There is a new LA Fitness opening up 2 miles from our house. Every time we go grocery shopping around the area, we see a few LA Fitness employee’s walking around promoting the gym’s grand opening and trying to sign up new members. Girl Ninja is intrigued and wants to look in to signing up. I however, hate paying for things we don’t use.
This is exactly the reason we don’t have cable. We realized we were watching maybe one to two hours of TV a month. Which when you’re paying $60/month for cable, works out to $30/hour to watch TV. How stupid is that?
Or what about Netflix. We signed up for it when we decided to forgo cable, thinking it would be the best thing ever. It was… for about a month. Then we got bored with it, and there are like no movies that we actually wanted to watch. Netflix may have only been $9/month, but when we weren’t even averaging one movie a month, it had to go. We now Redbox it. I like the pay as you go, instead of pay even if you don’t go, plan way more.
Heck, in San Diego I frequently listened to a Christian radio station that was 100% user supported (meaning there were no ads or commercials). As a frequent consumer of their product (the music they played), I decided to donate $100/month to the station. Then, two years ago, we moved to Washington. I no longer had access to that station while I was driving, so while it may be terrible to say, I cancelled my donations since I was no longer using the service.
And this is why I get scared of gym memberships. I’ve heard rumors that the employees that sell memberships are more tricky than used car salesmen. You walk in thinking you are going to sign up for a three-month trial membership, and walk out having committed $1,500 to a non-refundable four-year membership.
What’s more, aren’t Gyms really crowded during typical “gym” times? I get that we could wake up at 4am, or go in at 10pm and probably have access to all the equipment and facilities, but my suspicion is that ideal times (like 4pm to 8pm) are probably slammed with all the 9 to 5′ers? And maybe I’m crazy, but I also imagine a lot of dudes go to the gym to flex and try to pick up chicks. Not super pumped about the idea of paying $50/month for Girl Ninja to get hit on by a ton of creepy/sweaty/hair dudes all the time.
Basically I need to know the following…
Do you have (or have you had) a gym membership? If so, are you (or did you) actually getting your monies worth? Meaning, are you going frequently enough, and is the gym experience pleasant enough, to make the cost worth it?