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We Joined A Gym

November 12th, 2012 at 05:18 pm

It's been five months since I worked out in a gym and it shows on my hips and thighs! I did some walking this summer, and last week I did some mini workouts with the Wii, a YouTube video, and the one workout DVD I own.

Today, we joined a gym. We paid for a year in full and received 6 months free. For 18 months, for two people, including a processing fee and tax, we paid $745. That works out to $41.39 per month.

It was the best deal we could find for our area. We checked out three different gyms. We also waited a bit to join and it seemed the offers got better the longer we waited!

I used our current Chase Sapphire card to pay for the membership. That will help us get to our $3000 spending goal we need to meet to get the next $400 bonus offer.

Are you a member of gym? How much do you pay? Or are you super motivated with free exercise options? If so, what kind of exercise do you do?

6 Responses to “We Joined A Gym”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Nope, not a member of a gym. (The closest one is a 30+ mile drive one-way.) I've done pretty well with walking 30 minutes most days, but now that the snow/really cold weather has started, we (my coworkers and I) will probably take to the school gym instead. I hope we can keep being consistent!

  2. PNW Mom Says:

    We used to belong to a gym several years ago. We have an eliptical machine for cardio and also a total gym my parents gave us. The machines used to be in our bedroom, but since DD1 is living in a duplex now while in college, her room was freed up and we turned that into our workout room.(Our 4th bedroom is a tv room and there isn't enough room in there for the equipment) We have a radio/cd/ipod docking station in there as well so we can listen to music while working out. So far, it has worked out well.

  3. Swimgirl Says:

    Before we moved, we were members at a gym. I'm not sure how much... Seems like $100 a month for the family. But we're in expensive California. And it wasn't a fancy gym at all.

    I miss having that membership. I run quite a bit, and I'm planning to join a swim group soon, but the gym was always there. Loved it.

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    $15/month for my gym. No fees - no contract.

    I *need* it for the cold weather/dark. I have a nice treadmill now (hand-me-down) and have thought about dropping the gym membership, but I use it/value it too much. Oh, and even better is my aerobics/yoga class which is $2.50 per class at community center. That probably matters more. In warmer/lighter months we do plenty of walking, tennis, biking, hiking, etc., but then it's gym in the winter/tax season when I am more crunched for time, daylight hours, and then means I don't have to freeze outside. I can't make it to aerobics (set times) so much, so utilize the gym more during tax season. I suppose I believe in free exercise, but find I do much better with a wider variety of choices. If I Was male I might not mind walking/biking in the dark so much; I think that is more a female thing. I feel the gym is much safer in winter months. (& anyway, it is also much warmer)!

  5. TexasDisneyGirl Says:

    I joined a gym last year. It's no-frills, but fairly cheap. $17 a month plus another $17/month for 3 kids unlimited daycare while at the gym. I only make it 1-2 times a week, but it saves my sanity.

  6. Tabs Says:

    I'm actually pretty lucky, though I have yet to blog about it, I probably should. You see, I work at a place that just recently opened, and has a built-in gym. A nice one at that. And since I work there, I get to use the facilities for free.

    Otherwise though, I have tailored my training routine to be done or at least doable at home. Certainly, a real gym is still better, but I think it just depends on what you do that matters.

    For example, check out:

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