I'm on a roll. I did a workout for the second day in a row! I went to the gym and swam 25 laps in 25 minutes and then tread water doing scissor kicks and jumping jacks in the deep-end for another 15 minutes. Upon leaving I asked when my membership is due to expire. Looks like Chris and I need new memberships starting Sept. 6th.
Now the debate...I don't know where I will be teaching yet this fall so I don't know where I should get my membership. I was debating not getting one as I am mostly exercising from home, but come winter I will need an indoor location anyway. There are three "good" gyms in our area.
The Wellness Centre where we currently attend is most likely going to be on my way home from work and is located in the city where I will often spend a few nights a week working, going to darts, or hanging with friends. It will cost us over $924 for the year ($77 month) for a couple's membership or $531 for just Chris ($44 month) because he really likes it. It has a great workout space, a swimming pool (limited swim times), therapy pool, waterslide, great classes free to members, and an awesome trainer named Jodi V.
The YMCA is in the city, but will be out of my way by a few minutes. It also has a pool, but has lane swimming available at all times, a hot tub, squash courts if I become so inclined, and better workout machines (namely because they have individual tvs on them that you can plug headphones into directly. It also offers classes, but I'm not familiar with them or the weight area. Membership is more at $83 per couple or $48 single per month.
Goodlife Fitness is 7km from my house and I would have to pass it on my way home regardless of which school I teach at (with a few exceptions). It does not have a pool and I still need to tour the workout space to see what is available. It also offers classes, but I'm not sure if they are free. I used to belong to the women's only gym downtown which I really liked, but it costs more per month to have the option to go to both gyms. The gym is also open 24 hours a day during the week and open 7-6 on weekends. It costs $30 per person per month for a membership.
Time for some decision making. I wish gyms weren't so expensive. What do memberships in your area cost?