Yesterday, Boston Sports Clubs and I ended our one-year relationship. (Or more accurately, we began our separation, since there’s a thirty-day “end notice” period and I have a few weeks left to use their nice facilities.) This break-up (like some from my past and perhaps your own?) was premeditated for quite some time before the actual dialogue took place. During my ten-minute face-to-face conversation with their friendly representative, I kept wanting to laugh because of how much the conversation reminded me of a relationship break-up, except for that I felt much more confident. Here’s a rough approximation:
Me: (feeling like I’ve done something wrong) I’m sorry, but I’d like to end my membership.
BSC Guy: Can I ask why?
Me: Financial reasons.
BSC Guy: (surprisingly understanding) Have you… joined another club?
Me: (legitimately surprised; I wouldn’t cheat on my gym. Besides, how could I be paying for TWO gyms?) No…
BSC Guy: Do you know your monthly rate?
Me: Yes, it’s (painful even to speak of it) around $75.
BSC Guy: We have a promo running now where I could get you down to about $63. Would that change your decision?
Me: No. (This is clearly still a ridiculous amount of money. Our relationship is fatally doomed even if you change slightly.)
BSC Guy: OK, well, let me just get a form for you… Really, have you joined another gym? Planet Fitness, maybe?
Me: (protesting my innocence) No! I really like it here! I’ve worked out a lot the past year, and I’m much more fit than I was. I just… can’t afford this anymore. (signs paperwork)
BSC Guy: Planet Fitness isn’t bad, you know. And it’s wicked cheap, if you’re looking for options.
So on that note, I am on my way to independent fitness maintenance again. I might join a cheaper (much, much cheaper) gym, but not right away. Since I do most of my exercise at the gym, this might be in direct conflict with one of my new year’s resolutions: #2 Run at least two races, one longer than 5K. However, it supports well: #5 Trim budget in whatever way possible. This was a pretty obvious one.