Three Things for Thursday

1.) I am seriously out of shape outside of running. Last night I did The Shred Level 1 (with 3 pound weights no less) and could barely make it through and I promise you I’m not exaggerating. My legs felt like they were going to fall off by the end, and this only confirmed even more how much I need to be consistent with cross-training and specifically strength training. I am sooo sore today. Ouch.

the shred

2.) I have to do one of my least favorite activities today – go to the DMV. That’s the one issue with living in the DC area – you can move just 10-15 minutes from where you lived before and you have crossed into another state and have to change everything. My hope is that it is somehow as painless as possible – – I already filled out all the forms and have all the documents I supposedly need, but it never seems to be that easy at the DMV,so wish me luck.


3.) I mentioned this briefly, but I found a gym!! I ended up going with the Washington Sports Club, which is a pretty popular gym in the DC area. I googled “WSC discounts” and the second thing that came up was “GWU Alumni discount” which is when I knew it was meant to be. It’s still pretty expensive (if you ask me) at $59 a month, but this includes access to all of the gyms in the area, which is normally $74 a month. There are two locations within a 10 minute walk from my apartment, and one that is just 5 minutes from my office, so I feel like it’s worth it because I can actually go. I am also getting a free personal training session, which will happen on Tuesday. I told the trainer about my blog and he said he’ll do his hair that day so I can take pictures and document it! =) Stay tuned.

Do you belong to a gym? If you feel comfortable sharing, what town/city or state do you live in, and what is your monthly rate? If you don’t feel comfortable, will you share the average rate for your area?

I’m so curious what amounts are around the country!

56 Comments on Three Things for Thursday

  1. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    October 6, 2011 at 8:46 am (9 years ago)

    I am here in DC and I choose Sport and Health because there is one close to where I live and close to work. The monthly fee is OUTRAGEOUS — $89.99 plus lots of fees. I am actually ending my membership as I can now use the gym at work and I’m back to running 🙂

  2. Liz
    October 6, 2011 at 8:52 am (9 years ago)

    I live on Long Island and actually belong to two gyms; Fitness Incentive which I pay $50 a month for (but that is a “locked in” rate that I don’t think they offer anymore) and a Crossfit gym which I pay $100 for. I could probably get away with just the one Crossfit gym, but I love the amazing yoga program and occasional spin class at the “regular” gym, plus it’s right across from my house, so when it rains and I need a treadmill there is one close. It’s worth paying just for the yoga alone, most studios charge around $18 a class/$150 a month in my area.

  3. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    October 6, 2011 at 8:54 am (9 years ago)

    I think I may have said this before, but I belong to Fitness First. I think the fee is $24.99 a month- at least in Maryland- but you get access to all the clubs in the state. But, since I’m an instructor, it’s free for me. Not a bad deal- you just have to teach at least one class a week, you get paid pretty well to teach, and a free membership.
    Sport and Health is great though- they are opening a new one near me and I’m going to try to teach spin there, too.

    Jillian’s DVDs are great- I have “No More Trouble Zones” and “Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism.” They are hard, and give you a great overall workout. BUT- Bob’s DVDs are WAY better. Any of his inside out series DVDs are incredible- and really butt-kicking! I am currently obsessed with the yoga one. 🙂

  4. Samantha
    October 6, 2011 at 9:00 am (9 years ago)

    We live near Richmond, VA. For a family of 4, we pay $89 a month. Our gym (American Family Fitness) has an indoor pool as well as ample fitness equipment. We love the Kids Zone where our boys play and run around while we work out. When we renew our membership our monthly rate will stay the same, so we don’t have to worry about the price going up.

  5. Amanda
    October 6, 2011 at 9:01 am (9 years ago)

    I live in MN – Twin Cities area and I go to the YMCA. Its $62 a month for me. That includes access to any YMCA and all of their group exercise/swimming classes. Classes like kettlebell cost extra. I stick to the group classes since $62 a month is pushing it for me. I like it though because I can go on my lunch hour so it makes it worth it. My office building also has a gym & I use that to run from time to time and that is free.

  6. Bridget
    October 6, 2011 at 9:10 am (9 years ago)

    I line in the Cincinnati OH area and belong to an all female gym (Victory Lady Fitness) for $15 per month. It has a pool, lots of machines, great hours and a bunch of free classes for members including Zumba! It’s a seriously great deal!

