I’ve been a member of a couple of gyms over the last 3-4 years. Both had their good and bad points. Neither were over utilised by yours truly, but I knew that the memberships were there and wore like a cool-kid-with-money-to-spare badge of honour.
I mean, that’s why we join gyms, right? We’re literally paying someone to be our friend and let us join our club. Using an odd variant of that logic, I could build a fort in my living room and charge friends a membership fee of a beer per visit. Okay, weird tangent. But with a long weekend starting Saturday, it mightn’t be a terrible idea…
Right, where was I?
Ah, yes, gym memberships.
I use mine more now these days than I used to. Because I like going. It’s become one of my happy places. It’s right up there playing with the dogs, and baking with cheesy pop music blaring through the house.
It’s not the flashest gym. It’s not trendy, and the trainers haven’t won lots of awards (at least, I don’t think they have). But it’s exactly what I was looking for when I joined, and it remains a good fit for me now.
Cue: 5 reasons why my gym is awesome.
1. They have branches all over the place. My ‘home’ gym is based 2 minutes from the office, with another a 3 minute walk from my house. They’re all over the city, but I really only use those two. I mean, proximity isn’t going to be an excuse for not going (well, not a good one anyway).
2. The staff aren’t tanks. They’re fit and toned, without being built like machines. Sure, they’d be able to kick the door down if I passed out in a toilet cubicle (touch wood that’s never needed) but they still come across very much like one of us. Approachable, and a realistic example of something we can be working towards at any age, or for any lifestyle.
3. Other members are ‘my kind of people‘. I don’t know how to explain what I mean without someone feeling insulted (if that is you, I truly sorry – it’s not my intention!). Basically, it’s a women’s only gym and it appears that because of that, the posers and (arguably) much hotter gym-goers of the world are fewer and further between than my last gym.
4. The equipment I want to use is available 99% of the time. Like I said before, it’s not the most popular chain of gyms in the city, and it caters to more than just the corporate-workers market, so people come and go through out the day and by the time I rock up at 5-6pm, people are heading off. Win.
5. Free stuff. There are often free samples at the counter. Again, it might have something to do with the women’s-gym status and the marketing stereotypes that go with it. But I don’t care, I love free stuff. Last week it was the new type of Head and Shoulders shampoo. This week, vouchers for Habitual Fix, a lunch bar down the road.
What about you -
… Do you belong to a gym?
… Do you actually go?
… What do(n’t) you love about it?