So today I went gym shopping

Not shopping for gym clothes or sneakers or anything, for a gym.

I’m coming up on two years at Boom Fitness and while I like it, I don’t love it. So I decided to see what’s out there. Figured it can’t hurt to be a diligent shopper so I hit NYSC & Equinox

Putting it as a pros and cons to help myself decide even though I think I’ve already made my decision.

Current gym:
Boom Fitness:
Pros:

  • Not very crowded so I can get machines without waiting.
  • Not that expensive (about $60/month)
  • Relatively convenient

Cons:

  • Not as good a value as it used to be since prices have come down in the market.
  • Doesn’t have a good range of classes (that I don’t take anyway)
  • Not on my way home so I can’t always make myself go.

New York Sports Club – I used to be a member of NYSC before moving (& joining Boom) but not the location that I went to today.
Pros:

  • Between my apartment & the subway. Would take a conscious effort to avoid going. Not that I’m not capable of said effort.
  • Promotional deal to returning members brings the cost to less than Boom Fitness
  • Has more classes, but see above

Cons:

  • Due to location it’s very crowded and I saw a lot of people waiting for machines. I don’t have the patience and would likely walk out vs. get my exercise in.
  • Looked kind of dingy. Could be due to volume of use
  • No pool at this location

Equinox:
Pros:

  • On.My.Block – there’s no way to avoid going here without feeling guilty
  • WOW. An Upper East Side Gym. Clean, nice lighting. Good number of machines. Amazing class schedule. Showers are like a spa and it *has* a spa
  • No hard sell

Cons:

  • Price. The initiation & monthly costs are high although there are plans that waive the initiation

It’s clear which gym I liked the most, but there’s no way I can swing Equinox much as I’d like to. Going to file it for when my financial circumstances change.

There’s a Gold’s Gym near the office, but none that I know of up here & since I tend to be more of a weekend gym go-er, I don’t see that working out well for me. None of the other ones listed up here are really close enough to be worth it. I really miss Planet Fitness. Can’t beat price.

So I guess BOOM it is.

so a week into 2012

and I’m mostly still on track.

I had a slower start to exercise then I wanted because I started off the year sick. Still, I made myself go to the gym on both Sunday and Monday and even a short workout is better than none at all.

So far, I’m in a good place for #GoTheDist. 21.41 miles out of a goal of 750 for the year and 175 for Q1. I think I can do it even when I switch to more walks over bikes when the weather is nicer. Speaking of nice weather, it was 13F when I left the house on Weds. AM & today when I was walking home from the gym it was 55F. Same city. Wish I’d had more time for an outdoor workout today. Maybe I’ll walk home one day this week if it stays nice.

After a few missed weekends in the fall due to other commitments, I’m back on track for 50 gym visits in this 6 month window. It’s good for fitness, it’s even better my wallet.

Food choices were mostly good too. I’m in my usual winter challenge of a lack of fresh fruit & veg & it being too cold for smoothies, but I’m making better choices.

So let’s see where the rest of 2012 goes.