  7. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    October 6, 2011 at 9:14 am (9 years ago)

    I pay $35 and it’s not a contract, but month-to-month. But that’s because I hassled the poor dude and he needed to meet a quota by the end of the month (the next day). I think he may have actually thrown my roommate and I under a corporate account to get us the deal… lol

    And I know what you mean about cross-training. My weight training (which is only Jillian anyway) has been bumped down from 3 times a week to once, maybe twice if I’m lucky. I just dislike it so much!

  8. Jenny
    October 6, 2011 at 9:22 am (9 years ago)

    I love Shred but find myself always reaching for her Yoga dvd, just did it this morning!
    WSC is great; I was a member a long time ago in VA. Enjoy!

  9. Jennifer
    October 6, 2011 at 9:33 am (9 years ago)

    I live in Nebraska and my gym is $38 per month. I love it! It has a cardio movie room where you can watch the daily movie while you do your cardio. I usually do that when I really don’t want to be there and need extra motivation! 🙂

    The Shred is badass, and it scares me! (but it is awesome)

  10. Rebecca W.
    October 6, 2011 at 9:41 am (9 years ago)

    Every time I try to do the 30-Day Shred I end up in the most horrific pain possible. I can do other workouts and cardio with less post-workout pain, so I don’t know why I try to subject myself to Jillian Michaels time and time again. I’m sure I could be in better shape, and could probably take it then, but I’d rather not.

    I intend on joining NYSC tomorrow (I live in Queens, NY) because it’s the most conveniently located to me, but the fees are a bit steep. I think it’s $89 a month if I have the passport membership at about $60 some-odd if I use just one gym. I’ll probably go with the latter. I also want to take advantage of the free personal training session, so at least I know what I’ll be doing when I go there in the future!

  11. Julie
    October 6, 2011 at 10:11 am (9 years ago)

    I live in North Little Rock AR and we are very lucky to pay 300$ a yr for a family at the community center!! Its not the frilly type of gym but does have indoor pool, walking track, fitness classes, weights, treadmills, ellipticalls, etc.. It is not the newest equipment, and some of the instructors are not the best, but it is cheap! We do have some higher end gyms around here too that run around $100 a month for a family membership.

  12. Kate
    October 6, 2011 at 10:21 am (9 years ago)

    I’m also at Sport & Health (and love it!) but I got my fee down to $79/month by signing the 2-year contract. I recently ditched Gold’s for a lot of reasons – they were only $35/month but I hated going there and never went. I did a ton of research before I signed with S&H but what it came down to for me was the pool – all the gyms with pools I compared in the area I needed it to be in were about the same price. It’s actually less expensive than the YMCA nearby which I thought was really strange cause I thought the Y would be kind of cheap.

  13. Liz
    October 6, 2011 at 10:35 am (9 years ago)

    Ffitness classes really work for me so that’s all I pay for – about $300/year for unlimited classes. This includes aquatic, spinning, pilates, yoga – and cardio and strength, my faves. This gym/community center also has a free indoor track.

  14. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    October 6, 2011 at 10:39 am (9 years ago)

    I live in a suburb of Atlanta and my membership is $30/month – including childcare for two kids, tanning and hydromassage beds (which I never use…but should use the massage one), unlimited classes, etc. Then again, i did haggle my way to that price while 9 months pregnant and earning serious pity points. LOL

  15. Heather
    October 6, 2011 at 10:48 am (9 years ago)

    Yowza, that is $$$. I live in the Phoenix area and pay $9 a month. My gym was recently bought out by LA Fitness but my awesome rate was grandfathered in. I think it’s normally $29 a month tho. I hope they never raise mine!

  16. khar
    October 6, 2011 at 10:51 am (9 years ago)

    I’m in downtown DC and pay $89 per month for VIDA. It’s really expensive, but the gym is really nice and close to my condo.

    • alison
      October 8, 2011 at 9:48 am (9 years ago)

      I’m a VIDA member too and I love it.

  17. Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    October 6, 2011 at 11:00 am (9 years ago)

    Props to you for getting to the DMV soquickly. I didn’t move states or anything.. but left Southbury 14 months ago and haven’t done a thing. Woops.

  18. Shelly
    October 6, 2011 at 11:03 am (9 years ago)

    I had the same issue when I was running a lot and not cross training. The aerobics workouts that I would try would kill me!
    Gyms in my area are usually around $50 a month. Some are less with health insurance discounts or frequent user discounts.

