I am looking to joining a gym in Arlington and looking for suggestion from people who are already or were members at gyms. Any feedback please.
It really depends on what you’re looking for in a gym? bare bones, group exercise, yoga classes, spinning classes, cross-fit, 20-30 year olds/meat market, 30+ demographics, ’boutique’ gym or national chain, personal training sessions, etc. And I’m guessing having a gym within the proximity of your work or home will be important, too.
A medical study (honest) determined the number one factor as to whether people followed through with intentions to go to gym was time to get there. In their report, the maximum travel time was 20 min. Any higher and people didn’t keep going to gym. Of course, there were other reasons for drop-outs, but travel time was number one.
@Dez Very true. The gym I go to is literally down the street from me. I go to the gym much more often then my previous gym which was about a 5-10 minute drive. Not too far. But yeah, the closer the better. Especially when the weather gets real crappy it’s easier to blow off the gym if you have to drive in it. Not to mention that my current gym caters to an “older” (30-40-ish) crowd vs. brahs. But if you prefer to be surrounded by brahs and brahettes instead of fuddy duddies, working stiffs, or moms/dads , like myself, then my gym wouldn’t be a good candidate.
fed – what gym do you belong to? Because I would love to find a gym not filled with brahs!
Fedworker and Dezlboy speak the truth about gym location. I go to the World Gym at Columbia Pike and Walter Reed. It’s nothing fancy, but is cheap (under $20 a month), has all the equipment I need, and is three blocks from home. I go there much more frequently than when I had to drive 10 minutes to Gold’s Gym.
Energy Club at Shirlington. I used to go to Bally’s (excuse me, LA Fitness) at Pentagon Row. I don’t know what the going rates are @ Energy these days. They’ll upsell the concept that they’re a boutique gym since they have towels and a few toiletries available in the locker room. I was a bit disappointed that they added a cross-fit studio which has brought in a few brahs. But I think the monthly fee manages to weed them out quickly.
If cost is a factor, and you don’t mind going an extra 500 ft past the border, Planet Fitness in 7 corners is $10/month
I used to belong to Arlington Sport and Health, and regularly went to the one on Kirkwood to play racquetball. I liked it. Then they started charging $5 per hour to use the racquetball courts, even for club members. Considering that I mainly joined the health club to play racquetball, this was ridiculous- essentially raising the membership cost by 50% or more. So I quit.
I second Planet Fitness. I go there every morning before work. They just remodeled and there’s wifi (which helps because it’s pretty cavernous in there). $10 a month or $20 a month gets you access to any location and their tanning booths and water massagers. There’s also a planet fitness at 395/Seminary Rd thats fairly nice.
Agree with Steve and Rick on Planet Fitness. It’s a basic, no-frills gym at a good price.
Anyone else not surprised that NS goes to Planet Fitness?
I belong to the Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Mostly I used it in the spring because I can run there on an indoor track, away from the tree pollen. I’m sure you can work out once for free.
Besides the previous comments about location (very true), I think you should add gym friends in the mix. If you know regular gym people, you should consider that gym. I used to work at Sport & Health, and I know that people who exercised together had much better attendance.
BTW, I don’t recommend Sport & Health. WAY too expensive and, unless you take loads of classes, not worth the exorbitant prices.
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