Friday, May 18, 2012

If the gym fits...

Join it! Well, I am thisclose to doing just that. As you know, I am leaving my current position in like 2 weeks. With that, I am going to be leaving the hospital's gym and therefore it led me to look for the right fit.  Well, I started looking last week, and again today. Last week I went to LA Fitness and while I liked what it looked like on the outside, and it having a pool is a plus, I just didn't feel like I belonged there. I didn't get to just look around, and before I got a tour, I had to sit with a sales guy who told me that what I was doing currently at the gym was wrong, and that I would benefit from this this and this. Yes, I know they have to make a living, but I would have loved to just see what they had to offer. So, after 1 hour, I left the gym, still confused as ever, wondering if what I had been doing so far was completely wrong, and if I would fit in. So, I took some more time, to think about it, look around, and today I went to Retro Fitness.  Those of you who are familiar with Easton will know it's location because it is where the old AMC at 25th St used to be. I went in and was immediately greeted by a super sweet lady who knew her stuff. She greeted everyone that walked in and out of the gym by name, without having to look at the computer screen.  She was eager to give me a tour, told me all that would be included with the membership (2 levels of cardio, with one level in a movie theater, extended ab room, LifeFitness machines, free weights and a cardio room). She also told me up front that the tanning they offer is extra a month, and so is the daycare. Without hesitation she told me to go and enjoy the gym, and I took her up on it. I went right into the movie theater and ran 1 mile on the treadmill while watching SpiderMan. I would have gone longer, but it got to be WAY too hot for me. Other than that, I saw how clean it was, and even saw this lady cleaning the water fountain. While I was leaving, I stopped by the juice bar and had a smoothie that she recommended. It was DEVINE! It was my morning protein shake and I savored every minute of it. We chatted some more and she told me when the busiest times at the gym were and that I too with my membership get 1 hour with the trainer. That was it. She didn't try to pressure me into buying anything, that was it. Any question I had, she answered. As I was leaving, she gave me another 1 day pass but for 2 people (in case Joe wants to try it) and told me that she hopes to see me again. She asked me when I thought I would be coming back, I told her Monday and she told me to have a good weekend and that she would see me Monday.
You know how it is when you walk in somewhere and it just feels like you belong, yeah, that feeling, I got that today at the gym. It doesn't have a pool, but it has a movie theater. Afterall, it is summer and there are pools almost every where I will go to visit.  Now, for me to think about the gym for the weekend, go back Monday and see if I get the same feelings I had today, and if so, I am going to join. There is nothing better than feeling like you belong somewhere, and with that, will make me hold myself accountable for hitting the weights. Yes, finally, somewhere I think I belong!
And yes, I ran a mile, but it felt great to stretch my's to the restart of doing what I love..eating right, exercising, and RUNNING!
Happy Fitness Friday!

1 comment:

rockle said...

good for you! i really want to join a gym but it's SO HARD with my crazy schedule. can't wait for things to settle down (HA!) so i can get into a regular routine.