Thursday, July 09, 2015


It is a momentous day.

I quit my gym.

In my mail yesterday, I got a promotional post card for one of those super inexpensive chain gyms and it occurred to me (not for the first time) that I am an idiot and I needed to quit my gym posthaste.

I realize that this action seems somewhat counter intuitive for someone who is quite regularly blogging about her struggle to regain her fitness but hear me out.

I have been saying that I need to quit my gym for years now and the only thing that kept me from doing it was that I used it. I had a good thing going.

Until I didn't.

The gym I belonged to until a few hours ago was a big chain with all of the amenities: the steam room and classes and a pool and childcare and a cafe and towels and a hundred other amenities that I never used. What I did use regularly were the cardio machines and, this is a fact: nobody should pay upwards of $70/month to use a treadmill.

I've known for a while that I should cancel because I wasn't using enough to justify the price but just never got around to it. Then I injured my knee and any semblance of a gym routine crashed and burned, anyway. It went from bad to worse.

I will miss my swanky gym but I will not miss feeling guilty about it.

I felt guilty about how much it cost. I felt guilty about how much I was(n't) using it. I felt guilty about how I was using it.

I feel bad about enough things in my life. I am very much over my gym being one of them.


bluemoon said...

This is why I belonged to Planet Fitness for so long (and still would if there was a location within less than half an hour of where I live now). It was $10/month for access to one location, $20/month for access to all, with no contract for the $10/month membership. I didn't take any classes, I didn't use the locker room for more than a bathroom break and I didn't need any perks!

Nothing wrong with cutting out wasteful spending, and nothing wrong with NOT feeling bad about it. :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I canceled my gym membership last summer for a similar reason. I went to classes all the time when I was in Charlotte so it made sense to have a membership there. But then when I moved back, I was busier and had a fuller life so had to squeeze workouts in versus planning life around classes I wanted to take... so I got rid of my membership. Luckily there is a gym in my condo building this is pretty great so I don't have a membership right now. I do miss having access to classes but besides that, I don't miss it - especially paying the membership fee (mine was also around $70!).

JBean said...

Good for you! This post immediately brought to mind the Friends episode where Chandler wants to quit the gym! I'm glad they didn't convince you to stay!

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