Thursday, January 7, 2010

Weigh-In & Question

Current Weight: 152.2
Loss: 1.8

That's actually a re-loss really. I was down to 152.8 a couple weeks ago, and then up to 154 last week from eating too much after xmas. But, it's good to be down. I was kinda expecting more because I've been super good with my diet, but I have to remind myself that: a. I've only been super good for a few days really and b. I've been exercising hard which can cause water retention initially. So, at least it's a loss and next week I will see better numbers, I bet. Not that this is bad numbers.

So, here's my question: I am currently attending Jazzercise for $35 per month. The dance studio is located practically around the corner from me. I'm pretty comfortable going because I'm used to the people and there's always a variety of attendees. Plus I've learned the steps pretty well. Its always a good full body workout, with 30 minutes of cardio, 15 minutes of strength training and 15 minutes of stretching. I don't always work out every muscle equally and the strength training is NOT difficult at all, but at least I always feel like I get a pretty thorough workout considering we are only working out for 60 minutes. The classes are three evenings per week at 6:00.

However, I am considering switching to 24-Hour Fitness. The pros: I can purchase an entire year's membership through my insurance for $220. They have a child care center so I can workout any time of the day or evening or midnight if I want. They have multiple workout classes at various times, including pilates which I've been wanting to take. There is a pool so I can incorporate swimming into my workouts, which I'd like. I'd also like to use the stair master and bicycle as well as the assorted strength training machines. Since I can pay for the whole year up front, I won't have to worry about a monthly fee like I do with Jazzercise. The cons: The cardio and strength training machines are all in one large room with windows all along the front so no sense of privacy while exercising. There were a LOT of people working out when I went to tour the gym, which is understandable since it was 7:00 pm and just into the new year, but considering the popularity of 24 hour fitness, I know there will always be numerous people there. Fortunately, there were people of all sizes. The fuel I'll use on the drive will eat up the money I save on the membership fee. Plus, the long drive might deter me from working out there as often.

I need to cancel Jazzercise before the 15th, so I still have a few days to think about it, but would like some input from others about it. Thanks in advance!


  1. Toughie.....

    Gyms are great - but it is not a social time where you will enjoy being around and sharing the "experience" with others... I find it to be a more isolating time - unless you're there with someone...

    But on the good side, there are a bigger variety of workouts, and the opportunity to do more and heavier weights.

    I signed up for a year at Ballys... I've been running there in the mornings a couple times a week and I have a weekely evening step class.., but I've not been going in the evenings...Its a real waste of money if you don't use the crap outa the membership. real conclusion here. :D

  2. Thanks for the input :) Its not sociable at all at Jazzercise or I would probably stick with it. I'm definitely worried about making the cost worth it.

    Congrats on your running successes btw :)