It’s a perfect spring morning with Carolina blue skies.
I hope you’re having a lovely weekend – our Saturday was great. After a really crazy two weeks, I desperately needed a physical and mental break. I made a conscious effort to do (practically) nothing but minor errands, which is difficult when you just moved into a new place a week ago! I did unpack the very last box, though. I just couldn’t resist.
I also scouted out a gym. I haven’t belong to a real gym in a very long time – maybe 2.5 years? In Orlando, I preferred to run outside in the fall and winter; I rejoined the gym during the spring and summer to get into swim shape for triathlons. And once we moved to Charlotte, I opted to join the Aquatic Center, which offers a small workout room, instead of the traditional YMCA gyms. But now we’re too far from the Aquatic Center to make membership realistic, so I’m searching for a new gym home.
What do you look for in a gym? My three non-negotiable are:
Proximity to my home or work (once, I joined a gym 30 minutes from my house but next door to my work – I just went before or after work)
Price (I’m not willing to go higher than $35 or so a month – I know this is expensive for some places and cheap for others!)
Pool access (I would never join a gym without a pool – I love to swim too much!)
The Husband’s non-negotiables are cleanliness (which I couldn’t care less about), new and nice equipment (same – the treadmills at my old gym were literally held together by duct tape), and proximity to home. He also really loves it when a place has a sauna and racquetball courts.
Anyway, I think we found a place that fulfills all of our main requirements – and more! This new gym also offers fitness classes like spin, which I was really excited about. And they have childcare. I’m not sure how often we’d leave BabyHTP with the gym childcare, but it’s a nice option. They offered us a one-week pass to check out the facilities, so I’m going to head over later today for a test run. Fingers crossed!
But first – I’m being put to work in the garden. My job today will be pulling put the pine needle flower beds and replacing it with mulch. I can do this sitting down, so I’m game.
With sunflower butter mixed into the batter
Greek yogurt for ‘syrup’
You can never have too much sunflower butter in the batter!
What are your gym non-negotiables? What things are nice to have? How much does your gym cost? Although I don’t require class access, I have to say that I am really excited for fitness classes like spin, Pilates, and Body Pump. Especially with the baby on the way, I think classes will help me maximize my gym time.
I need a gym that’s cheap, has plenty of treadmills, ellipticals and weights and that has group classes!