Here’s my latest Dallas Morning News story, this time about how to choose the right gym, understand the contract and stay motivated. Click on the link to see the whole thing. Thanks to an old school chum’s wife, Natalie Dickey (pictured with barbell, below), for participating in the story. She’s lost more than 85 pounds in a year and a half pretty awesome, huh?
I need your help! I’m doing a story about how to choose a fitness center and what to do once you’ve joined. You can answer in the comments here or on Facebook. The story is aimed at people who are out of shape and/or are new to fitness. Now, fitness/the gym scene/running/etc. have always been a part of life for some of you — I have a question for you in a minute. But here are a few questions for those of you who discovered things later as an adult:
• What did you wish you knew when you joined a gym for the first time?
• Were there any instructions or answers that were difficult to get from staff?
• What classes, equipment, services, or other aspect was the most intimidating?
• After you joined, did you discover or experience something that made you wish you’d joined another gym instead?
Now for you fitness lifers (or anyone who’s joined a gym):
• What are your top five factors in choosing a fitness center? For instance, four my must-haves are proximity, fairly low-cost dues, an indoor track and yoga on its group exercise schedule. If the place has a wet sauna, too, I’m there. What about for you?
• What gadgets or programs do you use to keep you on top of progress?
• What do you do to motivate yourself to get in the car and go to the gym?
I look forward to your insight! The story is due to run the second week of January as part of a health package in The Dallas Morning News.
The trials and tribulations of Christy and Brian in the fitness department at least spun into a story idea. So, I guess they’ve been worth it. My Dallas Morning News story about couples who want to work out but can’t seem to make it, well, work.