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Find Your FitFam

Posted August 19, 2014 by Marie Arcidiacono in Life After Five

A few months ago I wrote an article about group fitness. It’s no secret that initially I was not a fan of group exercise. The idea of a “FitFam” was not for me (or so I thought).

Seven months later, I love my “FitFam.” It’s seriously got to the point that I MISS going to the gym when I am on vacation or away for work. I NEVER thought that day would come.

All it took was finding the right gym!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the gym that I workout at. The high energy, ever changing workouts and female dominated environment have allowed me to thrive when it comes to my fitness.

So, how can you find your very own “FitFam?”

  1. What’s your price point? A monthly membership fee can be a deterrent for some people, but honestly, you get what you pay for. I was hesitant at first to sign up at my gym because of the price but I am SO glad I just went for it. I have smaller class sizes, the trainers I workout with know me by name and we have great equipment. Just make sure you can afford your membership fees—there’s no reason to go into debt for a gym. Stay realistic about what you can afford and ask for discounts. Many places offer discounted membership fees if you make a 3, 6 or 12 month commitment, are an educator, a veteran, etc. You just have to ASK!
  2. How far is too far? How far are you willing to drive to go to the gym 3-4 times a week? If you aren’t going to want to get in the car and drive 15 minutes to the gym you won’t ever workout. If there isn’t a gym close to your house see if there is one that is not far off your route home from work. Sometimes that is the best way to find a gym that’s a good fit because you can schedule a stop at the gym as part of your daily routine.
  3. What type of instruction options do you want? Are you looking for a traditional gym, boot camp style gym, or a personal trainer? When you are looking for classes you also want to make sure you can make the times they are offered. If you are looking for more one-on-one instruction you might want to consider a more traditional gym. Traditonal gyms will offer you the ability to workout on your own, at your own pace, group classes and possible personal training sessions. However, I personally love the boot camp style gyms these days, so check them out!
  4. What type of workout environment do you want? I knew that when I was looking for a gym I wanted a female dominated environment—no offense guys, I just wanted that female energy—so I was on the lookout for a gym that offered a focus on female clientele. I also knew high energy and ever changing workouts were necessary, so those were the things I looked for. It’s important to know what type of environment you want and will thrive in. Also, consider what type of music they play, the last thing I want is to workout to music I can’t stand.
  5. Try out a few gyms before you commit. Laugh if you want but committing to a gym is similar to committing to a relationship: You don’t want to just jump in! “Date a little bit and make sure they (the trainers) are the right fit for you. Most gyms offer a free one week trial membership, take advantage of that! If a week isn’t long enough try and find a LivingSocial or Group On deal for a month membership at a super cheap rate (that’s what I did).

Hopefully you’ll soon be on your way to enjoying your own “FitFam” experience.

Do you love your gym? Are you looking for a gym? Share with me!

*Disclaimer: You should ALWAYS talk to your regular physician before starting any exercise routine. The author of this post is NOT a physician and encourages exercising/working out ONLY once you have been cleared by you physician.*


About the Author

Marie Arcidiacono

Marie is a Speech Communication professor who also coaches a debate team. She truly loves what she does and hopes to continue to teach for decades to come. In her "free time" she is an avid runner. Marie enjoys running a variety of distances, including the Half Marathon. She is dedicated to living as healthy a lifestyle as she can while balancing a very busy schedule. Marie loves to network and share ideas so writing for Career Girl Network is perfect for her. You can also read about her adventures on Why Not Girl!.