  19. Brittany
    October 6, 2011 at 11:08 am (9 years ago)

    The 30 Day Shred is tough! For the last 2 months I did level 1 once a week and I just started doing level 2. It kicks your butt! I love how strong the dvd makes you feel even if you feel like jello for a few days after 🙂

  20. Rebecca
    October 6, 2011 at 11:15 am (9 years ago)

    I live in West Covina, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles, and I belong to 24 hour fitness. My price started out at $34.99/month, but I got them down to $29.99/month recently because that was the price they were advertising on their website. I can go to almost any of their Active or Sport clubs and there are several located near me, so it’s a great deal. Plus, I’ve been a member for almost two years now so the gym kind of feels like home. 🙂

  21. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    October 6, 2011 at 11:33 am (9 years ago)

    I’m at LA Fitness in Alexandria but I have access to all of their gyms nationally. I got a ridiculous deal when I signed up. They added me to my mom’s account as an extra family member but her work reimburses her a certain amount yearly for gym memberships so my portion is covered and it’s essentially free. The cool part is the guy signing me up figured that out and suggested it. I’m a big fan 🙂

  22. Amanda
    October 6, 2011 at 11:47 am (9 years ago)

    I live in a suburb south of Boston, MA and I pay 65 per month for my husband and I.

    I love Jillian workouts! You definitely feel them after!!

  23. alison
    October 6, 2011 at 11:58 am (9 years ago)

    I live in Alexandria, Va and pay $40 a month at Gold’s Gym. It’s worth every single penny. 🙂

  24. Jenny
    October 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm (9 years ago)

    I don’t belong to a gym, but the average montly fee in my area (Phoenix metro area, AZ) is about $30/month (or so my googling tells me). I just work out at home…I’m sure I would do a lot better if I went to a gym, but seriously money is tight and I can’t afford even $30 extra right now.

  25. Shannon
    October 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm (9 years ago)

    I go to Planet Fitness (just outside of Boston) and pay $19.99/mo plus a yearly maintenance fee of about $40 (I think). I like planet because they have a TON of cardio and mine is newer so everything is in great shape but there are no classes so that’s a bummer. I could go even cheaper but my plan includes reciprocal use of any other Planet Fitness, any where and I can bring a guest with me each time I go for free… and there’s tanning and massage chairs which I don’t use.

  26. CC
    October 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm (9 years ago)

    I live in Santa Rosa, California. My husband and I belong to a gym and we pay $135 a month. When we moved here we really wanted to belong to a nice health club that we would want to spend time at. Our gym shares a beautiful pool with an adjacent hotel and they have lots of lounge chairs, cabanas, etc. You can order drinks and food poolside which is fun on hot weekends. We all bring our kids and meet up by the pool all summer long. The gym also has another lap pool, nice locker rooms with hot tub, sauna and steam room. The have tons of clean towels. There is a spa at our gym too. My husband plays tennis almost everyday so for us it is worth it. I really like the classes that they have like training for a triathlon, 1/2 marathon, bootcamp, etc. Overall, I feel that the price is worth it because I enjoy going to a nice gym.

  27. Alexa
    October 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm (9 years ago)

    I can totally relate to this post right now.

    1. I’m doing the The Shred right now, and you’re right, it IS hard
    2. I need to do that DMV stuff still for Virginia, not looking forward to the process, or the cost.
    3. I’m a member of Lifetime Fitness, and if you ever want to come to a spin or strength class with me there (I seriously love them), you’re more than welcome!

    • Dani
      October 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm (9 years ago)

      Lifetime was my all time favorite gym!

  28. Rebecca Reschke
    October 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm (9 years ago)

    I LOVE your blog. So excited to try the recipes.
    Can you tell me, is the recipe for Veg Burgers point value, the new point plus?

  29. Laura @ Joyful Shimmy
    October 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm (9 years ago)

    I am here in NYC. I used to be part of NYSC (same family as WSC) and I was paying $70s. I ended up doing the switch to Equinox which is significantly more expensive because I was spending the same amount of money taking group fitness classes plus the gym. Equinox had the right combo of fun classes along with a beautiful space. I have learned that this is a splurge worth doing for me and my sanity.

  30. Lisa
    October 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm (9 years ago)

    When I had to stop running due to injury last year I realized how imbalanced I was. I thought I was fit and strong. NOT! I was running strong. I definitely wasn’t biking strong or toned. I started lifting weights and it transformed my body and I finally DID get strong!

  31. Jen@FoodFamilyFitness
    October 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm (9 years ago)

    The gym we are thinking of joining is $59 a month for a joint membership. $29 for a single. I’m in Michigan.

