Let’s talk about the white elephant that we hear often –Why is Our Gym So Expensive.
Like any good consumer, we always search for the most cost effective item or way to get something. Why pay more when you can get something for less? This checkbox can easily be crossed off by your chain gyms in the area. They advertise, no commitment or as little as $10 a month. But then what happens after the first month or two. For most, unless you have an inkling of what to do, you find yourself bored of your routine or maybe lacking motivation. Ultimately, the goal you set may have stalled in terms of progress or you didn’t see much progress at all.
What you’ll see is not all gyms are created equal. I struggled with trying to reason with myself why one place was more expensive than the other. I could go to a local fitness club for much cheaper or go to a smaller facility with staff that would learn about my needs and goals and meet me where I was at. I took a leap of faith going to a smaller gym to see if I’d notice any gains or changes.
So I finally cancelled my regular gym membership and jumped all in. Despite the higher coaching costs, the few sessions I did attend, I really was in awe at how out of shape I was! This is coming from someone who thought, I’ve done half marathons and triathalons. I even taught group fitness classes at the gym…so how hard would CrossFit be?
To quickly wrap this up, after 9 years, I still love CrossFit and it has gotten me into the best shape of my life. I’m stronger than I ever thought I could be. I NEVER though I would ever be able to do perform pull-ups or climb a rope. And I’m no longer wasting my time trying to figure out what the next plan of action is to help me towards my goals. CrossFit has taken care of my programming, providing a coach and helping me eat better, and the accountability of the other athletes in the class doesn’t hurt either. Oh and I actually look forward to working out!
Quick side story – one thing that many people don’t know is that I HAD hypothyroidism (autoimmune disease, which slows your metabolism) that I was taking daily medication for, otherwise, I’d gain weight easily and wouldn’t be able to lose anything. After I had started CrossFit, my blood levels showed marked improvement and I’ve been able to get off of my medication! That’s a HUGE win for me.
For anyone on the fence that might be thinking, “I can’t afford it.” I would argue that you can’t afford NOT to do it if you need the results. It really works. You can spend the money now on a membership, or you can spend the money later on ridiculous medication and all the other fees associated with chronic disease. Your health is an investment that many of us neglect and pay for later in life. But if you take action now, as they say, “health is wealth”, you’ll prolong living so that as you age, you avoid that downward spiral towards decrepitude.