I think the joke on Fitness First minus - prompted the company to rename Fitness First plus to Fitness First Platinum. That sounded a lot better.
So after over 10 years of being a member of the gym. I quit. I can think of three reasons why I decided to quit.
1. To start - the club was supposed to be an exclusive club. Entry into the gym should be a bit difficult because of the up-front joining fee. It seems like this has already been waived ever since it was owned by Fitness First. So - every Tom, Dick, Harry, Jane, Mary, and Sue - can join the club.
2. Very few of my Fitness Friends have stayed at the gym. A lot of them have moved on to yoga, moved to Canada, or abandoned fitness altogether. Gyms are supposed to be fun because of the sense of community it provides. Unfortunately - I don't find that communal spirit in the gym anymore.
3. The last straw was a recent hike in the monthly fees - which automatically got charged to my credit card without prior notice. Sure - they blamed the very slow postal system in the Philippines - but - I am at the gym at least three times a week - why can't the front desk personnel just announce it? They charge our credit cards promptly --- so the announcement should be prompt. Doing it otherwise - just goes to show that customers are not much of a priority for the company.
So in the month of April - I quit. Apparently - they ask for a one month notice to quit. I really don't understand that - but what the heck --- I can overlook that one month notice. As long as I can be free from the burden of maintaining a gym membership in a gym that I no longer feel values me as much I think I should be valued as a customer.
Does this mean - I quit working out altogether? No. I have actually decided to utilize the gym in our Condo. I also found a Fitness trainer who can come to my place. (I would have wanted to just hire my former Personal Trainer from FF but I wouldn't want to get him in trouble.) These are my reasons for this alternative:
1. The money I will spend is less than half of what I used to spend on monthly membership dues plus Personal Training fees.
2. The gym is within the building I live in. So that's really convenient. I can quickly hit the shower at my place after the work out. So less excuses.
3. The equipment is new - since the gym just got renovated.
1. Rationalize my expenses.
2. Achieve my fitness goals.
You - my dear readers. Have you done anything lately that has taken you closer to your goals this year?