We've all been there. Sometimes it’s you, sometimes it’s your gym, but somewhere along the way things just stopped working. It’s time you just threw in the towel (maybe literally) and went your separate ways. It's time you switched gyms.
Luckily, this breakup won’t include a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Instead, this breakup will kill your workout boredom, help you blast through that plateau, and maybe even let you save a few bucks.
Here are 6 signs you might need to break it off with your current gym:
1) You've hit a plateau.
Maybe the plateau isn't you. Maybe it’s your gym. The weights aren't heavy enough, the elliptical just doesn't get your heart racing anymore, or the motivation is flat-out gone.
When you first sign up for a gym, lifting more than 20 pounds or jogging more than five minutes could seem daunting. In the midst of powering through tough workouts we often forget that progress sneaks up on you.
Progress is essential, but certain gyms only carry weights up to a certain amount or have a handful of cardio machines. It’s easy to not realize when your entire workout becomes your measly warm-up. If this sounds like you, then you might have outgrown your gym.
Kick your gym quality up a notch! Look at gyms that offer classes or personal training sessions. Additionally, make sure the weights allow you to make natural progress and don't create a glass ceiling. You could be one kickboxing class away from blasting through your plateau!
2) It’s not worth the money.
Are you spending $60 a month to use a treadmill? I hate to burst your bubble, but you can walk, jog or run outside for free. Or if you hate the thought of going outdoors, you can probably save up and buy your own treadmill for your home.
If you're a one-trick pony when it comes to workouts, don't waste your money on things you don't need. Think of all the cute workout outfits you could be buying with the money you save!
Really assess whether or not you need all the facilities your gym offers.