We’re debating re-joining the gym at a significant cost or working out at home with free online exercise videos. So far, I’m digging Jillian’s Michael’s 30-day Shred on YouTube and loving the zero cost. But I also miss swimming at the gym and the social aspect of working out. I need your advice – should we splurge and join the gym or workout at home for free?
Do you pay to work out?
Cost of joining the gym
A family membership to our local YMCA is $76 per month for two adults and two children. There is a $75 joiner fee, which they will not waive (I asked). Our annual cost is $987.
We would pay for it without HSA card that we’ve loaded up with pre-tax dollars. But still, $987 is a lot of money considering we could watch exercise videos online at home for free.
Pros of joining a gym
- We’d have access to a pool to swim! Great exercise and low chance of injury compared to other sports, like volleyball or Ultimate Frisbee.
- My husband could use the YMCA near his office to swim or workout on his lunch break.
- We’d get a small discount on the kids’ gymnastics and swimming classes.
- We’d be part of a wonderful community.
Pros of working out at home
- HUGE savings! With that $987, we could get nine massages, go out to 19 dinners, or fund half of our summer vacation.
- Bonding time. We’ve been having a lot of fun exercising together after the girls go to bed.
- We’re saving a lot of time because the 30-day Shred video is less than 28 minutes (watch it below!) A 30 minute swim takes an hour and 15 minutes, door to door.
- The video is actually pretty fun. Jillian is encouraging while not letting you slack off. And the pacing is quick enough that I don’t get bored (except for the push ups – those are brutal!)
- When we are ready for a more intense workout, we can go to level two. Also free. And there’s a level three!
- No pressure to find the best deals on workout clothes.
Get fit with us! The 30-day shred video LEVEL 1 that we’ve been doing:
Do you belong to the gym? I miss swimming but now that the weather’s warming up I can see myself running again.