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Investigated Bally's fitness in Porter Square. Looks quite good, and the membership I would sign up for would probably include four personal trainer sessions to get started. Do I want to do this thing? If I do, it should wait til I'm back from my first two-week work trip coming up next week.

Looked at bikes for the shortest time... went to Ace Wheelworks, looked around at what they had. Saw some amazing bikes for more than a thousand bucks. I don't really know what I want to do about this. The old bike is still in good shape. I just think it's actually a size or two too small for me, since trying ringrose's bike when I found mine with a dead front tire.

I should at least get the old bike fixed. Then I can ride it for a bit, and if I decide to get a new one, I can sell it for its actual value, rather than depressing the price artificially since it has a flat tire.

In some ways, a bike and the gym membership feel mutually exclusive - if I'm biking to work, I'll bypass Porter Square for a more direct route to Kendall, and it'd be all weird and inefficient to go to Porter on those days. On the other hand, I don't want to bike every day, or go to the gym every day, but if I did one or the other each day, it'd be really good for me.

Whatever. I'm a step closer to action in the gym track, and in the bike track, and I will push closer to either incrementally and see what seems right as time goes on. It won't be til July that I really have a chance to act on this again, though. See the aforementioned business trip.

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jered
Jun. 10th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
If you do the gym thing, I recommend Amy G. as a trainer. She's my trainer, and I think she's one of the most serious there in terms of pushing you towards your goals. I've been working with her the past year and a half.

The Bally's membership scheme is, as I'm sure you're aware, somewhat shady. Basically you pay a large membership fee up-front, and a monthly fee that is discounted if you take their financing on the membership fee. So, it works out to around $50/mo for the first three years, which is equivalent to or cheaper than FitCorp or anyone else assuming that you commit to going for three years. If you quit after six months you still have to pay out the membership fee. After three years the monthly fee ends up around $18/mo, which is a great deal.

So, I recommend going to the Porter Sq Bally because the location can't be beat, but do think about it and commit yourself to sticking with it. Their membership scheme actually helps here, just think "I've already paid $1500, so I might as well use it." Also note, personal trainer sessions are expensive, but worth buying at least 24 if you don't know what you're doing in advance.

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