I decided to find a gym, join and try to get hot! I’ve done the gym before so it didn’t phase me. I found the most ridiculously fancy gym in the area, it even says as it’s tagline, “enter a sanctuary of total fitness – from hypoxic chamber to Natural Fitness Food, 75sqm of climbing wall to a suspended glass floor training area.” wowzers, sign me up!
My reasoning was simple, if I joined I’d be incentivised to go regularly therefore making any investment worth it. In fact in my head I though the more I paid the more likely I’d go… and at £159.00 per month! I had damn better well go. To even make it worth while joining on a 3-monthly recurring I had to go more than 2 times a week…. sounds easy!
I didn’t like this gym for quite a few reasons, most of them are standard across all gyms. Of course my opinion but I don’t think its just me:
- Lots of others watching and judging
- After workout and shower I still sweated through my shirts at the office desk after rushing back to work, not a great look.
- Logistically it was a pain to take gear to work, take home to wash and the time to get to and from the gym.
- Smell of sweat. Humid showers. Nakedness.
- Cost was crazy considering how much I went.
- No-one to talk to, motivate or hold accountable.
Another problem particular to this gym despite its ‘exclusivity’ was that it was always quite crowded. Why was this?
The answer I found in a Washington Post article I read that looked at a particular gym. This gym had 6,000 members but only the capacity for 300. Half never go and the rest only very occasionally. Gyms in general have many tactics they use to sign up a ‘perfect customer’, those that intend to workout but don’t. These include, the annual membership or other non-gym benefits like a smoothie bar up the front.
The problem was that over-subscribed the same, as all gyms do, but a larger percentage actually turned up! They turned up because of the exclusivity and the cost. Paradoxically this made the gym experience worse!
“Gyms typically sell memberships with the expectation that a mere 18% of people will actually use them.”I dug up various studies to show how terrible the follow through with gym memberships is. It is shocking how much money is wasted on the lies we tell ourselves. Some excerpts from articles below,
“80 percent who joined a gym in January 2012 quit within five months! Only about half of members go on a regular basis.”
“Thirty percent of members admitted that they never actually a break a sweat while they’re at the gym because they’re too busy chatting up others to focus on their workout.”
“…not continue going for various reasons not least the unjustifiable expense – 46 percent of former members citing the expense as the number one reason why they stopped using their membership.”
“… no social aspect – Fifty-six percent of current gym-goers dread the influx of newcomers in January.”
Now we get to the point… The reason that gym memberships do not make you fit or strong or lose weight is proven by the statistics. The stats say when you join the majority will not go or if you go, you
- Don’t to go regularly
- Don’t to go with a plan
- Don’t continue
- Don’t have any social accountability or motivation
One article cited a study that women are more likely to bail on gym membership than men. I found this interesting and assume it is because of the heightened sensitivity to the environment in gyms of judging or at least feeling judged by others there. Maybe I’m wrong on that one but it makes sense to me as this is how felt each time I went to the gym but maybe thats because I’m in touch with my feminine side.
In London I was never super fit and the gym didn’t help solve this. It is only in the last few years with some small lifestyle changes I’ve really gotten super fit and healthy.
Back to my last gym experience at the fancy London gym. Do you think I went more than 2 times a week? Hell no! I slipped off to between 1- 2 times a week and lasted only 12 months. This meant I was paying around $45 a pop! Nothing consistent or motivating enough to do regularly to actually make a difference to my fitness, health or most importantly to my looks in bed!
As proven through looking at the plain cold facts. As proven from my experience and the experience of others, for most gym memberships will NOT help you lose fat, get fit, get toned or even get strong!
I’m very curious to know from you,
If you don’t go to the gym like me what do you do for exercise?
Is the exercise you do keeping you fit and healthy or do you do it for other reasons?