The home gym, outdoor bootcamp, pt sessions, group sessions, gyms with classes, or 24 hour access. I like to have choices, but sometimes my quest to be fit can make my head spin, which unfortunately doesn't burn calories.
I think when searching for a gym to suit your needs it's important to look at a few factors.
Read and evaluate reviews according to YOU. Definitely ask around BUT what value are you taking from your hippie friend with the great bod who is obsessed with pilates if Serena Williams is your ideal body type and smelling incense in the air only makes you gag. All jokes aside – seek a gym or fitness strategy that not only meets your needs, but your goals. Most gym memberships are based around a 12 month commitment and you should plan where you want to go on what you want to achieve in those 12 months.
I chose Jetts based on where I am and where I want to be.
When I was 18 I was at my ideal weight, and worked out everyday. Sometimes a half hour walk, sometimes a 2 hour run. I didn't have a gym membership and I ate REALLY well on a vegetarian diet.
5 years later I am now working full time, married, eating meat again and 34 kilos heavier. I'm short so 30 kilos was essentially adding a whole half of me on to my weight. As life and responsibilities got busier, fitness went lower and lower on my scale of priorities.
I've come to that point where I know I'm putting my health at risk by creating bad habits and I want my gym to meet me where I am.
Here's why I chose Jetts.
Price. My favourite game is played after a day of shopping, pulling out a piece and saying guess how much. I am as thrifty as it gets and buy all items according to how much value I will get out of them – Gym membership included. At 23.90 a fortnight – That's the equivalent of a meal out, which quite frankly maybe I should miss until I've made some progress.
Convenience. My previous gym was part of a pool. It was newly renovated and beautiful BUT I worked in the city and it was close to home. If I had to stay late I would have to race to make it to the gym so I could sweat it out in front of the cleaners closing up. The race to get to the gym often got my heart rate higher than the workouts as the gym closed by 9- and earlier on the weekends. I didn't want to fall into the same trap of having "the gyms closed" as an excuse.
Staff. My Jetts – Oakleigh has particularly friendly and helpful staff which stems down from the management. I miscarried late last year and took some time off from working out, and while I never received a guilt trip about not working out, I got a friendly email from the manager (not the auto generated type) noting that I had not been in a while and to check how I was going and see if they could help me with anything.
Range. I love running and have never found myself waiting for a treadmill. I also love working with kettlebells and again have never been stuck waiting for one (as long as you are willing to go up or down a weight or wait a few minutes).
Lack of Arnold Schwarzenegger/ Paris Hilton wannabes. While I have seen up one woman's microscopic shorts as she completed burps in front of me, watched another woman workout late one night – in pyjamas, and seen one too many selfies in the weights area, the overall clientele does tend to be regular Jo's and Janes just coming in and out. I would like to jump upon my high horse and say that over achievers and model look alikes are only there for the Facebook status but in reality I just don't want to go to a gym where I feel intimidated or out of place.
I am soon to start the 8week challenge through my gym and have a goal of 15 kilos to lose. I will update everyone with my thoughts on the program.
jetts gym 8 week challenge
In short I would recommend Jetts for people who are don't care too much about status, looking for quality in the price, who want a gym that can get them started on their fitness journey.
(all photos have been taken from the Jetts instagram page - which shows they have a sense of humour)