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Gym Memberships: Worth It or Not?


Happy New Year!

How do welcome the new decade? By getting all pumped up with our fitness goals. 

It's a no-brainer that during January, the number of people getting gym membership spikes up. And by the way, we just did not make this up. According to the IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association, 12% of gym members join in January compared to the average 8% membership sign-up during the remaining months.

However, the Fitness Industry Association has also pointed out that most of these new members quit after 24 weeks.

So, before you hit the nearest local gym and sign up for spin classes or CrossFit classes, here’s something that we want you to ponder – is it worth it to go for a gym membership investment?

In the United States alone, 1 in 5 adults has a gym membership to one of the country's more than 30,000 gym and health clubs. These gym members pay on a monthly, or daily basis to be able to workout at the gym. Others even avail an annual gym membership.

Gym membership costs are not that cheap, and guess what, most of these memberships availed are not utilized to its full extent. As mentioned by Realbuzz, around 80% of Americans with gym membership do not use the gym.

Should You Go to the Gym?

There are a lot of reasons why you should just skip signing up at the gym, first, it costs money, and second, that money will go to waste if you are only half-committed with making time to hit the gym. And thanks to Youtube and all other social media platforms, people can easily follow fitness video tutorials that are free and created by popular coaches and instructors.

In case you haven't noticed, home gyms are also becoming more popular today, with fitness buffs and enthusiasts buying gym equipment for their home workouts, and of course, it's proving to be more convenient since you don't have to go out for the gym to be able to workout.

No more "I'm tired to hit the gym, it's too far" excuses!

And if you don't have money to invest in gym equipment, there are still free and proven exercises that you can do like walking, jogging, push-ups, and planking. Outside exercises, where you can enjoy the nice view nature has to offer, are also much better than being stuck in a four-corner space with a minimum view other than rows of treadmills, barbells, etc.

If you’re the type of person who prefers being alone, then going to the gym might be a little intimidating for you, and this could be another reason why you will ultimately stop going after a few sessions.

Who Should Go to the Gym?

While skipping your gym membership will save you lots of money this year, if you are 100% dedicated to transform your body and make it healthier and fitter, then signing up for the gym might be the best decision you'll make for 2020. Tag along your friends too so they can join in the fun, pain, struggles, and happiness that the gym experience has to offer.

Exercising becomes easier at the gym since you have a lot of options to choose – from cardio to lifting weights, and even fitness classes. Joining classes (like Zumba, spin, yoga, barre classes, etc) tend to be more fun and motivating instead of just working out alone. Plus, having a coach or an instructor to guide you and help keep track of your progress can give you a 100% chance of achieving your fitness goal. Even big movie stars prepping for the roles really on fitness coaches heavily to help them attain their body, so why shouldn’t you?

These are just some of the gym membership perks that you get to enjoy when you sign-up for your gym time. 

Regardless of whether you sign up for the gym or just keep things small, at Nordic Lifting are 100% sure that you'll achieve your fitness goals this 2020. Keep going!


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