gyms http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1127/all en-US The Cheapest Way to Get Fit and Strong in 30 Days or Less http://www.wisebread.com/the-cheapest-way-to-get-fit-and-strong-in-30-days-or-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-cheapest-way-to-get-fit-and-strong-in-30-days-or-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/exercise-177741688.jpg" alt="gym" title="gym" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're looking to get fit or just need a change of pace, scoping out gyms can be fun. And if you plan carefully, you could get up to a month (or more!) of gym memberships for free. Below is a list of nationwide gyms that offer low-cost (or even free!) passes up to 30 days in length. Simply start at one club and work your way around the rest to maximize your sweat sessions &mdash; and your savings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-legit-ways-to-use-the-gym-for-free?ref=seealso">Legit Ways to Use the Gym for Free</a>)</p> <p>If all the gyms on this list are in your area, take full advantage! Just be sure to chat with staff about any terms or conditions that might be site specific. If you live somewhere off the beaten path, don't miss our last tip about sussing out free options in your hometown.</p> <h2>Snap Fitness</h2> <p>Though it's not free, the 24-hour club <a href="https://www.snapfitness.com/30-day-trial">Snap Fitness</a> offer is too good to pass on. They offer a month (30-day) pass for a small $8.95 admin charge, earning you a &quot;smart card&quot; with access to over 1,500 gyms worldwide. That's just 30 cents a day.</p> <h2>Gold's Gym</h2> <p>A solid week of zero dollars training? Sign me up! <a href="http://goldsgym.regsignup.com/fl3/lp3/default.aspx?partnerID=38">Gold's Gym</a> offers a totally free seven-day VIP membership at many of its locations across the country. Terms vary by gym, so be sure to call your local spot before you go.</p> <h2>24-Hour Fitness</h2> <p>No hassle! Sign up online to download a free pass to try <a href="https://www.24hourfitness.com/membership/free-pass/?pass=CLUBPASS#step/1">24-Hour Fitness</a>. With 400 locations across the country, you'll likely find one near you.</p> <h2>Bally's Total Fitness</h2> <p>&quot;It only takes seven days to fall in love&quot; with <a href="http://www.ballyfitness.com/get-started/guest-pass/free-guest-pass.aspx">Bally's Total Fitness</a>, or so professes the club's website. Regardless, that's a free week of access for you &mdash; complete with exercise instructors, state-of-the-art equipment, and lots of fun classes to try.</p> <h2>LA Fitness</h2> <p>If you'd rather not go it alone, take advantage of <a href="https://www.lafitness.com/Pages/freepass.aspx?clubid=546">LA Fitness</a> and its free three-day pass for you and a buddy. You can even check out this <a href="https://www.lafitness.com/VirtualTourPlayer.aspx">virtual tour</a> of a typical facility before you go.</p> <h2>Anytime Fitness</h2> <p>With 1,981 clubs in North America and 516 across the globe, there's a good chance there's an Anytime Fitness club near you. Best of all: There's &quot;absolutely no obligation&quot; to join if you take advantage of the <a href="http://www.anytimefitness.com/membership/gym-pass">free seven-day gym pass</a>.</p> <h2>YMCA</h2> <p>I've been a member of several Ys throughout my region, as their fitness centers feature competitive rates and pool access. And membership to one club gains access to them all. Though passes vary from location to location (for example, Boston offers a <a href="http://www.ymcaboston.org/form/free-3-day-ymca-pass">free three-day pass</a> and Los Angeles offers a <a href="https://www.ymcala.org/metro/pages/free-pass">free seven-day pass</a>), it's worth calling your local Y to see what's available in your area.</p> <h2>Your Local Gym</h2> <p>Don't see your gym on this list? Your local options may very well offer you a chance to try their facility for free. All you need to do is ask. Either stop in for a tour or just call ahead to negotiate your perks &mdash; just be sure to watch for any hidden fees or strings attached. I once earned a whole week of workouts this way.</p> <p><em>Have you taken advantage of the local gym's free trial offer to get in a workout &mdash; or seven?