I have maintained a membership at the same fitness center for nearly twelve years.
I enrolled the year they had their grand opening.
The membership fees have gradually increased, but so have the benefits. They started with just a few treadmills and stationary bikes. The facility has now added rows of state-of-the-art machines. I can choose from all different makes, models and styles of treadmills and bikes. There is also a selection of stair climbers, rowing machines and ellipticals. They’ve brought in machines for strength training. There are specific ones to concentrate on biceps, triceps, abdominals, shoulders, back and every imaginable muscle group. There is an area where they have the traditional weight benches and dumbbells. In recent years, they’ve added a wide variety of weight lifting options. I have access to kettlebells, hand weights, resistance bands, weighted poles, weighted balls and battle ropes. One of the best additions to the gym is the selection of group classes. The built-in studio areas where they offer yoga, pilates, spin and circuit training. There’s a class available at just about any time of day or day of the week. I can fit a class into my schedule and the instructors are qualified fitness experts. The only thing I am not happy about is the influx of people every January. The gym advertises a membership deal that appeals to those people who make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. All of a sudden, the gym is crowded. I have a hard time finding a parking place. I get stuck waiting around for machines to become available and struggle to locate an empty locker to store clothes. The group classes fill up quickly. I would say that at least 95% of these new sign-ups quit showing up after a couple of months.