My friend CIndy and I signed up for gym memberships together.
- The gym is a twenty-five minute drive from our homes.
We decided that it would be beneficial to carpool. Cindy and I figured that by holding each other accountable, we’d be less likely to procrastinate. After one visit to the gym, I realized that Cindy and I have very different approaches to our gym membership. Cindy is only interested in tanning beds and taking advantage of a massage. Despite the wide inventory of machines available, she strictly uses the treadmill. She reads on her iPad and walks at a slow pace. Cindy never gets sweaty enough to require a shower. She only wants to devote about 30 minutes at the gym. I want to workout for an hour or more. There’s no doubt I need a shower afterward. I get drenched in sweat. If I run on the treadmill, I sprint and often challenge myself with an incline. I vary between the stationary bikes, rowing machines and ellipticals. After completing aerobic exercise, I utilize the strength training machines where I focus on my biceps, triceps, abdominal muscles, shoulders, back and outer and inner thighs. I workout with resistance bands and battle ropes, lift free weights and kettlebells and workout on the speed bag. Since Cindy is only interested in visiting the gym once per week, I’ve started going on my own three or four days. I want to get the most out of my membership fees. Cindy has told me that she doesn’t plan to renew her membership at the end of the year. She doesn’t think it’s worthwhile. I enjoy working out at the gym and have seen the benefits. I will renew my membership.