I have decided that for a person that doesn't want their family to look at her workout, for me to try to workout at home is useless. I either have to get up before 6:00 or wait until the shuffle of everyone getting ready for work and school is over. I can make myself get up, I can't make myself move. I have tried waiting until my husband leaves and I lock myself in my room and do a DVD. My kids ALWAYS find an excuse to knock on the door or I can hear them downstairs arguing or playing when they are supposed to be doing their school work. Then there is the added complication of: if I wake up early I need my weights downstairs, and it I wait till later I need them upstairs. All these complications give me added excuses to the other excuses list of too hot, too cold, busy day, feel like I might be sick next week.
So, I have decided to join a gym and give myself a little love and time away from everyone to focus on me, all me. The closest gym is Curves, but I am not a Curves kind of girl. In the past I have enjoyed kickboxing and Pilate's and I really like weights, I am not much of a go in a circle from machine to machine person. The next gym is Benders and it is co-ed. It does not offer classes before 9 and does not offer kickboxing or Pilate's during a time I could go. The one I am leaning to join is Riviera. It is all women. It has early classes. It has classes available between 4-6 that I could do if I didn't make it in the morning. Then, the last place I am considering is the Wellness Center and it has classes and a pool. I used to be on the swim team and enjoyed doing laps when we lived in Florida, so I would enjoy having a pool. But, it is a little further and that would be an excuse enhancer for me( it is only about 6 miles, still, just getting in traffic.)
Curves- don't know, don't care
Benders $45 month, but it includes tanning
Riviera $35 month with 2 year contract or $499 upfront or $399 for one year upfront.
Wellness Center $49 month with no contract + $99 evaluation/ blood work required
The best price is the Riviera paying $499 upfront. That comes to $20.79 a month. You save $341.00 over the monthly fee and $300.00 if I paid for the one year upfront-twice.
It is $580.00 less than the Benders price for 2 years.
It is $676.00 less than the Wellness Center for 2 years.
I am considering the pros and cons of what I want and what each offers. I think the Riviera has the best classes that I am looking for. One of the fears is a commitment not used, or maybe that is an incentive because it has been paid. I also really like that Riviera is women only. In Florida I was on the treadmill and could overhear these two men talking about a woman in the weight section and discussing whether her "girls" were real or not. I know I would just drive men crazy if they had to watch me workout so I think I need to remove myself from the temptation.
Ah, decisions! I want it all: tanning, a pool, women only, weights, classes scheduled around me, and most of all a chiseled body without the work.