Why I Quit The Gym (Again)

Yes it’s true. I’m officially a two-time olympic gym quitter.

Although this shouldn’t be too surprising as it was all part of the plan – remember?

I was going to join a gym to gain access to a pool + weights so I could train for my summer half and triathlon, and then see where the mood took me from there.

And this week my mood said: sister friend, $200 a month for a gym membership is not going to fly any more.

Aside from the obvious hole in my wallet, I was also struggling with a very real thing I think we all go through from time to time: a hole in my motivation. It was MIA. Totally lacking. Like zero. None. Zip.

I had no problem getting to the gym multiple times a week to bike, swim, and lift all summer long. I had a huge goal to crush and knew I needed to get to work. But after I crossed the finish line at the New Jersey State Triathlon, I found myself almost dreading the gym. Not working out, really – but the gym itself. The bumping music. The crowded weight room. The general clamor of busy people wanting to see and be seen.

To help me get over the hump, I tried to write myself little workouts to do, which gave me a sense of purpose and a temporary goal to reach. I’d do 16 minutes of hiit, foam roll, grab a chilled eucalyptus towel, and quickly scramble to the locker room. When that started to fail, I began to take just about any class I could get into. Step aerobics. Body barre. Spin. Restorative yoga. Pilates. All of which were okay, but not something I’d make a priority to get to at the beginning or end of each day. There’s something about classes at big gyms – they just don’t feel quite the same as what I remembered getting at a boutique studio.

So I sat myself down and had a nice long talk about priorities, goals, and what it would take to light that motivational spark again.

Signing up for another race? Probably, but the next one on my radar isn’t till 2016. I’ll need to see what I can sort out in the near term.

Going back to what I love best? Fit crashing different gyms around the city and discovering new ways to sweat, feel good, eat well, and have fun?

YES.

So it’s settled then. I walked into Equinox yesterday and gave them the news. That it wasn’t them, it was me, and I was thankful for the memories but needed to move on. And by that I mean move on to playing the field again, because The Fit Crasher isn’t The Fit Crasher for nothing.

To help kick things off, FitReserve generously gifted me 10 free classes to use at their partner studios. So for the month of October, I will be testing out their service and reporting back with lots of new sweaty adventures.

Here’s to getting my groove back and resurrecting my old fit crashing ways. Onward + upward!

Have you tried FitReserve? Where should I go first?

 

Meaghan is the creator and editor of The Fit Crasher. A transplant to NYC from Washington, DC, she’s here to give you the skinny on all of her latest sweaty adventures, must-try trends, and fitness discoveries. When not exploring the city in spandex, Meaghan enjoys cooking, bluegrass music, and finding that perfect Instagram filter.

11 Comments

  1. Sana October 1, 2015 / 9:06 am

    Yeah… after using ClassPass I think I want to try 2395809432094 different gyms and not just be limited to one!

    • DC Fit Crasher October 1, 2015 / 9:56 am

      Agreed Sana! It’s more fun 🙂

  2. Kayla in the City October 1, 2015 / 9:50 am

    I’m totally a FitReserve convert.. and quit my gym as well. Something incredible about the personal attention at boutique fitness classes that I wasn’t quite feeling at Equinox

    • DC Fit Crasher October 1, 2015 / 9:57 am

      Oh I’m excited to hear that Kayla! I will certainly miss the locker rooms + access to a pool at Equinox, but other than that, I’m excited to get started with my FitReserve trial.

      • Kayla in the City October 3, 2015 / 9:06 pm

        I do miss the kiehl’s products a ton. loved those locker rooms

        • DC Fit Crasher October 4, 2015 / 5:54 pm

          I am having a bit of a mourning period over the kiehl’s locker room products. RIP.

  3. Ash Diamond October 1, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! Bo and I quit Equinox after four years as members and NEVER LOOKED BACK!

  4. Sara October 3, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    I totally hear you on the need for variety – I have been trying out so many new things lately and the newness is really feeding my motivation. Excited to hear about the new adventures with FitReserve!

    • DC Fit Crasher October 4, 2015 / 5:55 pm

      Thanks Sara! Glad to hear you are having fun trying new things – what’s your favorite fit crash discovery so far?

  5. Andrew Slezak October 7, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Ahhhh… I think the same could be said about working at a “big gym” too… I do miss the small studio life and knowing everybody by name that walked through the doors. You just feel like you make more of an impact.

  6. Lotta October 9, 2015 / 3:10 am

    Hi, I´ve never before heard that there is an opportunity to check out different studios with one contract. But its cool! Hope, you´ll enjoy your experiences! What I sometimes do in order to avoid boredness at the gym is training outside or doing workouts in my flat. With just some equipment and inspiration from the net this also works 😉

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