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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.


Jun. 10th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
Both of those options sound really great in your overall quest towards better health and fitness. I think that it would be a fantastic idea to set a goal for yourself to either ride your bike to work or go work out at the gym on X days of the week (aim for something realistic like 4-5 days of exercise a week to get started). And I think if you can swing it, get a bunch of sessions with a personal trainer. It takes a long time before exercise becomes part of the routine for some of us, and having an appointment with someone to keep as part of that is very helpful motivation.

I don't have anything to say about the bike issue because I know next to nothing about bikes. :-) Other than how to fall off one.

I wonder, though, whether there might be other options for health clubs that have a better membership scheme that doesn't require you to stay for three years to get your money's worth out of it... I would be very concerned that you decide six months down the line that this particular health club isn't your style or doesn't fit your needs and then you're stuck. Do they have a trial membership for a month? Some way to see if you like it from more input than just a tour and brochure?

I think it's great that you are taking these steps, even in the thinking process, and I am hoping to jump-start my motivation as well. So here's to encouraging each other! :-)
Jun. 10th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I forgot to say in my post above, thanks for reminding me:

Definitely sign up for the 30 day membership and go a few times. The only trouble here is that its kinda awkward doing so and not knowing what you're doing, so perhaps see if you can buy one training session to use during the trial (I don't know if they do that).

The Bally isn't the most modern gym in the world, but it is large and full-featured. A few years back I went to the FitCorp in Kendall a few times (another option for you) but basically found that if the gym wasn't less than a 5 minute walk from my house, I wasn't going. YMMV.
Jun. 10th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
Fitcorp was good back when I worked near there, but you're right. It needs to be the easiest thing in the world.

Several people have pointed out how good the personal trainer will be for motivation. I'm counting on that, if I go through with this.

First thing I should do, though, is use one of these guest passes to visit the place for real :)


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