Gym or Workout Class?


I am intersted in getting in better shape.  I am small framed, but I feel like I need to work on my strength, core and cardio.

But here is my dilemma... A gym member ship = $500.00 per year or an all female weekly workout class = $300.00 every 2 months.

Gym:  's are that you have full use of the gym, 7 days a week, -'s are that you workout in front of everyone and don't really know what muscle or exercise to do.

Class:  's are that you workout with other women and learn exercises for specific body parts along with nutrional info, -'s are that the class is only once a week.

Nov 29, 2010 @ 04:08 pm

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comes down to comfort level

I think ultimately you will stick with a workout regimen if you feel comfortable with it and are seeing results.

Many gyms offer personal trainers or group tutorials for fitness and/or nutrition, as well as classes that target specific body areas (including aerobics, resistance training, yoga, etc). These are not services that would be exclusive to women-only facilities, so I wouldn't worry that you're missing out.

Working out in front of men can certainly be intimidating, and some gyms are little more than meat markets. I would suggest you ask around for specific recommendations in your area with those kinds of questions in mind.

However, there can be great benefits to working out in a mixed environment - bring your brother, male pal or boyfriend along as a workout buddy, change up your workout routine by alternating between classes led by men or women, or have access to a wider range of equipment.

If you feel a little self conscious, don't wear workout clothes that are close fitting; choose loose T-shirts and sweatshorts instead of lycra.

I have often felt intimidated working out in front of very fit women too - just the comparison is awkward. It ultimately comes down to this: where do you see yourself finding the best fitness success? At $100s or $1000s price tag, you should get your money's worth!
Nov 29, 2010 @ 04:20 pm


I went to Goodlife Fitness for a while and they can give you a 1 week trial, and a free session with a trainer to can teach you the moves and how to target your trouble areas. Goodlife also has many different group classes that are of no extra charge, you just gotta sign up right before every class. They also have women only gyms at various locations. You should check them out :)
Nov 29, 2010 @ 04:36 pm

Gyms vs classes

I worked at a gym for 10 years and I am teach swimming so I know of a number of things to do and look at. Some of these things may have been stated before.

Honestly the best the bang for your buck is a gym that offers classes with your membership. Almost all bigger gyms have this. This way your able to use the gym when the classes are not happening. Some bigger gyms have a woman's only workout room in the gym if you feel uncomfortable working out in mix company. Also, from personal experience, most people at the gym are there to work out and that's it. Women have this intimidated feeling that honestly needs to be gotten rid of. Yes some are there as a meat market but the worst time to go for this is right after work 4pm-6pm. The gym is the busiest at this time and you"ll get more of the "meat market" guys then. Going later in the night or during the day is not as bad for it less crowded. But I have worked out, by myself, when I was the only girl in the room and the guys did their thing and I did mine. I would also ask them questions if I saw an exercise I wanted to do and they would show me. I also had guys ask me how to do something.

Most gyms will also give you a free trial week, or at least a low price intro week, to test everything out and see if you like it. They will also have personal trainers. If your looking at spending extra money on working out then a personal trainer will work with you on what is the best workout for your body. One workout is not right for everyone.

Waring about classes only. What kind of classes are they? just aerobic? just weight? just cardio? The best exercise is everything. You should do cardio one day and weights the next. The more muscle you have the more fat you burn, even at rest. Therefore if you have more muscle, then cardio becomes a better workout. And NO lifting weight won't make you look like he man, doing basic 10-15 pound arm weights will do the job. Also most bigger gym with have a nutritionist on hand or on call too.

I agree with what mamaluv sad about bring a friend and the workout clothes. I wear a tshirt and yoga pants or tank top and shorts. It's all about working out, not winning a beauty pageant. the pageant comes after the

Remember the big thing is don't let intimidation get the better of you. This is the biggest killer of working out. I have even lifted weights at the college weight room which is usually all guys and a couple times full of my students. I walk in do my workout and talk to people I know. :0) I would tell women that I taught or workout with that don't worry about not being in perfect shape. Everyone at the gym is there to get in shape so your all in the same boat.

Hope this helped a little. I am happy to answer any questions. :0)

Nov 29, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

agree with Jenelle

Time of day can make all the difference in the workout crowd. There are gym regulars who are already quite buff, but plenty of other folks who just want to be left alone and are probably self-conscious too :)
Nov 30, 2010 @ 09:05 am


Thanks for the help girls!!

I think I might join the gym and try a few different classes over the year, that way I can figure out what I like, while still working out and getting cardio at the gym!

Anyone have any suggestions in classes or gym's in Edmonton?? let me know!

Much love chick advisor ladies!

Nov 30, 2010 @ 09:55 am

Beware of contracts

hey Sydnie
Beware of contracts that lock you in to a membership for long periods of time. Read the fine print and know that when you're signing up for a 5 day "trial", it's really a 5 day trial and not a "1 year contract with 5 days free" type of thing.

Not to thread jack but do you ladies know of any gyms that don't have contracts and one can just pay monthly?
Dec 01, 2010 @ 12:53 pm


Jenelle has the right idea. Don't spend too much money on either, definitely shop around - gyms are actually created and designed to be as "boring" and unstimulating as possible, so that people buy the membership, go a few times, then get sick of the crappy fluorescent lights and stripped-bare, boring interior and don't return again. So find a nice gym that has thought about a pleasant customer experience. And check out which ones offer classes gym use. Good luck!
Jun 14, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

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