Friday, March 28, 2014

March Gym Update... Favorite Reads From the Week

My focus for the month of March has been Getting Into The Gym.  You will recall that I won a month’s membership at GoodLife Fitness in a giveaway…

I can hardly believe that March is almost over. And with it, my temporary gym membership is almost over as well.  The actual expiry date is Thursday, April 3rd, but because I don’t go on Thursdays, my last class will be Flow Yoga at noon on Wednesday.  I am sad about that because I do really enjoy that class so much.

But, in all honesty, I have such mixed feelings about the whole experience. There are so many things I have loved about having this gym membership and… other things, not so much.

What I loved:
  • the variety of great exercise classes I have participates in such as Body Pump, Flow Yoga, and Body Flow
  • the availability of a wide variety of other classes I could attend including, but not limited to Body Shred (the new Jillian Michaels product), RPM Spin, Body Combat, Body Step, and Zumba
  • the selection of cardio machines – lots of them and a good variety of types – treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, steppers, moving steps, and at least 2 or 3 styles of each as well.
  • tv screens on each cardio machine
  • mp3 player jacks on each cardio machine
  • huge group exercise room
  • lots of Spin bikes in the cycling room
  • lots of yoga mats, yoga blocks, steps, barbells, and weights  in the group exercise room
  • large stretching/balls/mat area
  • large weight area along with several scary machine and good assortment of dumbbells and weights and benches
  • knowledgeable and very friendly staff
  • good locker room facilities (with hair dryers and nice counters) that are clean and tidy and well-maintained
  • there is a women’s only affiliate club at another location that is part of the overall membership
  • they do not allow image-capturing devices to be used anywhere on the premises
  • they encourage everyone to participate and don’t seem to show favoritism among the clients
  • I haven’t seen any creeps or ‘lunkheads’ or ‘Barbie dolls’ 
  • there are well-stocked sanitizing stations all over the premises and signs asking clients to clean the machines after using them
  • there is a towel service
  • there are tanning booths
  • there is a courtesy phone in the foyer of the locker rooms
  • this gym is only a short walk from my home
Not so much:
  • large space with lots of machines that no one seems to use. They are used in succession for circuit work but I rarely see them being used. A waste of space I think.
  • some fellow clients can be annoying – coming into class late and squeezing in where there really isn’t adequate room – leaving yoga class and disturbing people during the Shavasannah when the instructor has clearly asked that no one do this and has suggested people leave before it starts if they cannot stay to complete it
  • there are several clocks in the locker rooms and in the fitness areas and they all seem to have different times on them
  • the classes I like are only available at 6 a.m. or noon
  • the prices is $60 per month plus taxes – I am not sure how this is compared to others – I think it is a bit steep 
  • there are no paper towel dispensers in the washrooms and only hot air blowers to dry your hands – they seem to blow the water all over the wall behind them and I think it is yukky
Am I being petty?  Do I sound ungrateful?   Perhaps… but I have to admit if I get another chance to have a free month next Spring, I will jump on it!  It is a nice change of pace for me and has allowed me to reconnect with my love for yoga and stretching.

I have read so many great blog posts and articles over the past week that I am eager to share some of them with you. This is a fairly long list, but I don’t want to leave any out:

and just for fun:
Bet you will find something on this list that speaks to you, too.

So for the month of April, I have decided to concentrate on FLEXIBILITY.  That will mean lots of stretching and starting a home yoga practice. I think I will get The Captain involved too.  IF you have any advice, I would be glad to have it. 

And a little Spring cheer to leave with you… here is the view across the street from our apartment today… sun shining… willow tree busting into full leaf, and turtles basking on the log in the lake.  I wish you could see all the herons flying around, picking up bits of twigs and branches as they build nests in the tall oak and fir trees in the park.

March 27 2014 park 003

Do you stretch or do yoga for flexibility?

Any beefs or bouquets about your gym?

What is your favorite thing about Spring where you live?


  1. Stretching. I too know how important it is, yet still don't spend nearly enough time doing so.
    I was going to a great Yin yoga class for awhile, but stopped due to some yucky things happening with the owner and his employees... Time to find a new studio!
    Thanks for the link love, Elle!


    But back to the gym, $60 does seem like a lot but after you went through all that was available there and knowing what I have at the gym I go to (no towel service, tanning beds, or other sweet perks) it may explain the cost. I pay $28 a month and there are lots of classes, machines, free weights, yoga mats, balls, etc. Locker rooms are nice and have soap. No hair dryers. No paper towels there but there are paper towel dispensers on the floor for wiping down machines. And no real creeps or Barbie dolls either but perhaps it is the time of the day that I go.

    Have a great day!

  3. The clock thing happens at every gym I have gone too. Seriously, can we get a correct time please?;) $60 does seem steep to me. Most gyms here are $20-$30 but there are lots of gyms, so they need to be competitively priced I guess?

  4. I love those trees - had them when I lived back east!!

    Love the new look of the blog too! Great reads!

    As for gym stuff - I could write a book! ;)

  5. Ever since my injury i really have been focusing on stretching and practicing yoga and i have definitely seen an improvement in my flexibility!
    LOVE your spring pic! Im so happy it's spring finally!! I also love that its baseball season! ;)
    Thanks for the great list of blogposts! Off to check some of them out!
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Thanks for the link love Elle! Your gym sounded like a good experience overall. I wish my gym offered those kinds of classes! Have a nice weekend!


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