In today’s “Friday Review,” let’s talk GYMS!
Ooh la la… la baguette… la croix… la fitness! :)
I LOVE my gym. We have been LA Fitness members since 2014, and it has honestly been perfect for us.
I have mentioned before that I run a lot, and many of my runs (especially in bad weather) happen at the gym. I also do a bit of strength/cross training, which is all aimed to support my running.
So here are a few reasons why I love my LA Fitness:
Proximity to home. My gym is only a few miles from my house, and I love that I can easily go from driveway to treadmill in 10 minutes flat.
Parking. There is a large, free parking lot right in front of the gym. I have never seen it more than 30% full. I never have to park farther than 20 meters from the door.
Convenient hours. I am normally an early bird. When I am in marathon training, I am up at 4am and running by 5am (when it’s still dark). Although my town is pretty safe, I don’t like to run in the dark. However, as my gym opens at 5am on weekdays, I can happily run there. On weekends it opens at 7am, which is still perfect because I “sleep in” on weekends :)
Treadmill plethora. There is no shortage of treadmills (or machines in general) at my gym. I have never had to wait for a treadmill, not even during the busiest times.
Clean machines. This is the cleanest gym I have ever been in. The cleaning staff are totally on top of their game. They are out there every single day vacuuming, scrubbing, disinfecting, and wiping everything from top to bottom. The cleaners have become familiar faces to all of us “regulars.”
Camaraderie. All of us 5am regulars know each other. As you might imagine from the early hour, there aren’t that many of us :) maybe 20 people, who consistently come at 5am. I really like that the gym feels like a group of friends.
Pool. When I was injured with plantar fasciitis, I needed to find other ways to get my cardio in. I got good use out of the bikes, until I found my favorite way to cross-train… in the pool! I loved pool running, especially since it is the most similar type of cross-training to “real” running (aka land running). The pool at my gym is indoor and heated, which is awesome for runners who happen to get injured in the winter :) or people who like to swim all year round!
Sauna. I loved the sauna after pool-running. As you may have gathered, I had my foot injury in the winter time. It felt so good to sit in the warm sauna for a few minutes after my workout in the pool.
Classes. Ok so I haven’t tried any of the classes offered at my gym, mainly because I’m there at 5am before most classes begin (I think the first one starts at 6 or 6:30am). However, I love that I have the option of jumping into a class at any time if I want to.
Personal training. When we first started going to our gym, they gave us a free session each with a personal trainer. I didn’t end up using mine, but Joel did, and he said it was really informative. I often see people with their personal trainer at the gym, and have thought about buying a few sessions of my own. Especially to help me build upper body strength.
Weights. There are a variety of well-maintained weight machines and free weights to suit your every muscle’s needs! I tend to prefer the lower body machines the most (runner here), but Joel really likes the free weights and upper body machines.
Lockers. Lots of clean lockers, for free! I use the lockers most when I do pool workouts, as I store my clothing in them. I do have a combination lock that I bought specifically for the gym lockers, but honestly I don’t use it… I have never felt like someone would take anything (I also don’t bring my wallet, so there’s not much to steal) :)
Childcare. We don’t have kids (yet), so we haven’t had a chance to make use of the childcare feature, but you better believe when babies come along we WILL be dropping them off at the awesome childcare in the gym. There is a large playroom just off the entrance with all kinds of kid-related things, like toys, colorful play mats, and climbing obstacles. I can’t say enough how much I love that this is an option!
Do you have a regular time that you always work out? What gym do you go to?