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    Getting a gym membership or not?

    Hey Darebee fans,

    I am an outdoor sporter by hearth. Last summer I did a lot of run, open water swim and mountainbike sessions. Being outside and having total control on when and how long I sport is what I really like.
    I live in the Netherlands and slowly the autumn (there after winter) - season is kicking in. Last winter I was able to run regulary, was swimming once a week indoors but did not do a lot of cycling.

    Winter is not my best sports season, it is harder to stay motivated and sometimes I don't like to go outside if it's cold or raining..

    With everything that is listed on Darebee I can easily fill the indoor autumn and winter season but are also explorting other opions.

    Next friday I will visit a club, it is not a classic gym with lots off iron and machines, you can only follow lessons (Fitness Boxing, Fitness Bootcamp, CrossFit), pay a montly fee and can train as many days a week as you like. Via an appointment app, you pick a timeslot for a 30 minutes intensive training on a small group of 8-10 people. I can train outside peak hours, the club schedule can match mine so won't be affraid that timeslots are limited.

    I am not sure if a gym is something for me? I have never entered one in my whole life. I don't know what to expect and if a club or trainer can really make the difference. Perhaps a classic club focussed on weight- resistance training is better fit. Maybe I don't need a club at all, perhaps doing a few hitt sessions at a club and some Darebee exercises at home. <<choices, choices, choices>>

    My aim is to stay consistent with training and have a motivation to push myself through the autum and winter time. I like to develop a bit more strenght and muscle tone meanwhile loosing a few pounds. See my checking thread.

    Tips, suggestions and experiences with Darebee combined with or without a gym membership are welcome!

    Tnx.

    #2
    Do some trial lessons, I have always done this before starting any course, if the first lesson convinced me I would continue, otherwise I would look elsewhere
    Changing every once in a while is good, why limit yourself to what you already know? In the end, you always decide, but with a concrete response to more experience

    I finally trust my inspiration first and the first feeling then after I really tried.

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      #3
      Trial period is a must indeed, if only to check the quality of classes / places.
      It dépends on your goals and schedules, seriously. But what I can tell you is what I liked and disliked about my gym membership.
      First, what I liked : it made me try classes and things I wouldn't have done on my own (crossfit-like and bike classes), it made me meet interesting people (I had made some nice
      workout companions), and the coaches were nice and effective (I had one help me conquer - almost - sit ups )
      What I liked less : being "tethered" by the year (I have 3 weeks vacations in summer, that's almost a month of membership lost, let's face it!) if you want decent prices), and that in summer and holidays the number of classes went down.

      It was basically a nice-level gym, which had the advantage on being right on my home/office road (and choice of two easy public transportations back home), and membership included a one-hour session even month with one of the coaches to help set goal and decide on exercises. The days I didn't go there or did not run, I would do the Darebee Workout of the Day (or pick one that I considered completed nicely my week). It seemed to work well muscle and weight-wise.
      I was quite disappointed when it closed abruptly last week.
      (a last little advice : keep an eye on the contract on that point, and on "breaks" you may want to take bc of illness, trip or vacations, on the contract).

      Short summary: loved it, supplemented it with Darebee single workouts, but watch out for the fine print in the contract, the opening and classes hours, and the ease of access of the location.

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        #4
        Originally posted by PetiteSheWolf View Post
        Trial period is a must indeed, if only to check the quality of classes / places.
        It dépends on your goals and schedules, seriously. But what I can tell you is what I liked and disliked about my gym membership.
        I see if they provide a trial class before subscribing myself. This gym offers montly subscriptions but charge some money if you subscribe on/off in 3 months. If I don't like it after one month I terminate otherwise I train for 4 months oct-nov-dec-jan-feb and enter te club again the next year.


        Originally posted by PetiteSheWolf View Post
        First, what I liked : it made me try classes and things I wouldn't have done on my own (crossfit-like and bike classes), it made me meet interesting people (I had made some nice
        workout companions), and the coaches were nice and effective (I had one help me conquer - almost - sit ups )
        What I liked less : being "tethered" by the year (I have 3 weeks vacations in summer, that's almost a month of membership lost, let's face it!) if you want decent prices), and that in summer and holidays the number of classes went down.

        It was basically a nice-level gym, which had the advantage on being right on my home/office road (and choice of two easy public transportations back home), and membership included a one-hour session even month with one of the coaches to help set goal and decide on exercises. The days I didn't go there or did not run, I would do the Darebee Workout of the Day (or pick one that I considered completed nicely my week). It seemed to work well muscle and weight-wise.
        If you get injured they are flexible. I have seen they have less classes during the holiday seasons but stay open in the low-season, if I only opt for the winter season this won't affect me. This gym is about 2.5 km's from my home. There is another one 200 meters away but it is a gym more focussed on traditional fitness and weightlifting. Maybe I have to take a look there also they are open from 9:00 to 21:00 but there they don't have any classes.

        Originally posted by PetiteSheWolf View Post
        I was quite disappointed when it closed abruptly last week.
        (a last little advice : keep an eye on the contract on that point, and on "breaks" you may want to take bc of illness, trip or vacations, on the contract).
        Sad that they closed abruptly.


