Find a Gym that’s Right for You Thinking of joining a gym? Many people find it motivating to work out with others and enjoy the variety of taking group classes like Zumba and yoga or working out on different cardio and weight machines. And remember, as an 1199SEIU member, you can get a discounted membership at the YMCA of Greater New York and Crunch Fitness (see box, below). But before you sign up for a gym membership, here are a few questions to ask:
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1. Do I want to take classes, work out on weight machines or swim laps in the pool? The answer may be all three, but make sure the gym you’re considering has the options you enjoy. If you love Zumba classes, but the gym doesn’t offer them, you may not get into a routine you’ll stick with.
2. Is this gym close to my home or work? If getting to the gym is inconvenient, you won’t want to go no matter how much it offers. Making exercise a regular routine takes time and repetition until it becomes a habit. Find a gym that easily fits into your routine and you’ll be more likely to go.
3. Does this gym fit my budget—and my personality? Some gyms offer all the bells and whistles as part of one fee, while others charge for extras like massage, personal training and juice bars. Think about your personal preferences and which services you’re most likely to use. Then find out if they are included in the membership fee. Read any contract carefully before you sign it to make sure you know what you are getting as part of your membership.
Take Advantage of the Benefit Fund’s Gym Membership Discounts If you’re thinking about joining a gym, we can help. YMCA of Greater New York: Save 20 percent off the monthly rate and 50 percent off the joiner’s fee. Just show your 1199SEIU Health Benefits ID card at any YMCA of Greater New York branch and you’ll get access to adult group exercise classes, reduced rates on programs such as swim lessons and youth sports, and more. Crunch Fitness: Get a one-year membership for $66.58 per month at any Crunch Fitness nationwide, or $63 per month for Crunch Fitness locations in New York City and Hoboken, New Jersey. Crunch offers a wide variety of group fitness classes—such as sports, dance and yoga-inspired classes—along with an array of cardio machines and weight equipment. Visit our website at www.1199SEIUBenefits.org for more details on these member discounts.
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