Yes, I know I am supposed to be a financially stable young adult. And I think, for the most part, I am. But I am a financially stable young adult who works for a tiny non-profit organization so, while I can easily shell out my monthly car payment and still not buy all my clothes at the thrift shop (thanks for the title inspiration, Macklemore), I am also not rolling in excess cash.
All that being said, I sometimes find it frustrating that, as someone who has the urge to try all the cool workouts everyone else is doing, money can sometimes be a limiting factor.
Exhibit 1: I love the hot yoga studio near me, Arrichion. But a monthly unlimited class membership there costs $89. I don’t hold this against Arrichion AT ALL, mind you, because I know this is average or perhaps less than average for a great yoga studio membership. Problem is, I can’t rationalize spending $90 per month on JUST yoga because that isn’t all I do and I would need to still have a place to lift and cross-train. So I have resigned to waiting around until Arrichion does Living Social deals of $20 for 10 classes… which they do regularly… and I buy every time. Yes, I am that cheap Living Social girl. Judge away.
Exhibit 2: I recently found out there is a popular CrossFit facility near my apartment. I have been dying to try CrossFit because so many of the people I
stalk follow via blogging and social media LOVE it. The drop-in rate is $15 per class which is fine and all but I know it is going to take more than a few classes to get the hang of it. And what happens if I become obsessed and am dying for a membership? Well I can have one… if I shell out $149 (!!) per month for a year.
So basically, if I want to be a weight-lifting, yogi, cross-fitter I have to spend $260 per month on gym memberships alone. If I did that, I likely would NOT be making my monthly car payment… because that is equivalent to my monthly car payment! Luckily my regular gym membership is a measly $20/month (thanks, Planet Fitness) and my uber obsession – running – is free. But what’s a girl wanting to branch out into new realms of the fitness world to do?
How about you: What gyms do you belong to? What would you choose between a regular gym membership, yoga, and CrossFit?