What I Learned on My Fitness Journey #2

You don’t need a high-priced gym membership to get great results.

Or fancy equipment, or a personal trainer. In fact, everything you need can be found at your local sporting goods store. In the past, when I saw people who were really healthy and fit, I’d always assumed that they got that way because they went to the gym all the time, owned the best fitness equipment to work out with, or hired an expensive personal trainer to show them how to exercise properly. That was my way of rationalizing my poor state of health. Since I had none of those things, there was no way I can ever get to the same fitness level as these folks. I used to think I was doomed.

I was wrong. I know now that you need none of those things to achieve total fitness. At 39 years old, I am in the best shape of my life. I can do things today that my teenage self could not do. I have not stepped into a gym for over ten years. I don’t have any fancy workout machines at home. And no personal trainer is at my beck and call. Except when I do my hikes, I work out at home. What’s in my home gym? A pullup bar, a set of dumbbells I bought from Target, pushup stands, a DVD player, and of course my P90X program. All the action happens in my living room in front of my TV.

This is something the multi-billion dollar gym businesses with their spendy fees don’t want you to know. You don’t need them to get great results. Along with thousands of other people, I am living proof of that. Trust me—I’m no freak of nature. All I did was follow the P90X program. Using just my bodyweight and some basic equipment, I achieved a level of fitness that I could only dream of just several years ago. Now, I’m not knocking gyms, because they do have their place, I’m just saying that you shouldn’t use a lack of a gym membership as an excuse for not being physically active. If you don’t believe me, check out this guy who achieved ridiculous results working out with just a bar.

The bottom line for me is convenience. I have three small children so hanging out at the gym is out of the question. I’d rather work out whenever and wherever I want. In the same amount of the time that it takes a person to drive to a gym, change into workout clothes, and begin the first set, I would’ve been done with my entire workout. That leaves me more time to live the rest of my life. That little bit of extra time with the family is a big deal to me. Plus, I don’t need to deal with gym rats, poseurs, form Nazis, wiping down sweaty equipment, waiting in line for my turn, showering in front of total strangers, inconvenient hours, expensive dues that keep going UP UP UP, traffic, parking, and wasting gas. Some people want to pay for these privileges. I prefer not to. You have 1440 minutes in a day. You can devote just 60 of those minutes to your health and fitness, or you can spend the same time driving to and from a place so you can workout.

The reality is that a gym membership doesn’t guarantee results. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to go to the gym and flail around without a clue as to what you should be doing. I had no idea which exercise is supposed to work what muscle group. If you ask for help, you’re going to get a different answer from anyone you talk to. Unless you sign on with a personal trainer, which entails additional fees, you’re likely to get lost in the crowd without a plan, system, or strategy. The results won’t materialize and you lose motivation.

Or, you can work out in the comfort of your own home to a program that is designed from the ground up for total fitness–cardio, strength, and flexibility training. The works. I chose P90X, but you don’t have to. Any one of BeachBody’s fitness programs are guaranteed to produce the results you want.

Let’s talk dollars and sense. For half the price of a typical gym membership initiation fee, you get a fitness program that you can use forever. There’s no monthly renewal fees, either. Plus, you can share it with your entire family. My husband and I workout together to the same program because it has different intensity levels. If my kids see me doing yoga and they want to jump in to try, no one is going to demand to see their membership pass.

Finally, I never have to worry about missing a workout when I travel because I can take my gym with me everywhere I go.

Is this a no-brainer or what?

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About Jade Nuyen

You know the people who tell you that life goes downhill after 40, or after you've had children? They're full of crap. I prove it to myself every single day that life begins after 40 and you don't have to accept being a frumpy out of shape mom as a lifestyle.
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2 Responses to What I Learned on My Fitness Journey #2

  1. Steve Brunst says:

    I can’t believe you used the video of the crazy pull up guy. That dude is my hero!! Absolutely insane power and flexibility. Wonderful story you have to share. Good luck with the rest of your journey.

    • Jade Nuyen says:

      Thank you Steve! That dude just blew me away, he’s absolutely amazing. Talk about motivating me to show up and Bring It! I’ll never look at the playground in the same way again : )