Alright, so I have now tried another gym (that makes 7!): CG Arena. CG = Camp Gladiator. They made a gym!
So here’s their “thing”: while most gyms are 80% machines and 20% classes, CG Arena is 80% classes and 20% machines. And they deliver. They have a spin room, a studio, a class on turf, an outdoor adult jungle gym, and a boxing room. When it comes to machines, they have a medium-small weight room (about 20 weight machines), and probably 20 cardio machines (treadmills, ellipticals, etc).
In terms of location, this place is RIGHT by Gold’s Gym, and is between work and home – so super convenient. The pros: tons of classes, close to me, free until the end of May! The cons: not a lot of low impact class options, on the medium side of prices ($40s), requires a 6 month contract minimum.
So, my next step was to think about what my GUT was telling me I should do, and my gut was telling me start with Gold’s Gym because they (1) have no contract, (2) have the cheapest monthly rate, (3) have the best rate on personal trainers (if I ever want to go that route). If I don’t like them, then I’m under no contract and can therefore switch to my 2nd or 3rd choice.
And, since this is what my gut is telling me, then Gold’s SHOULD show up as the 1st place winner in my spreadsheet. Since it didn’t, something was off and it’s back to the drawing board. I re-evaluated my categories and the weight applied to each one. Basically, I am trying to make it representative of my gut. And here is what that looks like now: