For the past couple of years, I’ve maintained a membership at the local fitness center.
Although the membership is kind of pricey, it’s more than worth it to me.
I enjoy having access to such a diverse selection of machines and classes. It doesn’t matter if the weather is hot or cold or wet, I have a clean, spacious and temperature controlled location for my work out. The gym is open round-the-clock, 7 day a week and even on all of the holidays. I use a key card that allows me inside, and I can remain as long as I want. Some days I only have the opportunity for brief sessions and on other days, I’ll devote several hours to a more intense workout. There is a long line of treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, rowing machines and stairmasters available. There are so many, that there’s always an available machine. The weight training area is expansive and well-equipped. They provide every imaginable level of free weight, kettlebell, weighted balls and resistance bands. I can use specialized machines that target biceps, triceps, outer thighs, inner thighs, and every possible muscle group. I can pound on a heavy bag, tackle the rock wall or jump rope. The gym provides a rewarding selection of fitness classes throughout the week. I’ve tried out crossfit, kickboxing, spin, yoga and pilates classes. If I don’t mind paying a bit extra, I can schedule an appointment for a massage or tanning. At the end of the workout, there’s locker rooms with everything I need. There’s free lockers and showers, a sauna, steam room and hot tub. My typical workouts are quite strenuous and demanding, but they are also satisfying. When I climb back into my car for the drive home, I always feel good about myself and my accomplishments.