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cheapest-way-to-get-fit-and-strong-in-30-days-or-less">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-exercise-tools-for-a-killer-workout">10 Cheap Exercise Tools for a Killer Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-waste-your-money-on-these-6-workout-snacks">Don&#039;t Waste Your Money on These 6 Workout Snacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-workouts-besides-crossfit-that-may-actually-be-hurting-you">5 Workouts (Besides CrossFit) That May Actually Be Hurting You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-simple-ways-to-get-motivated-for-your-workout">7 Simple Ways to Get Motivated for Your Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-no-sweat-workouts-perfect-for-the-workplace">10 No-Sweat Workouts Perfect for the Workplace</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Health and Beauty fitness freebies gyms workout Fri, 23 May 2014 08:48:28 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1140170 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best Cheap Winter Workout Spots http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-winter-workout-spots <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-cheap-winter-workout-spots" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/winter_exercise.jpg" alt="Gym class" title="Gym class" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="159" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Winter&rsquo;s about here, and you might be finding yourself in less-than-stellar shape. Have no fear: There are a few inexpensive and easy-to-reach workout spots nearby, so you can get fit fast.</p> <h2>Community Centers</h2> <p>Cheap and as close as down the street, community centers are perfect for drop-ins. There&rsquo;s no annual fee, no contract, and no long-term commitment. All you have to do is show up, pay a few dollars, and work out. Plus, you get to know people in your local community and may even procure a stellar exercise buddy or someone who wants to hit the woods with you. Since community centers are open mostly during the week, though, you&rsquo;ll be on your own for weekend workouts.</p> <h2>YMCA</h2> <p>Great classes. Super weight rooms. Easy access. These workout spots offer everything from standard free weights and swimming pools to classes in yoga and qigong. Some even have racquetball courts, karate training, and masseuses. If you catch YMCAs at a good time &mdash; such as in the middle of the summer or even in the late fall &mdash; you can find a good deal on deposits and monthly fees. Some centers also offer scholarships or fee reductions for people living on lower incomes. Just ask for an application at the front desk, and they can hook you up.</p> <h2>Parks and Recreation Departments</h2> <p>Close to home and primarily focused on outdoor sports, parks and rec departments are best for family-oriented activities, operating baseball fields, rollerblading and cycling lanes, even lakes for kayaking classes. They&rsquo;re fun, they&rsquo;re in your neighborhood, and they&rsquo;re generally cheaper than taking a trip to a state or national park.&nbsp;</p> <h2>National Gym Chains</h2> <p>Bally&rsquo;s and World Gym may seem like expensive solutions for working out, but sometimes they have stellar deals, like a lifetime membership that involves a pretty hefty sign-up fee followed by a monthly price lower than the local YMCA as long as you keep your membership active. Another bonus: You can usually find a place to work out in any major city when you&rsquo;re on the road.</p> <h2>Your House</h2> <p>If you just don&rsquo;t have the money or you&rsquo;re in a more remote area that doesn&rsquo;t offer good gyms, you have a few trusted standbys you can turn to any time. Like running, which you can do pretty much year round, even in some of the coldest places, as long as you have the shoes and layers to do it. Other people run in circles in their living rooms or apartments when all else fails. Walking is another good choice for year-round fitness.&nbsp;</p> <p>Or go back to your childhood and start jumping rope again. It&rsquo;s a great workout, and it&rsquo;s cheap. DVDs for aerobics, calisthenics, and martial arts are also good choices, especially if you rent them from your local library.</p> <p>If you start right now, regular exercise can help you ease your way through the holidays with less stress and more energy! So pick a workout spot, lace up your shoes, and get to it.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sasha-a-rae">Sasha A. Rae</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-winter-workout-spots">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/exercising-in-a-winter-wonderland-how-to-be-fit-and-frugal">Exercising in a Winter Wonderland: How to Be Fit and Frugal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-legit-ways-to-use-the-gym-for-free">8 Legit Ways to Use the Gym for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes">Where to Find Free or Cheap Yoga Classes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-exercise-in-under-5-minutes">15 Ways to Exercise in Under 5 Minutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-great-body-weight-exercises-and-why-you-should-do-them">20 Great Body Weight Exercises (and Why You Should Do Them)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty affordable exercise gyms winter Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:00:11 +0000 Sasha A. Rae 305980 at http://www.wisebread.com You Can’t Save if You Don’t Try http://www.wisebread.com/you-cant-save-if-you-dont-try <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-cant-save-if-you-dont-try" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/another costanza wallet.