Two weeks ago I posted To Join a Gym or Not to Join a Gym. Brian wanted to join the local gym in town, and I explored the possibility of trying to squeeze the membership into our monthly budget. It has been two LONG weeks and here is our update.
How many times do you think Brian took advantage of his free 2 – week gym trial membership? Twice. Once a week. Now I can’t justify paying $10 for a 45 minute gym session. So I’m not sure what we’re going to decide to do.
If it were still summer time I would encourage Brian to ride his bike more outside. However, it is getting cooler and that is not going to be an option for much longer. But he already has a fairly expensive bicycle sitting in the garage gathering dust.
Another option would be to start looking on craigslist and freecycle for gym equipment we could get for cheap like Frugal Babe did in her post Our Own Gym for $300. Unlike Frugal Babe, we have a very limited amount of space that we’re dealing with and do not have the room to house our own home gym (no matter how small really).
With the weather turning colder we could find some work out videos. We have a pull-up bar and also some strength bands. However our living room has barely enough room to fit the tv and couch in it, so neither of us would really be able to stretch out to exercise, or even do the moves fully because the space is so cramped.
We have yet to sit down and actually discuss our options but the one I like the best is using my in-laws equipment for the following reasons:1. It would give me about 45 minutes of peace and quiet to work on homework, or just breathe. 2. All the kids would get some good socializing in. 3. Brian would be able to work out. 4. I’m not sure how this benefits my in-laws at all?
Since I’ve been pondering this whole ‘gym’ thing the last few weeks here are a few of the blogs I’ve found interesting…
Our Own Gym for $300 by Frugal Babe
Shunning the Scale by Girl with the Red Balloon
Review: EA Sports Active Personal Trainer for Wii by Out of Debt Again
Having a Dog Can Save you Money by The Ultimate Money Blog
When I’m Sick of Being Fat, I’ll Lose Weight by Enemy of Debt