Since I moved I've been working out in the fitness center in my complex where I live. That's been great (talk about handy), but it's small, and reality is that I'm 'out growing' it - for what I want to do, I really need access to a full size gym.
I'm not looking for a specialized gym, as I'm primarily doing my own thing. A good selection of weights (and enough racks and benches), a bit of cardio equipment, and a cross-training area (can be small and fairly simple) is all I need.
Where I used to live there was a Crunch nearby that had everything and when I workout (early morning - starting at like 5 a.m.) the crowds weren't too bad. The only gym like that, with hours that I need, near where I now live is a 24 Hour Fitness (which I will be checking out next week).
If I choose a gym closer to work, I have a few more options - but that means packing all my work clothes, makeup, shower supplies, etc. I've always avoided traveling too far to a gym just because of that - is it really a PITA (I'm a woman, so can't just rinse off and toss in some gel and call it a day, ya know)? If you do go straight from gym to work, any tips or tricks that you've found make it easier?
No, I'm not interested in going after work - I have my reasons, mostly knowing myself and that I am far too likely to skip after work workouts (plus I never know when I could get held over at work for unknown lengths of time).