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">There has been much discussion about whether certain money-saving strategies are worth your time.<span> </span>Our own Philip Brewer <a href="/i-turn-down-free-money">recently gave his two-cents</a> on how much his time may be worth in relation to some of the more popular &ldquo;free money&rdquo; offers out there (great article).<span> </span>In a recent article in Parade Magazine, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Harford">Tim Harford</a> alerts us to &ldquo;Bargains That Aren&rsquo;t.&rdquo;<span> </span>Here&rsquo;s why I disagree, and how I&rsquo;ve successfully cashed in where others have walked away.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The &ldquo;Bargains That Aren&rsquo;t&rdquo; article is available online for anyone who wants the unabridged scoop.<span> </span>Basically, it gives six common ways people try to save money and how behavioral economists have deemed them to be more harm than good.<span> </span>While the article does bring up some valid points, there are always ways around the lure of spending more, and many disciplined shoppers (including myself) have found at least some of them to be great opportunities to stash some cash.<span> </span>Let&rsquo;s take a look at the presumptive examples:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Anything you buy on credit</strong> &ndash; I don&rsquo;t disagree with Mr. Harford&rsquo;s stance that using a credit card can lead to higher spending habits.<span> </span>The sky-high consumer debt numbers confirm this fact.<span> </span>But to discount the value that a low-interest rate card in the right hands can have is irresponsible.<span> </span><a href="/top-seven-reasons-why-i-use-my-credit-card-for-everything">When handled the right way</a>, credit cards have provided many people with liquid funds when they need it.<span> </span>Small business owners, especially, find credit cards to be the tool they need to succeed and thrive.<span> </span>(I myself have been fortunate enough to have a variety of very good cards to help in my business purchases while waiting on client payments.<span> </span>Plus, I can&rsquo;t even tell you how much I&rsquo;ve earned in rewards!)<span> </span>By keeping my <a href="http://www.credit.com/credit_information/credit_help/Credit-Improvement-Your-Amount-of-Debt.jsp">debt to available credit ratio extremely low</a>, my credit score has increased dramatically over the past two years &ndash; from average to excellent with relatively little effort.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Mid-Ranged Products</strong> &ndash;<span> </span>I&rsquo;ll file this topic into my &ldquo;Good to Know&rdquo; folder.<span> </span>I hadn&rsquo;t totally considered the effects that marketing certain high-end products could have on purchasing decisions at the mid-price level.<span> </span>(Although I doubt it affects me too much &ndash; I&rsquo;m more of a &ldquo;<em>I got it on <a href="/free-category-on-craigslist-to-be-renamed-haul-away-my-old-bulky-broken-crap-for-free">Craigslist</a></em>&rdquo; type of girl.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Manufacturer&rsquo;s Rebates</strong> &ndash; You don&rsquo;t have to be a <a href="/trying-out-cvs-madness">CVS fangirl</a> or a couponaholic to understand how unfounded it is to claim that rebates are all-in-all a bad deal.<span> </span>The article claims that less than half of all rebates are successfully redeemed (and therefore leads readers to believe they should be avoided.)<span> </span>But why is this?<span> </span>While I admit that some companies have made it increasingly difficult to redeem rebates, it isn&rsquo;t exactly rocket science.<span> </span>If you want that $25 back on a PC upgrade, make a copy and mail your stuff in on time.<span> </span>If you don&rsquo;t want it, don&rsquo;t do anything.<span> </span>But please don&rsquo;t assume that it&rsquo;s something most people can&rsquo;t get a grasp on.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you really want the money, you&rsquo;ll follow through.