I've been doing pretty well with my exercise. It's been about six months since I joined a gym. I pretty much stick to cardio and I don't do anything that intense. I'm not in it to get ripped or run a marathon. I just want to stay in shape, keep my weight at a comfortable level, and stay active.
Which is why I'm thinking about switching gyms.
I joined my gym as it was one of the only ones around that fit some of my needs: Cardio, Reasonable Price, Good Location, Early Morning Hours.
I've been happy where I'm at, but I just found out that a new gym is opening that I think will meet my needs even more. Planet Fitness is coming. Yes, they of the “I lift things up and put them down” hilarious commercials.
Looking at my list
I do a mix of cardio machines. The treadmill, the elliptical, and the bike are my big three, though I'll do a stair machine every once in a while. My current gym has 31 total machines. I can always get on any kind that I want, though at least 10% of the machines seem to be ‘out of order' at any one time.
Planet Fitness is opening and will have around 100 machines. I stopped into the sales office and while the gym space is under construction, they have aisles of cardio. It's their main focus, so it would be good. I've read reviews of other locations all part of the same franchise, and everybody is happy with the quality and durability. It seems like it'd be a step up to go Planet Fitness.
Right now, I'm a little over halfway through a $99 for 6 months deal, which works out to $16.50 per month. There are no signup or annual fees. My current gym changes their promos all the time, so if I were to renew when my membership expires, I'd probably pay $75 for another four months, or $18.75.
Planet Fitness is pretty slick. They charge $10 per month. There is normally a $29 startup fee, but they are knocking it down to $1 as part of the pre-grand opening. They also charge $29 per year as an administrative fee, but they're not charging that until June 2015, as they'd waive the first year. Even with the $29 fee, a year averages to just under $11 per month. So, I'd be saving money.
My current gym is a 2 mile drive from my house. Planet Fitness would be 2.5 miles. An extra mile round trip per day? I think I could stomach that.
I get up and am there at opening time, which is 5:30. With Planet Fitness, that would never happen, as it's open 24 hours a day. Other locations show that they may cut this back, but even when they do, they usually stay open 24 hours on the weekdays and scale back on the weekends, which is fine. I'm an early bird and I like the 24 hour thing. There are times where if I wake up early, I'd love get up and go. With Planet Fitness, I could.
Am I Going To Do It?
I think I'm going to do it. The only thing holding me back is that I'm paid up until July, so if I signed up, I'd have about 6-8 weeks of overlapping membership, as I have to sign up by April 30 to take advantage of the cost breaks I outlined above. Still, I think that it would pay for itself with the cost savings it would present.
I think a gym like Planet Fitness is great. They cater to people who are looking to get in shape, not bodybuilders or those looking for advanced workouts. That pretty much defines my goals and objectives to a tee, and if I can get that and save a few bucks a month, it seems like a no-brainer.