IM Louiville

IM Louiville
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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Health Club Junkie

I realize it has been a whole week since I made my last entry. I guess I haven't had that much to write about. I still really don't, so I had to think of something!

I think I have a sickness. It's called Health Club Addiction. I currently have 3 health club memberships and can't seem to part with any of them at the moment. In fact, I was even contemplating adding yet a 4th club to the mix! The weird thing is, I don't spend much time in any of these clubs from the months of May through September. I guess the clubs really like people like me. I don't really show up all that much, yet my membership fee keeps on coming in.

Why have 3 memberships, you ask?

Well - the first one - the cheapest one - is a national chain. They have clubs everywhere. And at a whopping $8.00/month, it seems silly to let this one go. In fact one time after a swim at the lake, I was dropped off at the club so I could get in a quick shower before we headed to the Sox game. Doesn't make much sense to drive all the way back home and all the way to the ballpark. And, in those years where I've had a really long commute due to traffic, many times, I was able to get to this club early to squeeze in a short workout before heading to the office. This strategy has saved me HUNDREDS OF HOURS of commute time. To me, worth the $8.00/month.

Now the second club is only for one reason. My swim team. There are many other local teams that charge way less money. But they aren't any closer to home. And, in most cases, their workouts are so late at night that it really doesn't fit for me. I'd rather get up at my usual 4:11am to work out before I go to the office. Reason being, I tend to lose motivation throughout the day. If I just automatically get up and get my swim in, it GETS DONE. If I wait until after work, I tend to make a million excuses as to why I should skip it. OK, so it's not really a cost-effective plan, but my swimming stays steady.

The last one. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! This is the closest full-facility club to my home. It is, however, the nicest and also the most expensive. They have all the amenities you need, and then some. I went once last week, but before that...well, had to be some time in APRIL when I was still lifting weights. Go figure. I should have just cancelled my membership and then joined again. But I always kept thinking - well, but if I needed to go, this is just so darned convenient!

I know it's crazy, but I just do not get what I need with any one single club. So I continue to keep these memberships and look like an idiot when I sometimes present the wrong club card when walking in. (yes, it has happened many a time) I know I can't be the only one.


RunBubbaRun said...

I think I belong to the same $8.00 month gym. I also joined a 24 hour gym. So I know how you feel. I haven't used the 24 high tech gym in awhile. Still paying for that.

Anonymous said...

you are not alone.
i have the cheap one with just weights,that i keep forgetting to cancel and i have the 24 hour one that has nice stuff and is close to home but is filled with punks that don't speak english and god forbid someone put a weight back.
the third is my favorite.everything is nice and clean and is filled with older
people(which soon i will be one)

bconway6650 said...

You can come over to my house and lift weights in my basement. The downside is that it is filled with punks that don't speak english.