Article first published as Why I Love My Gym on Technorati.

Back in the spring, after a two-year interruption largely due my moving countries, I decided that I wanted to join a gym again. It is not that I had stopped exercising during this period: cycling, running, swimming and Wii Fit. However, I was getting a bit bored with the repetition of it all, and also thought interaction with other members would be a good idea.

I started to research what was available in the area where I live and matched my options to my personal criteria:

  • Variety
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Fitness/Health check-up available
  • Flexible training times
  • Inexpensive
  • No more than a fifteen minutes drive or bike ride

This is how I came across Mrs Sporty, recommended to me by a friend. The concept is a circle workout lasting thirty minutes. It encompasses everything you need: Warm up, strengthening exercises, cardio exercises, cooling down, stretching. Basically, there are eight weight machines and in between steps, balance boards, balls, etc for the cardio part, which changes each week. You go around the circle three times and then move to the stretching area. I personally add some more exercises such as push-ups or sit-ups, which brings the total time to forty-five minutes. In one hour, including going there and coming back home, I am done. Perfect for a busy Mum of two working freelance.

At 25 Euros a month, it is really good value, and this includes a monthly check-up to map your progress. The opening hours are flexible enough that I can go there when a convenient slot appears in my day. A nutrition program is on offer for those who want to lose weight, and I have to say that some of the results I have seen are pretty spectacular! Every week I pick up the new recipe being handed out, and the ones I have tried so far were delicious. The atmosphere is also incredibly welcoming and friendly. As its name gives away, it is a women only club, which was not a requirement for me. It does however mean that for someone who has never had a membership in her life, or is really out of shape, it is a lot less intimidating than a “regular” gym. Finally, various events are regularly organised, which adds to the fun even more.

I was there this morning and walked out feeling great. So great that I decided to write about it!

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