  32. Christine
    October 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm (9 years ago)

    Beth- the other day I was actually wondering to yawls what your strength regimen was like.. Im definitely guilty of letting weight training fall by the wayside when so much time is spent running and running and running…
    I heart XSport in chi-city! $35/mo with my employee discount gets me access to all locations which I take advantage of fully. Of the 23 Chicagoland locations I have frequented 9 because my job has me running in a thousand directions on any given day. I also love that they’re open 24 hours- I’ve def been in there at midnight doing a required run after working a ridiculously long day. I also love the circuit and yoga classes:)

  33. Allie
    October 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi, lurker here! I live in Arlington and just joined Planet Fitness… only $10 a month! It’s pretty no-frills — just a bunch of cardio and weight lifting equipment, no classes, but they do offer free start-up personal training.

  34. Heather @ Dietitian on the Run
    October 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm (9 years ago)

    I had to go to the DMV on Tuesday, and get my car inspected, and was totally anticipating every obstacle possible (my history with the DC DMV is not a good one…). I was beyond pleasantly surprised by how smooth it went (maybe thanks to lessons learned last time? ha), and had to pay MUCH less than I expected to! It was a HUGE relief.

    Hope it went well for you, too!

  35. Ang
    October 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m in West Virginia. My membership at the YMCA is $34 a month single/$44 family. I have the family but no one ever uses it. I can’t seem to workout without getting sick but I can’t bring myself to cancel it because it feels if I do hope will be lost. lol! This includes the pool, lots of classes (kickboxing, spinning, TRX, yoga, ect), cardio, and weight machines. Plus a weight room w/ free weights.

  36. Maria
    October 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm (9 years ago)

    I just joined this place near my place in Maryland, and it’s $20/month. Spacious gym, with personal tvs & ipod chargers on every machine and they have a theater room that’s all dark with various cardio machines & plays movies on a big screen. Only thing, gym doesn’t offer classes which is fine by me, and it has a tanning option for an added $5/month.

  37. Lauren
    October 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm (9 years ago)

    I have 2 gyms (sadly). I talked Golds down to $40/month and LA Boxing I pay $94/month. LA Boxing is the BEST workout that I have each week (it beats out the runs and swims!) and I have noticed significant results since joining in March. Sadly, they dont have many tredmills/machines or classes apart from boxing/kickboxing so I have the other membership for those activities. Since there is Golds right by my office, I am going to try to go for walks at lunch so I can better justify 2 gym memberships.

  38. Katie
    October 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm (9 years ago)

    I live in suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I workout at The Wisconsin Athletic Club. When I joined, the monthly rate for me at age 22 was $53 per month. That is considered the junior membership, so I’m not sure what the next level up costs. This includes access to all six of their locations and includes tons of fitness classes, so I didn’t think it was horrible. BUT, now I work in the Kids’ Clubhouse there, so I get my membership for free. It’s AWESOME!

  39. Sarah
    October 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm (9 years ago)

    I belonged to Gold’s Gym in the DC area (I now have an awesome gym at work for free) and it was only $40/month and you could go to all the local gyms.

    I love Jillian Michaels! I’m still on Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred (since I don’t do it consistently) and it never fails to kick my butt!!

  40. Jessica
    October 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm (9 years ago)

    I love 30 day shred! It makes me work, makes me hurt…and yeah, keep 10, 5, and 2 lb weights by my side haha. The 10 don’t get used all that much…the 2 do. Great work out! 🙂

  41. Lynne
    October 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm (9 years ago)

    I live in Rhode Island and my gym has been $15 for the last 2 years. I just had to renew my membership tonight and it went up to $19.95. It a really nice gym and it’s such a bargin!

  42. Hilary
    October 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm (9 years ago)

    I live in a small town in Southern Ontario and I pay about $33 a month, and that’s only because I get 50% off my membership because my mom and I are both members. Otherwise it would be over $60.

  43. Teresa
    October 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm (9 years ago)

    We live in Cincinnati, and our gym (Fitworks) is $32/month for the 2 of us. That doesn’t include classes though…you have to pay $5/class if you want to do classes. It’s not a great gym, but it’s only 1-2 miles from our house, so it’s convenient. I also belong to the gym at my office ($9.50/pay period). It’s nice to take classes or use the cardio machines at lunch. It took some getting used to though, to change in the lockroom with your coworkers and then get all sweaty and gross with them. I don’t typically make eye contact with too many people in the gym!