        Originally posted by PetiteSheWolf View Post
        Short summary: loved it, supplemented it with Darebee single workouts, but watch out for the fine print in the contract, the opening and classes hours, and the ease of access of the location.
        Thank you for your feedback.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Fremen View Post
          Do some trial lessons, I have always done this before starting any course, if the first lesson convinced me I would continue, otherwise I would look elsewhere
          Changing every once in a while is good, why limit yourself to what you already know? In the end, you always decide, but with a concrete response to more experience

          I finally trust my inspiration first and the first feeling then after I really tried.
          That is a good suggestion using and trusting my hard wired 'sixth sense' after the first visit.

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            #6
            This is a great question and one that I have also been struggling to answer for myself. There are so many free or low cost options for home exercise that I am not sure exactly why I would need a gym. I have decided to stay with home workouts for now, but building strength so that I may need a traditional gym membership later to expand my access to equipment.

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              #7
              Originally posted by ambermae View Post
              This is a great question and one that I have also been struggling to answer for myself. There are so many free or low cost options for home exercise that I am not sure exactly why I would need a gym. I have decided to stay with home workouts for now, but building strength so that I may need a traditional gym membership later to expand my access to equipment.
              ambermae I have not reached any limitations with Darebee exercises. Actually I am just starting up. The other route would be to put the monthly gym membership fee aside and buy some small equipment. With Darebee there is not much equipment needed nice to haves are: a few decent kettlebells, dumbells, a jump rope, a few resistance bands, wrist ankle weights, others??.

              Weights are only getting expensive when you opt for the ultra-heavy ones. On kettlebells (depending on your strength) I read 35 lbs (16 kg) if you are a male, and 20 lbs (8-9 kg) for females is a common starter weight. Small equipment is not expensive at all.

              Gym / Lesson pros as I see them:
              Classes
              Instructor can guide and coach you (Corrections on pose / form, motivational)
              You are able to train with and meet other people
              You have access to specialized equipment (horitontal bar, bench press, squat / deadlift weights, treadmill)

              Gym / Lesson cons as I see them:
              Costs (monthly fee, personal training even more)
              On peak hours a gym can be overcrowded
              Less flexibility in training hours (open/close hours)
              Travelling to a a gym and dressing up can be time-consuming (in 30 minutes you can complete a full Darebee program from home).

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                #8
                Originally posted by photon View Post

                ambermae I have not reached any limitations with Darebee exercises. Actually I am just starting up. The other route would be to put the monthly gym membership fee aside and buy some small equipment. With Darebee there is not much equipment needed nice to haves are: a few decent kettlebells, dumbells, a jump rope, a few resistance bands, wrist ankle weights, others??.
                A pullup bar!

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                  #9
                  I am not sure a class based gym is the right fit for a normally solitary sporter. A classic gym might be nice, if it has lots of floor space available, in case you just want an indoor space to do sporty things in the winter.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by HellYeah View Post

                    A pullup bar!
                    I don't have space to hang a pullup bar. In my stairwell I can do deadhangs, but it is not suitable for chin to bar pullups. About 2000 meter from my home there is a running circuit, that has monkeybars, and horizontal bars at 3 different heights. This morning I did a run and finished at the monkey bars, I was able todo 3 chin to bar pullups, not much but a good place to come back and practice.

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                      #11
                      I used gymnastic rings in the stairwell, worked quite well for pull-ups.

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                        #12
                        Guys / Galls,

                        This morning I visited a gym the first time of my life

                        I have to say it is a decent place, had a good chat with the owner he told me about the lessons they give and what the differences in there programs are. I could easily train and learn from them. It is a small gym with a personal touch but nothing fancy or mindblowing.

                        They work with a food app, one you just can get from an appstore. I already have a working diet in place "common sense + consistency" gives results, if I want more control or insights I can go with My Fitness Pal or another product.

                        - If I go there I loose my freedom.
                        - I have to stick to there schedule (they close or limit there schedule on all type of holidays and celebrations).
                        - Besides money I it will also cost me travel-time (it is only 10 minutes, but some slack and waiting time included is cost me 30 minutes per lesson).
                        - There lessons are only 30 minutes , you can train yourself to dead in a short timeslot but I am looking for a longer 1 to 1.5 hour training structure with accents like: warm-up, yoga / power, strength program / hitt, cardio program / cool-down, meditation.
                        - I have the impression the people training there are not people I can get inspiration from. I hope this does not sound offensive. I have respect and encourage everybody to do excercices. If I have to train with people I prefer like minded people with high goals and missions. The atmosphere was as bit cozy "aunties coffee club like"


                        The bottom-line I am going to spent some money on simple equipment and architect my own training with the help of Darebee. I am happy that I found this community!

                        Cheers

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                          #13
                          And that shows why visiting and feeling the atmosphere is so important. And Darebee is a good base Cheers back at ya!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by photon View Post
                            - I have the impression the people training there are not people I can get inspiration from. I hope this does not sound offensive. I have respect and encourage everybody to do excercices. If I have to train with people I prefer like minded people with high goals and missions. The atmosphere was as bit cozy "aunties coffee club like"
                            I am pragmatic: you simply can't get along with everyone and if I can choose I prefer like-minded people.
                            They have the right to be as they are and I have the same right, possibly in separate places


                            Originally posted by photon View Post
                            The bottom-line I am going to spent some money on simple equipment and architect my own training with the help of Darebee.
                            This sound very interesting

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