<span> </span>And while rebates can &ldquo;lure&rdquo; many into buying something they don&rsquo;t want or need, I am a living example of the opposite.<span> </span>I have waited months (even years) to find the right combination of sale price and rebate to get luxury items at almost no cost and not effort.<span> </span>My favorite purchases (including my iRobot Roomba) were examples of successful rebates.<span> </span>To date, I&rsquo;ve had little to no trouble redeeming them through reputable companies when following their guidelines.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>An Ebay Auction Deal</strong> &ndash; Here is another example of where consumers are presented as the &ldquo;victims&rdquo; in this article. The allure of auctions is made out to be so powerful that many don&rsquo;t know when to stop bidding, thus paying more for their purchases than they would have otherwise.<span> </span>I equate this to gambling in some ways.<span> </span>The thrill of the bid is a sign of deeper problems, in my opinion.<span> </span>(And the article actually gives some good advice to pick a price and walk away if the auction goes any higher.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Free Stuff</strong> &ndash; I&rsquo;ll agree with the article on this point (kind of.)<span> </span>People tend to buy something overpriced or unnecessary because of the emotional reaction that getting another item &ldquo;free&rdquo; can give them.<span> </span>This is obviously not a good choice.<span> </span>The article went on, however, to compare buying a overpriced DVD player (with free DVD) to <a href="/special-events-that-will-cost-you-nothing">free entry into a museum or gallery</a> (claiming that the time spent in line is most costly.)<span> </span>It is still up to each individual to <a href="/pay-attention">decide what their time is worth</a> &ndash; please don&rsquo;t decide this for me.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Yearly Gym Memberships</strong> &ndash; This one is either a great deal or not.<span> </span>It&rsquo;s up to you and your lifestyle entirely.<span> </span>The key is to know yourself well enough to know if you will <a href="/gym-class-the-diy-difnf-thesis">really use that membership</a>, and plan accordingly.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Parade article has readers&rsquo; best interests in mind, I&rsquo;m sure.<span> </span>But I try to avoid generalizing consumers&rsquo; spending habits by labeling any deal as a time-waster, a money-trap, or beyond the comprehension and abilities of all shoppers.<span> </span>Instead of crossing rebates, auctions, and the other &ldquo;bargains&rdquo; off the savings list, why not teach the steps to success and let buyers make the right choices for themselves?<span> </span>While these ideas aren&rsquo;t for everyone, you might just be surprised at your own financial savvy &ndash; when you take the time to learn and try!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-cant-save-if-you-dont-try">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/double-coupons-they-could-cost-you">Double Coupons – They Could Cost You!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/in-times-like-these-separate-the-want-from-the-need">In times like these, separate the want from the need.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-tip-do-not-spend-when-you-are-sad">Frugal Tip: Do Not Spend When You Are Sad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-is-gasoline-so-cheap-a-cost-comparison-of-40-common-household-liquids">Why is Gasoline So Cheap? A Cost Comparison of 40 Common Household Liquids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Frugal Living Consumer Affairs Shopping credit cards eBay free stuff gyms rebates saving shopping Mon, 28 Jul 2008 03:10:47 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2270 at http://www.wisebread.com How To Turn A Video Game System Into A Gym Membership http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-a-video-game-system-into-a-gym-membership <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-turn-a-video-game-system-into-a-gym-membership" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fitness.jpg" alt="running shoes &amp; controller" title="Running Shoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>Never thought you could actually get in shape with that <a href="&lt;a mce_thref=&quot;http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSony-PlayStation-2-Console-Black%2Fdp%2FB000TLU67W%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dvideogames%26qid%3D1191116608%26sr%3D1-1&amp;tag=wisbre09-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&quot;&gt;PS2&lt;/a&gt;&lt;img