Fit to be Tied: Why joining gym shouldn’t be just about price

It’s January, and New Year’s Resolutions about getting in shape are running rampant.

But much like the treadmill you’re contemplating hopping on, are you just racing to find the perfect gym but not making much progress, still in the same position you were just a few minutes early?
Joining a gym in January is a rite of passage, something the general public does as almost a reflex with varying success.

More than half of the individuals who join a gym in January end up quitting by the middle of February, and those numbers are daunting and disappointing in the same breath.

That doesn’t mean joining a gym isn’t done with the best intentions, but often times that feeling of being stationary and not making much progress at the gym comes from your driving focus of joining centering on one element that ends up being your Achilles’ heel.

Price, and price alone.

So it’s understandable that you want to join a gym, lose weight and stick to your January, New Year’s Resolution game plan to get healthy this year. And price is a big part of your decision, and that’s fine.

Setting your sights on price specifically isn’t always advisable, because a lot of what breeds success from an exercise standpoint has to do with more than just the monthly dues.

Price is, however, a huge selling point, especially when you consider that larger chains such as LA Fitness, Planet Fitness and Crunch are price sensitive in both their in person presentation when you tour the facility as well as marketing. Planet Fitness is all about their $10 per month membership, and even if you’re someone who hasn’t worked out in a while, who can’t part with that little of money each month?
But losing weight isn’t about a fad or how much the membership costs. Instead, the overall goal should be a lifestyle change that includes eating better, working out and the convenience that should go along with it.

If you pass a gym on the way home, and it’s $50 per month, maybe that is a better choice rather than joining somewhere for $10 and having to go out of your way to get there, perhaps even stopping home first (always a sure fire sign that you’ll quit, since going home and trying to motivate yourself to go back out is difficult).

In addition to the “drive by” approach, you should consider joining with a friend (twice as likely to stick with it) or a personal training studio or group class of other individuals who are at the same fitness level as you. Training studios have seen a rise in popularity mostly due to personalized training approach and results, rather than joining a larger gym, and having no clue what you’re doing.

The old adage of “not putting a price tag” on your health stands the test of time, and while what you pay is important, what you ultimately gain (or lose in this case) from the entire process trumps all.