Looking For A New Gym
Thursday, January 23, 2014
I'm starting to shop around for gyms in my region. I've narrowed it down to the YMCA, Energy Fitness (a smallish local gym), and the new Goodlife that will be opening at the end of the month.
Positives: Great staff, great equipment and facilities, great classes, all included with membership, it's close to home, and I have experience there from years ago and loved it. Plus, you can go to any of the three YMCAs in the region with membership.
Negatives: It's not 24 hours (extremely important as a shift worker where I'm awake overnight every two weeks), it's busy, it's a bit pricey including the initial $100 "building fee".
Positives: It's open 24 hours on weekdays, excellent reviews from many friends, good facilities from what I'm told, cheap memberships fees, good classes, close to home, and I'm told it's not too busy.
Negatives: Some of the classes cost extra each time which would add up quickly, it closes kind of early on weekends, minimum 1-year membership required (so I'm told), and it appears the classes are less frequent and don't line up well with my schedule.
Positives: National chain with good reputation, good reviews from friends at other locations, such as in Toronto. A new location is opening in a week in my city, so there's a slight chance I might get a deal on a 1-year membership. Plus, a major plus is that membership gives access to any Goodlife in Ontario (so I'm told), which would be AMAZING for me as I spend half my time at work out of town near 3 different gym locations, one of which is 24 hours.
Negatives: Might be busy since it's a new location in St.Catharines, might be expensive if I can't get a deal.
So, I'd like to hear from you. What's your take on this? Any better suggestions? I need to keep membership fees as low as possible, I work 12-hour shifts days and nights, so a location open 24 hours would be almost essential, and I work in another city from where I live, so multi-location membership privileges would also be a major bonus.
What say you?