mce_tsrc=&quot;http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisbre09-20&amp;amp;l=ur2&amp;amp;o=1&quot; width=&quot;1&quot; height=&quot;1&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; style=&quot;border:none !important; margin:0px !important;&quot; /&gt;" target="_blank">PS2</a> or <a href="&lt;a mce_thref=&quot;http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&amp;keywords=Xbox&amp;tag=wisbre09-20&amp;index=videogames&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&quot;&gt;Xbox&lt;/a&gt;&lt;img mce_tsrc=&quot;http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisbre09-20&amp;amp;l=ur2&amp;amp;o=1&quot; width=&quot;1&quot; height=&quot;1&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; style=&quot;border:none !important; margin:0px !important;&quot; /&gt;" target="_blank">Xbox</a> , huh? And I&#39;m not talking about the <a href="&lt;a mce_thref=&quot;http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FNintendo-RVLSWCUSZ-Wii%2Fdp%2FB0009VXBAQ%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dvideogames%26qid%3D1191116784%26sr%3D1-1&amp;tag=wisbre09-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&quot;&gt;Wii&lt;/a&gt;&lt;img mce_tsrc=&quot;http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisbre09-20&amp;amp;l=ur2&amp;amp;o=1&quot; width=&quot;1&quot; height=&quot;1&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; style=&quot;border:none !important; margin:0px !important;&quot; /&gt;" target="_blank">Wii</a> system, which will have you throwing controllers through the window and breaking coffee tables with your tennis swing. No, I&#39;m talking about good old fashioned exercise, with the help of a personal trainer. </span></p> <p><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>Believe it or not, I justified buying a PS2 because it&#39;s cheaper than hiring a personal trainer and getting a gym membership. All I had to do was buy the &quot;game&quot; called <a href="http://www.yourselffitness.com/" target="_blank" title="Yourself Fitness">Yourself Fitness</a>. </span></p> <p><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>Maya, the personal trainer in the program, is a character you soon begin to think is an actual trainer in front of you and not a video game character. She starts by helping you set up your profile and guides you through a fitness test to determine your current level of fitness, cardiovascular ability, weight, and general health. </span></p> <p><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>Then, depending on what you specifically want to accomplish (from losing the thunder thighs to developing more upper body strength), she will design a program customized to your profile, using the equipment you own (like hand weights, steps, or stability ball). You determine your workout schedule and length, and you&#39;d better stick to it - Maya gives you grief if you miss a session! </span></p> <p><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>You can also use the program to take advantage of yummy menu plans (customized to whatever daily caloric intake you wish), and yoga sessions in between or instead of scheduled workouts. </span></p> <p><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>Your fitness level is measured and tracked as you progress, as you are required to retake the fitness test every 10 workouts. </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>Although I find the program to be fun and a great use for myself, there are a few things I would warn you about before you rush out to buy a video game system for this: </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>1: If you are in excellent health, you&#39;ll probably ace the fitness test, and not be able to track your progress particularly since there isn&#39;t anywhere to go but down. But it doesn&#39;t mean the workouts won&#39;t be challenging; in fact Maya asks you how each segment is and if you don&#39;t find it tough enough you can tell her to up the anti!</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>2: You have to like working out at home. Some people can&#39;t stand it. Others appreciate the time saved in not going to to gym and the freedom to exercise in their jammies if they like. (Not like I&#39;ve ever exercised in my jammies. No siree. Not me. I&#39;m hard core. Whoooaaah!)</span></p> <p><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>Yourself Fitness is compatible with the PS2, Xbox, and PCs. So go ahead....justify that video game system you always wanted and cancel your gym membership - it&#39;s healthy! </span></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-a-video-game-system-into-a-gym-membership">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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