I haven’t had a decent workout for over a year and a half and it’s time to get back to the gym. I used to go to the company’s gym at lunch 3-5 times per week and it really helped me manage stress. When I became a stay at home dad, I was planning to do my bodyweight workout whenever we went to the playground. This didn’t work out well because we just don’t get to the playground consistently. I never got a good workout in at the playground anyway because RB40 Jr. always wanted me to play with him.
Now I’m out of shape after spending so much time with the kid. (Sure, blame the kid…) My weight has gone up a little and I’m definitely getting plushy. It would be nice to get leaner and going to the gym will also give Jr. a chance to socialize with kids at the gym’s childcare facility. The only disappointing thing so far is the lack of wifi. I was hoping I’d be able to work on the blog a little bit after a workout, but that’s OK. I guess they don’t really want people hanging around at the gym.
How much is this going to cost?
I joined 24 Hour Fitness earlier this week to take advantage of their Thanksgiving offer. This is their Loyalty Reward program for the 300+ clubs.
- Initiation Fee: $24.99 (normally $49.99)
- Monthly Dues: $26.99 (normally $34.99)
From what I read, you should join a gym before New Year. Everyone will want to get into shape with the New Year and the gyms won’t need to offer a discount. Before Thanksgiving is probably the ideal time to sign up, but there might be some discounts coming in December, too.
Child care cost
- $5 per drop in OR
- $20 per month
I opted for the monthly fee. If we go at least once a week, it will be worth it. I’m planning for 3x per week so wish me good luck there. In the grand scheme of things, $20 per month is ridiculously cheap for childcare/babysitting. Let’s say we go just 10 hours per month, that’s about $2 per hour. You can’t even get a petsitter for that much. This will give us a chance to be away from each other a little bit and it will be good for both of us. The daily time limit at the Kids’ Club is 2 hours.
Ugh… Unfortunately, we’ll probably have to pay to park once in a while. Their parking lot is small and the gym is pretty busy. One hour of parking cost $1.60. I have been to the gym 3 times so far and had to pay once.
Luckily, my scale provides the BMI and body fat percentage reading. It will make keeping track of these things easier. Here are my goals.
Weight (Goal: 132 lbs)
Current weight: 137 lbs
I weighed around 132 lbs when I left my job last year so I gained 5 lbs in 18 months. That’s not good because I lost muscle and just gained a bunch of fat. The main purpose of going to the gym to gain lean muscle mass and get leaner. I don’t think I’m going to lose much weight, so I’ll just set a goal at 132 lbs. Actually, I won’t be too upset if I end up at 135 lbs at the end of 2014.
Body Mass Index
My BMI has always been in the high end of the “normal range.” It’s not really a big deal to me actually. I’m not going to worry about this one too much. It is just tied to the weight anyway. Current BMI = 23.5.
Body Fat percentage (Goal: 17%)
Current Body Fat percentage: 19.5%
This is the one I want to focus on. 19.5% is not too bad, but I’d like to get into the mid range of the ideal chart above. This chart is from the maker of Accu-Measure Body Fat Tester. The caliper is only $6 from Amazon (12/01/13) so if you don’t have a body fat scanner, it can be an affordable option. Another option is one of these hand held gadgets pictured below – Omron Body Fat Monitor. It’s a bit more expensive at around $35, but it’s really easy to use.
I’m not sure how difficult reducing body fat will be because I have never tracked this before. It seems like 2.5% is quite a lot to lose. That mean I’d have to lose about 4 lbs of fat and gain back that much in muscle mass. We’ll see how long this take.
2014 Fitness Challenge
I had been going to the gym since I was in college and I miss it. It worked well for me and it’ll be good to get back into it. The plan is to go 3x per week for an hour each time. I’ll do cardio for 30 minutes and then free weights for 30 minutes. I’m looking forward to this challenge although it will increase our monthly expense. It will be worth it if I can go consistently and get back in shape. In the past, I never had a problem getting to the gym, but we’ll see how it goes next year. I already went a few times and I’m sore all over. The long 18 months layoff wasn’t good at all. I’m sure all stay at home parents with little kids have a difficult time with fitness too.
What about you? Do you have any fitness goals for next year?
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