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Hello PTs. All weekend I have been debating with myself about joining a gym. I thought I would ask for some input from all of you.

I have lost 22 pounds here at PT, though I still have plenty more to lose (I weigh 228 pounds and I'm 5' 6"). So far, I have gotten myself more active in my daily life and have used walking and an exercise bike and rowing machine. I have DVD workouts that I could use (but haven't lately), and dumbells ranging from 2 to 10 pounds. So I can make the argument that I could just use the resources I already have on hand to become stronger and more fit. It would cost me nothing.

On the other hand, there is a gym down the street from me. It would be easy to get to. They have a lot of machines and free weights and trainers. Since I would like to build some muscle, using the machines sounds really attractive. And a trainer could presumably help me to develop my physical capacity but not hurt myself (I have some issues with a formerly broken ankle and foot). And there is something to be said for the fact that joining a gym would feel like a declaration to the world that I am invested in my health.

But the gym will cost a monthly fee, plus I will need to get some workout clothes (at home when I work out, I wear things that I would never wear in public). And joining a gym is scary because I have never belonged to one.

So I keep going back and forth about whether it would be worthwhile to join this gym.

So what do you all think? Do you love your gym? Or are you just as happy working out in your den with some hand weights?

Sat. Jul 15, 2:58pm

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I didn't start exercising seriously until about 5 years ago. I was a size 24 (now a 12/14). Yoga DVDs at home, then at a studio, then spinning at a gym, then a new gym, then an even better gym. I LOVE IT! I go to the gym 5-6x per week. This is MY time and I don't (often) let friends, family or work interfere. Being at the gym is motivating, watching athletes train, seeing older people maintain their active lifestyle. You're exposed to so many more activities--a great opportunity to find a new "love" (yoga, pilates, body pump, spinning, dance, etc.) And we all know that unless daily activity/exercise becomes a life-long habit, the likelihood of maintaining our weight loss is diminished.

If you hate it, you quit. Can you do a month-to-month membership at first to try it out? Most places will give you a pass for a few days to try it.

I have an office job that doesn't pay much and so it means that much more that I pay a premium for a GREAT gym and to work with a trainer sometimes. I'm stronger, slimmer and most of all, happier. You cannot put a price on that!

Saturday, July 15, 2006, 4:16 PM

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One more thing...

Shop the clearance rack at Target for workout clothes. Inexpensive and you'll fit in no problem!

Saturday, July 15, 2006, 4:17 PM

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Shortest possible time if you do to find out if you like it. Consider other options like a personal trainer that you meet in your home or their place of business that may or may not be the gym down the street. If you do sign up at gym many times a personal trainer session will be included with membership. One other option have a work out "buddy" let you come as their guest a couple times.

Saturday, July 15, 2006, 7:41 PM

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Join. I never though that I would but I had to sign up to get my son to go so he could get gym credit and graduate high school! He wouldn't go alone. Now I go all by myself twice a week and the results are great. I just do the weight machines and do my cardio outdoors.

Saturday, July 15, 2006, 8:28 PM

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I never go to the gym

I hate the gym, but I run daily and weight train at home, so I think you should try it out for a month or so. I've wasted more money by signing up for a work out facility and never going, give it a try on a trial basis.

Saturday, July 15, 2006, 8:31 PM

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