If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, then you know that I have had a membership at 24 Hour Fitness for several years now. That membership has been a great investment. Since I bought that membership, I’ve gone to 24 Hour Fitness on a regular basis and I have completely changed my lifestyle.
When I was young, I never imagined myself as a runner or an athlete. But that’s exactly what I am now. I am incredibly proud of my past three half-marathons. I pushed myself so hard last year, lost weight, and gained a lot of confidence. In the past few months, I’ve backed off on the running quite a bit, but I’ve still maintained a higher level of fitness than the old me. I’m just starting the training process for a couple of 5ks this spring. (No HMs this year. My body needs a break!)
Many other things have changed in my life in the past few months. I have changed my career somewhat (moving away from freelance writing and towards full-length novels), and as a result, I’m in a season of not earning as much money while I work at building my new income. Thanks to the confidence I’ve gained as a runner, I have become more comfortable running outside. In fact, I’d almost say that I now PREFER running outside to running at the gym.
My 24 Hour Fitness membership will expire in a little less than a month. The last time I renewed the membership, I paid $400 for two years, but I suspect it will cost more than that now. I am seriously considering giving up the gym membership. I’ve loved having the membership, and I hate to give it up, but I am not getting as much out of it as I used to. I like the BodyPump classes, but I’m not sure it’s worth $200/year if that is the only reason I go to the gym.
There is a community center nearby called the Sermon Center where I could get a membership for $30 per year. They would have hours (basically 9-5) and they are slightly farther away than 24 Hour Fitness, but they would also have all the weight training equipment, and that is a HUGE cost savings.
I need to talk to a manager to see how low they will go on the price, but I’m thinking that if I can’t get them down to $50/year, I will have to let it go. I may also email corporate and see if they’d like to advertise on this website in exchange for a membership. I really hate to give up this membership, and I hope I can find a way to keep it, but it’s a hard economy and I’m not sure I really have a choice in the matter.