I'm considering joining a gym. I need to build upper body and core strength, as well as improve cardiovascular endurance. I was a member of LA fitness from 2010-2012, during which time I made progress on those goals and lost about 40 pounds. I canceled my membership partly to save money, and partly because I was going to school at night and working during the day and had access to the university fitness center (not that I had time to use it).
Option A is LA Fitness.
1. I'm familiar with it.
2. It has a pool and hot tub, and I LOVE to swim.
1. It's expensive.
2. It's about a 20-30 minute drive between it and home or work.
Option B is Planet Fitness
1. It's cheap.
2. It's less than 3 miles from my house. So about a 5 minute drive. I pass it going to and from work.
1. It doesn't have a pool.
The pool is kind of a big thing for me. When I was a member of LA fitness I'd use it as motivation, a half hour swimming laps was my reward for a half hour lifting weights, and 15 minutes in the hot tub was my reward for swimming laps. At the same time, it seems silly to pay 3 times as much and drive across town when there's a perfectly nice place to work out so close.
I don't know. I don't know which one I'd be more likely to actually use. Does anyone have advice? Which would you pick if it were you?