8 a month! That’s about what I was paying per month at the Y. I can’t imagine getting it any cheaper anywhere else. So if you’ve been thinking about joining a gym and you live close to a Planet Fitness, go check it out. This special is good through July 22, so don’t drag your feet.