At the gym or at home? If you work out at home what kind of workout space do you have?
I cannot motivate myself to go to the gym regularly, even though there is one on the ground floor of my office building! It's just too small and there's always a wait for machines and the classes are too crowded.
At home I have an upstairs loft area that I use for an office and there's a tv up there so I can do my workout tapes (yoga, belly dancing, ballet) and I also have my treadmill in front of it (I can't do treadmill without having the tv on to distract me--too boring otherwise).
I've become a home exerciser. For years, I was a gym devotee. But then, my gym membership fees jumped to a whopping $80 per month - it just didn't seem worthwhile for me anymore.
Working out at home, I can just roll out of bed in the morning and go downstairs (no need to dress up and pack a bag). My living area has a good deal of space so I workout there. I have a nice closet to store my equipment (weights, step, balance ball, etc.). Stac
I used to go to a gym too, the university one. They had a great pool where I went 3 times per week for next to nothing because I was a student (it cost something like 60$ per semester!). When I left school, this became too expensive. It's a great sports center but there are no classes included in the basic membership fee and you also had to pay extra to use the weight lifting/ cardio machine room. Basically, what was included was the pool, the running track, and courts.
Then, I tried the Y. Loved the classes but the pool was atrocious. Small, dark, and crowded. Also, I didn't want to spend too much time away from home.
Now, I work out at home. We have a room called the office/guest/workout room. It has a computer, tv, dvd player, vhs player, and a futon. I also keep my stationary bike there. My weights (dumbells, barbell, medicine balls) are in a corner that was just wasted space anyway (the room has a "slanted corner" like when you cut the corner out of a square.) Step and stability ball are on top of a chest which makes the contents of the chest hard to get to. Ankle weights and tubing are next to the dvd/vhs players in the same cabinet that also holds the dvds and vhs (and my art supplies).
I find the whole thing to be a bit of a mess but there isn't much I can do for now. I don't have a huge amount of space because of the futon and computer desk (it's an old old old big desk, not even pretty; I sense a trip to IKEA...) The closet is big but it has all of our "stuff" in it (suitcases and such). It does the job well enough though so I won't complain. I just have to modify some aerobics videos to work with the space I have.
My dream is to have a whole room just for me where I would have my fitness equipment and art supplies. No futon but I would be OK with storing an inflatable bed in the closet or something of the sort.
My gym is just across the street, and I know that I would NEVER go if it were more than one minute away
I used to live about five minutes away, and it was way harder to motivate myself into going.
I really like my gym - they have very good classes and itīs only crowded in January and August. So I rarely have to wait in line for the stationary bikes etc. (Mostly I go to classes)
Itīs an international gym - JennyB goes to the same one in her country!
I do have some dvds and tapes at home - New York City Ballet Workout + yoga and pilates for dummies - and I do them once in a while. But itīs actually easier to go to the gym. Our apartment is small and I have to move furniture to make room for my yoga mat!
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I work out in a gym, because I need the motivation I get from going there. My gym is also just down the block! And there's another in my office building, plus some downtown. I go to the one on my block most often, so I can go there and back in my gym clothes. Sometimes I go to the ones closer to my work. Oh yeah, and my Krav Maga classes are in a place just next to the train station, so all my gyms are conveniently located.
I am very disciplined when it comes to attending classes, but when noone watches, I totally slack off. I love the inspiration that the instructor and the other attendees give me. When I started working out, it was important to look around to see other people doing poorly or even worse than me, and to see that they didn't give up. Going to the gym is also a social experience to me: you get to know some of the people and instructors and I enjoy seeing them every week. (And competing with them! )
I admire those of you who have the discipline to work out at home! The one thing I wish I had is a pool. I love swimming and imagine that I would do it a lot if I had a pool close by.
I love swimming. I am a water baby! But unless you have a huge lap pool it's hard to get any kind of rhythm going. Plus, unless it's a heated pool (which is very expensive) it's not warm enough, imo, to swim. I live in Arizona and my pool is only comfortable enough for me to use mid-June to mid-September. Of course, if I were super rich I'd have an indoor pool. That'd be ideal!