And I Finally Join a Gym

What sold me on the gym? The pool. Credit: blt ☮

So I haven’t belonged to a gym in over two years. Since moving to New Jersey and being in my best shape ever, I’ll be the first to admit that joining a gym was not a priority. It’s been house projects, work, babies times two and throwing in some fitness here and there. Like Jessie Spano, whenever I considered a membership I’d think, “No time; there’s never any time!” Plus with my husband’s work schedule and the kids, coordinating child care was just too difficult to justify a membership.

But it’s summer. And I really enjoy a pool during the summer. Growing up, my brothers and I lived at the pool. My grandma’s condo had a swimming pool (with a diving board) that only we seemed to frequent. (Maybe that’s because crazy kids like us frequented it.) But she’d pick us up and we’d go swim what seemed like every day of the summer. So even as an adult, summer isn’t summer without chlorine and sunshine. Plus, my daughter loves the water.

So when our neighbors told us about their gym, complete with outdoor pool, the hubs and I went on a tour to check it out. We’d looked into pool memberships last year and were shocked at how crazy-expensive they were. And how exclusive. As it turns out, this gym is amazing. It has three pools, group exercise, including Zumba, an insane amount of machines and equipment, a climbing wall, basketball courts and seriously any amenity you could want. The kicker? They have child care included. We have no family in the area, and therefore no grandparental babysitters, so this is one of the few ways we can actually take a little time to ourselves.

It’s more than I’d like to pay for a gym membership, for sure. But the pool, the sweet facilities—it’s renewed my resolve and fitness inspiration. I’ve got my new member fitness assessment coming up, so I’m curious to see what that looks like. I know my husband was a little surprised by his—but that’s a post for next time!

Do you belong to a gym? Does it give you a kick in the pants, too? And do you live by the pool in the summer? —Erin

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  1. Katie H. says:

    Sounds like a great decision! I belong to a gym that sounds very similar, and it has become a home away from home 🙂 I LOVE the variety of classes and machines. Plus, I feel held accountable when I’m gone for a couple of days and the other regular gym-goers notice and ask me where I’ve been.

    I don’t have kids yet, but I look forward to taking care of the free child care, the summer camps, and swim lessons some day when I do.

  2. Your gym sounds awesome! I have a membership to a Fitness 19 in a strip mall by my house. Totally bare-bones, which is just what I wanted. But I don’t have access to a pool in the summer unfortunately, and the closest public swimming lake is 45 minutes away. Ugh!

  3. michelle says:

    It’s so hard for us busy moms to get to the gym. I’ve just discovered at home training at imcloudfit.com as a way to stay fit. I can do it on my time, when the kids are in school, camp or bed. There’s no pool or sauna, but there’s also no commute and I don’t have to worry about childcare!

  4. rodney says:

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    There are a number of things you can do in the comfort of you own home to get fit and lose weight.

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    Keep up the good work on this blog it’s great.

  5. Robin says:

    I’m guessing you got a membership at Life Time! I love it there!