Jun 02 2008

I’m thinking about joining a gym

Maybe.

If I can get a good deal and I don’t have to sign a contract (is that even possible?), I’m thinking about joining a gym so I can exercise in the pool.

First, I should tell you that after oh, five summers of swimming lessons, I’m still a terrible swimmer. It’s all I can do to tread water for a few minutes, and forget about me actually being able to move across a pool. Takes forever.

But, in anticipation of my expanding belly, I think swimming will feel really good and will be a good form of exercise.

I’ve looked into a few gyms in this area that offer different classes in the pool. There’s just one gym that’s close enough to home that offers those classes. I’ve never tried exercising like that, so I don’t know how I’ll like it.

I’m going to see if I can get a free trial pass to test it out.

Then, I can better evaluate if joining would be a good option.

I’ve also thought about just going to a public outdoor pool and exercising on my own or with Shane. That might be a cheaper option, but it doesn’t seem to get that hot here in the summer. Maybe the pools are heated, dunno.

Do you have any ideas for how I can save money and get a good workout?



12 Responses to “I’m thinking about joining a gym”

  1. Kacie-

    Gym memberships are so pricey, and you’ll be charged for a lot of services that you can’t use when you’re expecting (like high-impact aerobic classes and intense equipment). The public pool seems like a good option, but they’re usually pretty overrun with small kids, so it might not be very relaxing for you!

    Have you checked out your local YMCA? They’re typically cheaper than the average gym, and I’m not sure, but I think some of them offer special pool-only memberships for people who only want pool access.

    This might be a long shot, but you should also try calling the local high school. My high school allowed community members to use the Olympic-sized pool for free during certain hours. They also didn’t allow children, so it was usually just senior citizens looking for low-impact exercise or swimmers who wanted to do some laps, so it was quiet and tranquil. I don’t know if other high schools allow this, but it’s worth a shot.

    Also, this is unrelated, but have you considered prenatal yoga? I know several people who swear by it, and you might be able to find a low-cost class at the Y or a community center for expectant moms. Hope this helps! Good luck!

    -Karen

  2. First of all, I never commented on your pregnancy announcement- congratulations. My daughter (and only child so far) just turned 1 in April. I love being a mom, and I love blogging/reading blogs about pregnancies!

    Unfortunately, I don’t have many ideas about cheap exercise other than just plain old walking. But I did want to mention (and this is just what I’ve read and what my doctor advised me) that most doctors will recommend that you not begin an excercise routine during your pregnancy that you haven’t already been doing. I’m sure there must be exceptions to this, as there are many pregnancy workouts advertised, like the prenatal yoga mentioned above.

    I used to work at Curves for Women (which, by the way is a fabulous workout if you’re willing to work it into your budget), and I did this workout through part of my pregnancy. Unfortunately, my particular pregnancy pains made it extremely uncomfortable to do the workout, but I have a friend who was still doing the majority of the workout just days before she delivered. Other than Curves, I just walked a lot and ate really healthy to control my weight gain. I gained just under 30 pounds, and it was all gone and then some 3 months after delivering.

    Best of luck in your search! And congratulations again!

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  3. Thanks for commenting, Risha! I will be sure to check with my doctor before I start a workout program.

    I used to be a runner, but running/walking really doesn’t appeal to me right now. But, I want to do something so I don’t feel so sluggish.

    I hope I can find something good soon!

  4. Swimming is one of the best ways to exercise, since it works out your whole body without damaging it like other sports (like running) can.

    I love Curves, but you have to sign a 12-month contract (they said it would never be more than $50 to get out of it though).

    I can’t comment specifically to pregnancy, but I hope you can find something. :-)

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  5. I’ve found that if I only want to take a class and not have the whole gym experience, my city Parks and Rec department is the best option. My city even has a prenatal exercise class! If you’re a city resident, it’s usually pretty affordable. Plus, you’re just paying for the single class, not for access to an entire gym you won’t use.

    I hope you find something that works!

  6. My wife found swimming and pre-natal classes (a heavy emphsis on low or no impact cardio and resistance work involving those large inflatable balls) the “best” combination. Walking was also good but became too hard in the heat in Hong Kong.

  7. In our city, we have one municipal gym with a large indoor pool.

    However, the best “deals” are free swim periods at local community centers and high schools…FREE.

    See which high schools near you have indoor pools. I’ll bet they are obligated to provide some free swim or water aerobics classes in the afternoon or evenings.

    The best place to call might be your city’s parks and recreation dept.

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  8. I’m a member of the local Y and get a corporate discount on my membership through my employer; it ends up being $34/month. To be honest, paying something for it has become a motivation to go at least twice a week.

    As long as you avoid the peak times (around 6 pm on in my experience), the place shouldn’t be close to overrun, with kids or otherwise.

    I did “suspend” my membership through the summer because I will be spending more time outside walking, biking, and hiking and figured I could save some money.

  9. During my 10-week internship I joined a gym, and they personalized a program for me. Generally if you go in and tell ’em you’re wanting to join and are willing to give them some business, they’ll be accommodating, in my experience.

  10. Try looking for just a water class you can take without having to join anything. Then you would get what you need for not as much money. Good luck!

  11. It’s been a month since our baby was born, and I’m loving being able to do my normal exercise routine again. I’ve been a runner for years, but I found that I gradually had to taper off to walking during pregnancy. By about 30 weeks, I had completely stopped running and was walking or using an elliptical machine. I hate to swim, but I have a lot of friends who swore by water aerobics during pregnancy. I’ve done yoga for years, and although my normal yoga class wasn’t much good during pregnancy (too many deep twists, inversions, and abdominal stuff), I loved my prenatal yoga class. Our gym only costs $350/year, and they have monthly memberships. We go to the city rec center, which is subsidized by tax money. It’s about half as expensive as the name brand gyms that we checked out when we were looking for one to join, but it has all the same facilities, and lots of great classes. See if your town has a city rec center – you may find that it’s much cheaper than most gyms.

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  12. We joined the Y when I was pregnant with our first child; once I was far enough along the only thing I could do was swim (I was enormous). We got a scholarship based on finances, and I believe they took my pregnancy into account. I loved it, maybe your local Y has a financial program too?

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