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I Am A Hypocrite! We Went Back To Lifetime Fitness

June 23, 2010 · 12 comments

in Health & Fitness, Personal Finance

OK, confession time….

Less than two weeks ago, I wrote this post about how you don’t need to spend much money to get in shape.  I discussed how my son approached me about re-joining Lifetime Fitness, and we decided that we could use the exercise equipment we have around the house instead.

Several days after our initial discussion, my kids all re-approached me about going back to Lifetime Fitness again.  They had some good arguments too, such as:

  1. They are all playing basketball this upcoming school year, two of which will be in high school.  Practicing basketball in a real gym is so much more beneficial than playing on our cruddy basketball net in the driveway.
  2. There are indoor and outdoor pools, which is cheap entertainment in the summer.
  3. There is good weight-lifting equipment that would probably be safer and more effective than what we have in the basement.  (My kids are all very slight, and coaches have all told them it would help their performance if they got stronger.)
  4. Lifetime has racquetball courts and rock-climbing walls.   (They know how much I enjoy racquetball.)
  5. Increased family time – we can all play basketball together, swim together, etc.
  6. (In their view..) It actually isn’t that expensive if it is used frequently enough, which they promised to do.

OK, so they had a good case for returning.   In addition, as a parent, what greater place is there for your teen to be spending time than at an exercise facility?  However, where was this $149/month going to come from?

Well, travel soccer costs will be reduced this year because it is less expensive when you get to high school, and there will also be less tournaments to attend since my daughter will not be playing in the spring.  But, that is not enough to cover $149/month.  So we had a discussion of what we were willing to give up.  It was decided that eating out is what would have to go.  We would still keep our weekly tradition of going out to lunch on Friday, but that would be it.  (We normally ate out for lunch more frequently in previous summers because we would be out and about, and would just eat lunch along the way.)   If we joined, lunch would be at home now, and they would all be helping me make it.

So, in the end,  I caved…  However, the kids do realize that as soon as they are not going to Lifetime frequently enough, the membership is gone, for good.

Thus far, we have made great use of our membership.  As a matter of fact, the basketball courts have really paid off as the kids and I have spent hours and hours there, and their game has really improved.  That is important because they have several high school basketball camps coming up.   We have also done a lot of swimming, some rock climbing, and the kids have used the exercise area too.

Unfortunately, I did end up getting sick after all that exercise.  I had previously always blamed it on picking up germs from the exercise machines.  However, I have not been to the exercise area yet, just the gym and the pool.  So did I get sick from a basketball, or just from overdoing it?  That is a question for another day.

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Mrs. Money June 23, 2010 at 9:03 am

Sometimes you just have to do those things. I think that it would be easier for me to lose weight if I had a gym membership, but I’m too cheap to get one! 😉

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Kris June 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Mrs. Money – just think of all the money saved in future health bills if you get in shape! 🙂 (At least that is part of my justification…)

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-S June 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

I’m rejoining this fall so maybe we can motivate each other to go. I would rather be outside walking and bike riding in the summer and even at the height of work-out motivation a few years ago, I still never used my membership in the summer. Good luck with it though… I know your kids are pretty good about following through on their commitments.

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Kris June 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

S – I mainly rejoined for access to the pools and gym, although I think the boys envision themselves ‘pumping iron’ daily… 🙂

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Money Reasons June 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I think they may be a social benefit for your older kids too! I think that’s a pretty reasonable price considering the entire family goes!

As you said, the key to to make sure it’s being utilized to the full extent possible (especially in summer)…

I think you made a great choice! 🙂

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Kris June 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Hey MR – Thanks for all the support! We just have to keep going. We did play basketball there again yesterday, and the kids did go swimming. Plus, I will have someone to shower if I ever lose power. 🙂

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Budgeting in the Fun Stuff June 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm

You know I think it was a good choice. Kids are cute…you can’t be too hard on yourself when their cuteness and logic overpowers you, lol.

Maybe you got sick from the swimming pool…that would suck but it happens to me every time I go to a public pool. Sorry.

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Kris June 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

BFS – I was overpowered for sure. They know me too well.

I know what you mean about getting sick in a public pool. However, I was just sitting in a chair. Maybe it was a germy chair?

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Young Mogul June 23, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Well, what can you say…it was for the kids.

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Rebecca The Greeniac June 26, 2010 at 3:02 am

Well you know, there’s exercise for exercise sake and then there’s entertainment. Sounds like the kids needed some of the latter, and perhaps it’s not such a bad thing to spend a little money on that. I mean, you’d rather have them swimming and playing racquetball than sitting in front of the Play Station all day!

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Kris June 27, 2010 at 10:12 am

Greeniac – You got that right! Especially with summer here and the temptation for more video games. I am kind of crabby about how much they play video games, much to their chagrin.

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