I usually workout at home, so I don’t have much experience paying for fitness classes, but last year I started paying for several fitness programs, and I am beginning to realize that the benefits go beyond any given session.
The first program I started paying for was Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. I wasn’t sure about paying for a fitness program that I would be doing at home, but I have a lot of respect for Tina and heard great things about her program, so I signed up for the summer session. Even though the price is a bargain, knowing that I paid for the workouts made me that much more motivated to stick to the schedule, even when several business trips could have provided excuses to drop out.
Business trip to the Broadmoor–not a bad place for a workout!
I hesitated to sign up for the current Winter 2014 session because I have more business travel scheduled, but when Tina said that it might be her last, I decided I would make it work. (We are just starting week 2 of 8, so it’s not too late if you want to join me!)
Another fitness program that I pay for is spinning class. At the studio I go to (Revolve in Arlington, Virginia), you are encouraged to sign up in advance, although drop-ins are permitted if the class is not full.
Except when the roads have been icy, I have never missed a “ride” that I signed up for (and paid for) in advance–even the 5:30 pm classes that require me to dash out of work early. More recently I’ve been taking 6:00 am classes that don’t always fill up. I’ve thought about going on a drop-in basis, but I realized that the fact that I’ve paid for the class keeps me from changing my mind when I face the dreaded chore of organizing everything I need for spinning and work.
My Reebok gym bag with all the stuff I need to shower and get dressed for work.
My GMU bag with my spin shoes and water bottle.
My lunch bag with my lunch and snacks for work.
My work bag with my laptop and work papers.
My 4:45 am alarm has nothing on how much I hate getting all this stuff together. I am so afraid of forgetting something essential for work, and I have forgotten (on different days) face lotion, hair styling products, and earrings. At least I haven’t forgotten my clothes! I know I would be tempted to avoid this hassle if I hadn’t already paid.
I also purchased a package of the weekly yoga classes that are offered at work. Although I can’t always take a one hour break to attend, because I have paid for a package of sessions, I make more of an effort to go when I can.
If you haven’t guessed by now, I think the hidden value of paying for fitness classes is the extra motivation of having paid for a class. Maybe it’s because I’m
such a cheap skate so frugal, but if I’ve paid for something, I get frustrated if I don’t get my money’s worth.
Now, who will help me use up the package of ice skating sessions that I paid for in November? The Polar Vortex has iced my plans for weekly skate breaks!
Do you pay for any fitness classes?
Do you think paying in advance makes you more motivated to go?
Have you ever forgotten to pack something essential in your gym bag?