The Move: Finding a New Gym

My goal for this week is to find a new gym. There are two within walking distance in my new neighborhood, which I visited on Monday. Both offer a 7 day trial membership. Each has some drawbacks: one is your basic workout facility with lots of new equipment and 24/7 access, but no classes or nice locker room or anything. The other is a bit of a rabbit warren, equipment spread around various rooms in an old building. Some of the equipment looked 2 or 3 iterations behind what is most current; some looked new. But they have a mid-morning spin class, which is appealing, and they don’t charge extra for yoga or pilates. There are two more gyms in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle; I’d have to drive there, and parking is an issue. I like to walk to my workout, considering the walk there and back a part of my exercise. But the Ballard gyms are considerably nicer than what I saw on Monday, and have pools as well as classes and lots of equipment.

I keep saying I’m going to get back to swimming, although I must admit that in all the time I belonged to the Downtown YMCA, I never used the pool once.

My daily fitness goal is at least 10,000 steps a day, which translates into 4-6 miles of activity. Without a gym to use I’m walking, and finding new walking routes — which is fun. If I can no longer as readily walk along Puget Sound, I can enjoy beautiful homes with absolutely gorgeous gardens. And many of the streets are lined with lush cherry blossoms that are now in full bloom. It’s a decent trade-off.

Update on the gym when I make a choice.

7 thoughts on “The Move: Finding a New Gym

  1. Love the azaleas and cherry trees on your neighborhood walk. The cheery tree variety looks like the one growing outside our front door. It was beautiful for about two weeks. Then we got several days of rain and wind and poof! the blossoms were all gone. A compromise for you: drive to a great gym and then take a walk in your new neighborhood!

  2. for Phyllis: We’re supposed to have rain this weekend, but Seattle is entering the dry period where it hardly rains at all. Hard to garden, actually — we either get too much rain, or hardly any at all.

  3. for Phyllis: I actually do both gym and outside walking — try to vary exercise so I don’t put too much stress on joints by doing same thing all the time. 🙂

  4. Tough decisions. There is always a plus and negative to classes. If they have great instructors your good, however if they suck, you won’t use that feature of the gym. Try out some classes on a pass before you commit. And it will also give you a chance to check out the weights and equipment too! Good luck.

  5. for J: I think that’s good advice. The gym I think I want to join offers a free 7 day trial period, and I think I’m going to take advantage. It’s harder than you think to find a good personal trainer, by the way. Having had the best, I’m pretty picky. I tried a couple of people at the Y when I belonged there, and they just didn’t measure up. You set a high bar, my friend.

  6. Why thank you! I do try to live up to my clients expectations. Keep looking, there are diamonds in the ruff. Someone may outstage me, but they’ll never provide coffee and carrot cake on your bday workout! Haha

  7. for J: You’re right about that. I miss that great coffee, and getting carrot cake on my birthday was the best. I miss you, my friend.

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