Wednesday, May 17, 2006

It Must Be Me......

Well I've been in Philly, well Ardmore Pa, now going on two months. I thought it was time to get back into some serious training which would now including finding a gym. At home, in Naples, FL., my community has a fitness center with a pool. The membership is included in my community dues. It has everything I want, need or gotta have including 1. pool, 2. dreadmills, 3. elipical machines, 4. free weights, and yes 5. machines. So I want a gym that has similar equipment and a pool.




So keeping in mind what I had, or still have since I haven't sold my house and I'm commuting every two weeks, I went looking. My first stop was the local YMCA, the Mainline Y. While it is "old" looking it was clean and neat. It has a 1. pool, 2. dreadmills, 3. eliptical, 4. weights and 5. machines. They also have spin classes twice a day at 9:15 am and 6:30 pm! I get a nice tour of the facility and they give me a week for fee to "try it out". The cost for a temporary membership is $72 per month no joining fee no processing fee. The Y is a 2 minute walk from my office.







The second place I went was the Philadelphia Sports Club. PSC is a 4 minute walk from my office. It is slick, shiny, bright..... I was greeted at the desk and told I had to meet with a "membership consultant", a guy with baggy pants three or four sizes to big who didn't speak English but streeteeze. He took a look at old me and ask what I wanted here. So I told him I have a cancer and a brain tumor (I couldn't resist) and was looking for a place to workout. "well wes gots us a special today....." and he launches into a sales pitch. "OK....give me a tour" I asked. As we walkout of his office we walk past an office with four guys in suits and ties that look like the local Sopranos meeting. There are just a few people working out but quite a few staff. He shows me the dreadmills room, the eliptical room, the machine room that is for not "serious" people, the stretching area, the free weight room, the "real machines", and yes a spinning room that has spinning classes 3 times a week. I ask about the pool to which he replies "yea we got one but not here it's at Highpoint" I ask "Where's Highpoint I'm not from around here." He says "I don't know, I'm not from around here either...." Well I could have guessed that. Now back at his "office" he says if I joined today I could get the month-by-month plan $99.95 plus $39.99 joining fee plus 39.00 processing fee. Could I try it out? I ask. Well if you do that you will have to pay the $199 joining fee plus the $39 processing fee plus the $99.00 month fee but you will only have to pay 1/2 for the first month since it is past the 15th. Sweet huh? $280 the first month?

Ok so maybe it's me, so tell me. The "older" Y with a pool, spin classes every day for $72 the first month as oppose to no poll , spin classes 3 days a week and the local mobsters all for $280 for the first month. What a deal.

Ok so what do you think?


I want go back to Florida.

13 comments:

TriFeist said...

I think the Philadelphia Sports Club needs a clue. Maybe they can buy one with their $39 processing fee and $39 sign up fee. Or maybe one of the Sopranos can kidnap one.

We miss you in Florida.

Curly Su said...

hey there--
i'm looking for apartments in new brunswick--if you have any connections, definitely let me know!

LouBob said...

Not even a question! Sounds like you're homesick?

Oldman said...

not home sick. it's just not like florida, everything and i mean everything costs more, taxes are more, gas is more....and you can't buy beer in the stores!

Cliff said...

:)...i pick the Y...go it.get the workout.and get out...clean and simple.

susie said...

Any new place takes time...I know. But sometimes change is good:)
choose the Y

Oldman said...

ok starting tomorrow i'm going to the y at lunch time for a 2 hr workout

Bolder said...

bet the babes lookin' for tanned florida guys with money ratio is better at the Y.

well, you asked didn't you?

Bex said...

The Philly Sports Club = eeewwww. Go for the Y. I hate gyms in general. They tend to be pick-up joints. I used to be a Gold's Gym member - and I couldn't work out without a guy or two always talking to me.

Bex said...

But I forgot to add that YMCA's tend to be more civilized. I go to one here in D.C. a few times a month to swim.

Bridget said...

I LOVE my Y, so you made a great choice. I hate those gym sales pitches.

David said...

I suggest Southwest, American or Delta. They'll get you home. Or Belkins, Mayflower or U-Haul.

Comm's said...

I hate, hate, hate to say this but based on your comments I would go to the YMCA.

From a business point of view, I can't stand the Y. Can you tell.