Farewell Good Gym: Tish Says Goodbye to Total Woman

Paying for a gym membership at Total Woman was a blessing and a total indulgent act of awesomeness on my part. In this economy, gym memberships are usually the first thing to go, but I was adamant about wanting a positive gym experience as close as I could possibly get.

My place of employment has a gym at the main building, but I work from home full time, so it was a pain in me arse to drive to the place I finally got to break free from. Thus, I purchased a year at Total Woman and life was great. I met an amazingly cool trainer named Nicole who helped me become the strong beast I now am. She recommended Mark incorporate super-setting in my weekly regimen, and it worked wonders for me. She also got me into interval running, which helped me make the most of my runs.

I’ve loved working out there, but now the husband and I have decided to start setting our sights on buying a home … in Los Angeles …which is kind of a hard thing to do considering that a lot of homes around here are close to a million dollars — yet are the equivalent of a small shack. First thing we dumped from our budget? The gym membership.

Breaking up is hard to do! Credit: Free Grunge Textures

Breaking up is hard to do!
Credit: Free Grunge Textures, Flickr

Full disclosure: That corporate gym gives me a free membership already so it made sense to stop paying for another gym, but boy will November 30 be a sad, sad day in the Arana Household. Mark works at the gym I shall start to attend. This is good and bad. Not sure if you’ve ever allowed someone you’re with to train you, but it’s not always the best of sunny situations. (I tend to go from calm to bratty in 4.5 burpee-fast seconds.)

This is one of those big-girl decisions I had to make. It shall change my workouts I presume, so get ready. Operation Work Out with Your Spouse is coming. Wish me luck! Beyond that I feel as though I’m losing a good friend I wasn’t read to let go of. I’m in breakup mourning.

What about you? Have you had to make fitness cuts? What can you absolutely not give up? Do you subscribe to the philosophy that as long as you can move you’re good? Or do you give up when you give up the gym membership? — Tish

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  1. Deb E says:

    I didn’t renew my fitness/gym type magazines. Oxygen went out of business, so I guess that helped, lol. I have tons of fitness DVDs, a small gym at my apt complex and lots of home gym equipment, so I have no excuse not to move and exercise.

  2. I feel your pain! Luckily the apartment complex I am living in now has a small, but decent gym which I can use for free. I am moving out in January however, and I don’t think it will be in the budget to join a gym but we will see … if I can’t it will be a little heartbreaking

  3. Juanita says:

    Recently want to do some major remolding so gave up Weight Watchers monthly membership. Been a member for the last three years and lost 80 pounds. have kept It off too. I know what to do so hopefully I do it.

  4. Crystal says:

    Sad 🙁 I just broke up with my crossfit gym. Mainly it was because of coaching & scheduling but it sure had an impact on my budget. I need to cut costs too as I try to save for a condo. At the time, I reasoned the $136 a month was part of my health care plan and you can’t put a price tag on health! No doubt I am heathlier but there has to be a cheaper way 🙂
    I am a runner so I stil have that as my mainstay. Good luck with the new membership!

  5. AGH says:

    The gym membership is not negotiable. Every two years when it comes up I play hardball – ended up paying $800 up front for three locations for two years (comes out to about $33/month). I also workout 4-6x a week, so I need it and use it – well worth the cost. I leverage that I’m a loyal and good customer to get the best price. And, I always think “how much would a heart attack cost me?” Say no to the little things and you’ll be able to afford the things you want. Cost of a latte every workday for a month – $80. Average cost of buying lunch per month – $140. I generally make coffee at home, allow one latte per week, and bring my lunch 4 days a week and only go out to lunch for colleague’s bday’s, etc.