I decided to join a gym and I had two real choices. The community center in my town which is a good deal and has a pool. I like to swim. I have worked out there before and they have free weights as well as machines and an indoor track. They also don't have hours that work well with my schedule. Not that finding time isn't possible, it's just not always easy.
The other choice was Planet Fitness. They have great hours and lots of machines, less waiting for one to be open. They don't have a pool but they do have massage chairs and some other kind of massage. Another thing they have is a lot of bad reviews. I don't know how much of that is location specific. I found mostly good reviews about the one close to me, but lots and lots of bad reviews over all.
I talked to some people who use Planet Fitness and got opinions from people I know who actually use it. I also asked a few people who use the community center if they still have good standards and are maintaining the equipment. Budget cuts can really hurt a publicly funded place. Good reports on that front, so either place is going to work for us.
In the end I went with Planet Fitness because of the hours. During the week I need to be in the place before 5 - 4:30 is ideal. I have to be headed back home by 5:30 so everyone can get ready for their day. My job keeps me from working out much on the weekends so their shorter hours don't affect me.
Sign up wasn't a problem. I didn't have any of the difficulties I had seen online. I took two precautions. I used a prepaid card to pay an I set the reoccurring payment from a checking account that is not our main one. I've heard that when cancelling it can be hard to get them to quit charging you and I wanted to head that off before it was a problem. The whole "in writing" thing is a pain in this day and age, but not so much that I do it. I actually READ the agreement. More people should do that.
We did the online sign up and I got a black card membership so that the kid can come with me on days she's interested. My husband got a regular membership.
I have zero interest in using the tanning bed. I don't tan for a number of reasons, from its stupid to risk skin cancer to I like the way my tattoos are still bright. However, to each his or her own. I don't plan to do it and that leaves more bed time for other people.
After signing up online we went in to finish and get our cards + free t-shirts.
The lady helping us was super nice and it was a good experience.
This morning we got up and went in to work out for the first time. Dan used the treadmill despite the fact that he needs something besides cardio and he hates the treadmill. I have no idea why he won't lift or at least use the elliptical once in awhile. He likes to run on the treadmill and then complain about it. It's a hobby I guess.
The kid an I used arc trainers for some quick cardio. Only 10 min. Just enough to get us going and then we moved to weight machines. Even with just 10 min my legs were feeling it. I'm going to give that machine another whirl on Monday. I liked the workout. Later today I'll dance for awhile to get the rest of my cardio in.
Today was an arm day and that's what we did. I love that the cleaning supplies are everywhere and people seem to be using them. Also the number of machines meant no waiting. It was nice to be able to switch out with the kid. I did a set, she did a set. It was also nice to find that we are stronger than we thought. I moved the weight up 10lbs over where I was the last time I used these kinds of machines.
Day 1 was a success. I will report back again after month 1 is over to see if I still like Planet Fitness.
For the moment I am feeling good. I had almost forgotten how much I enjoy going to the gym.