How I Started Working Out Again

So I joined a gym.

equinox gym hollywood

And not just any gym – Equinox – like the most expensive gym.

Now if we are friends, or you have been reading this blog for a long time, you are confused. Because you know I don’t like to move or sweat or do anything to elevate my heart rate. But the truth is, I’ve been scared to get back in shape. I used to go to the gym religiously, back when I had my eating disorder. And I was afraid of being immersed in that world again – the one where EVERYTHING is about the body.

I actually joined a gym a few years ago and went about 8x the whole year. It was easy to push it off – it was only $40/month. Equinox costs more than 4x that.

So anyway, I first started thinking about exercising regularly this summer, after I walked all around NYC (5-6 miles a day) and felt great. I looked into classes, doing something online – and then I got a mailing from Equinox saying they’re waiving their $300 initiation fee right now. I went in, talked to their very friendly people, explained my history and great great fear – then tried not to look totally uncool when they told me how much things were going to cost.

Honestly, I didn’t think I would sign up. How awesome could a gym be? They gave me free pass to try it out. And three days later, I was hooked. I can watch Netflix and Hulu on their treadmills. Their classes are taught by the top instructors – though I admit I don’t know if I have the balls to take one other than yoga. The place is CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. Maybe it’s their free organic tampons or their eucalyptus scented wet towels or the gorgeous showers – all I know is, I’ve been waking up at 6am every single day without an alarm clock and I am actually going to the gym.

Of course, this is only week 1. I might not go again the next 360 days but I don’t think I could handle wasting that kind of $$$.

Do you go to an expensive gym? Do I sound crazy? Is this like I’m learning to drive in a Porsche?

P.S. This is 100% not an ad for Equinox – they are giving me no discounts for blogging about this. But if you do ever sign up and don’t already have a friend who’s a member, I’d appreciate if you used me as your referral (they’d give me $150 credit!)

P.P.S. I’m in Shape Magazine! No not because I’ve been exercising for 4 days.


12 thoughts on “How I Started Working Out Again

  1. Darbi Worley

    Wait, are you back in NYC?? Come to one of my classes! I teach at Equinox Greenwich Ave and Bond St. Monday and Wednesday mornings.

  2. Mike

    Wow, thats really expensive! But its worth it if you use it. I joined a expensive gym(lifetime athletic) in June at 130.00/mo. They had indoor and outdoor pools, 6 total with a water side. Place is country club like with healthy food options, salon, classes, state of art exercise equipment and many other amenities. Used pool area alot during summer but now that its over I quit because it was toooo much money for just using equipment. Back to la fitness at 35.00/mo with access to all their facilities.

  3. Trouble Jones

    OMG ARE MY EYES DECEIVING ME!!!! This is so exciting!!!! Vine St location I hope!! When I am walking again we can go to my friend’s yoga class on Tuesday mornings (it’s not too hard!) and there’s a barre class on Sunday’s it’s so good!! And then we can take off all our clothes and take the eucalyptus towels into the steam room!!! I’m so excited!!!

  4. Lez

    Good, Lynn! 🙂 Take it easy and just have fun! Do you like lifting? I’m learning how to lift and there’s something really special about being able to pick up stuff all on your own.

    Don’t let the gym take over your life, but instead be the one in control! =D

  5. Galley

    I work in a large manufacturing plant. I usually walk 4-6 mikes per day, so when I got my Apple Watch in May 2015, I began to walk briskly, to elevate my heart rate and burn more calories. With biking on the weekends, I have burned a minimum of 650 active calories for more than 820 days in a row, and have lost 20 pounds. I wouldn’t know what to do in an actual gym!

  6. joy

    The cost of Equinox is the main reason I worked out there — I knew I wouldn’t be able to stomach not making the most of it! Agreed — the cleanliness is a HUGE factor. It never smells like a gym. The amenities are amazing, and the classes are fantastic. So fun!

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