  44. Kristin @ STUFT Mama
    October 7, 2011 at 3:25 am (9 years ago)

    Well, shoot. I teach classes at a couple different gyms so I don’t even know the membership prices (one of the perks about teaching is a free membership). Sorry, I’m not much help. That 30 Day Shred DVD is awesome though, huh? 🙂

  45. Katie
    October 7, 2011 at 8:56 am (9 years ago)

    I currently live right outside of Boston and pay $34.95/month at a Boston Sports Club gym, which is a partner deal or something since I share membership with the boyfriend (he pays $39.95/month). When I lived IN Boston I paid a whopping $80/month (a LOT on a student budget!) for an all-women’s gym, Healthworks. It was amazing though– the newest classes, brand new equipment and machines, in-house running specialists, spa services, a fully stocked shower/changing area with fluffy towels and great hair/body products… Granted, I NEEDED none of this, but it certainly felt like I got my money’s worth and gave me the incentive to get to the gym as often as possible.

    It’s crazy how gym prices differ depending on where you are!

  46. Hot Coco
    October 7, 2011 at 10:48 am (9 years ago)

    I go to Planet Fitness herein southeastern NH. I joined prior to August 31, so I paid $99.00 for an entire year; a little over $8.00/month. That fee includes a free personal trainer session (which I’ve made use of), and small-group sessions with the PT focusing on specific areas of concern. In addition to the cardio and weight equipment, there is a circuit training area. No frills, and it gets the job done. 🙂

  47. Caitlin
    October 7, 2011 at 11:05 am (9 years ago)

    NYC prices are ridiculous! I used to belong to NYSC (which is one of the more reasonable gyms here) for around $90/month – unless you go to one of the cheaper/way less convenient options (I’m seriously talking like one or two locations in the city nowhere near my apartment/work) that’s about as low as it goes. Many of my friends work out at Equinox for over $150 a month, and while it’s an AMAZING gym there is no way I can afford that right now!

  48. Beth
    October 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm (9 years ago)

    hi Beth…I just found your blog. Congrats on the weightloss and on getting healthy. I too lost 70lbs, using exercise and watching what I eat, over the last 2 years now.

    In regards to your question, I use Lifetime Fitness in Columbus, Ohio. I pay $85 a month. This is a 24 hour gym which is convenient for me since I work 4:30pm to 1am. Also, the kids program is wonderful! They have around 10 computers for the kids, a large play area with toys. A tv for movies, large screen. And their play gym rivals any Mcdonalds tunneled play area. Oh yes and a basketball court for the kids as well! I get to have them play for up to 2 hours wheneverIm there, I have 3 kids.

    I used to pay $60 but I added on the kids watch program jumping it up $25 a month but its worth it, my babies LOVE it!

    Take care!

  49. Necia
    October 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm (9 years ago)

    I go to Planet Fitness which is a great basic, starter gym and I pay $10 a month. I just joined New Youk Sports Club, and as a presale rate I will be paying $39.99 a month. Home location only. To visit other NYSC I will have to pay $7.50 a day. These are NJ rates. In NYC the rates are comparable to what you would be paying without a discount.

  50. Dani
    October 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm (9 years ago)

    DC area… I pay only $50 a month for Sport & Health… BF got us an amazing deal on a couples membership. I like it because we can both go to any of their locations… unfortunately the closest one to me now is still a 15-20 min drive on the beltway and there isn’t one really convenient to work either. we signed up for a 3 yr contract about 2 years ago, so even though it’s a great gym, i hope i can find something more convenient when the time comes.

  51. Madeline - Greens and Jeans
    October 9, 2011 at 7:53 am (9 years ago)

    I DEFINITELY need to get back on the cross training train. I feel like my arms are starting to shrivel before my eyes!

  52. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    October 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm (9 years ago)

    The Shred is definitely hard!

    I’m in New Hampshire and I pay $28 every month…but that’s also because I’m under 25. Once I turn 25 it goes up to $63! I think I’ll have to switch gyms by then!

  53. Rachelle
    October 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm (9 years ago)

    I just started reading your blog and I love it! I live in Ottawa, ON , I go to Goodlife Fitness and pay 60$ a month. They have lots of classes and I can use my membership at any Goodlife gym.

    • Beth
      October 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm (9 years ago)

      Hi Rachelle- Thanks for commenting and so glad you found me! It’s so interesting to hear how much people pay for gyms – sounds like we’re in the same boat!


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