a new gym

For the past half a year or so, I’ve done almost all of my workouts in our home gym. It’s been an amazing resource to have. It’s so convenient and easy to get a sweat session in; I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to not having home gym equipment.

That being said, there is something magical about going to the gym. And sometimes I really crave it. I crave the shiny new equipment. I crave the plethora of weights. I crave the rows and rows of choices. I crave being surrounded by like-minded individuals. That’s why I was so excited to find out that there are two Anytime Fitness clubs within about 15 minutes of our new home. I had any Anytime Fitness membership when we lived in Bloomington (a perk of the gig), but rarely used it because the only club was on the complete other side of town—20 minutes on a good day. Now that we live in the country, driving 15 minutes to get to a gym seems like nothing, but when we lived in the city, 20 minutes was totally inconvenient. Relativity is a funny thing.

Anywho, that’s a long-winded way of saying, I went to my new gym yesterday! We’re still in unpacking mode, and since our home gym isn’t even close to set up, I figured I’d take advantage of my sorely neglected Anytime Fitness membership (you can use it at any club in the world).

I was really, really impressed with the quality and variety of equipment available. I thought for sure there was no way there’d be kettlebells or a BOSU at a gym in small town Salem, Indiana, but there were! And in fact, really high-quality, new, nice-looking ones!

The craziest part of the whole experience? The whole place was empty! I’m not sure if this was a fluke or a reflection of small town Indiana, but it was 6:00 am on a Thursday morning and I was completely and totally alone. Not another exerciser. Not anyone that worked there. Not even a fly.

In Bloomington, all the gyms would be completely packed at 6:00 am. It was definitely a crazy feeling. I kept having to remind myself it was morning. Because it was so deserted, it felt like I was working out in the middle of the night or something.

It was really nice because I got to lay out all my weights, kettlebells and medicine balls and work at my own pace. The emptiness even gave me the audacity to try out the squat rack, which is not nearly as scary as it looks. Granted, I just squatted the bar to start, but I did it! I’m not sure why that single piece of equipment has intimidated me for so long. Silly. I can’t wait to start squatting heavy stuff.

Overall, I was really, really impressed with my new gym! I’m sure I’ll still do the majority of my workouts at home (you know, once the boxes are unpacked), but having the “gym experience” at such a nice facility will be a nice option to keep in my back pocket.

P.S. Anyone else read the Fergie interview in the July issue of SELF? I was totally amazed by how down-to-earth and normal she seemed. I’m not normally a big celebrity chaser, but I always thought she’d be a bit of a diva for some reason, but she didn’t come across that way at all. Also in this issue: an amazing article on female Olympians. I’m so excited for the Olympics to start!

Do you prefer working out at home or at a gym?


  1. Athena R says

    Oh how I used to love an empty gym, when I had a gym membership. I prefer working out at home. I find I’m more consistent with my workouts when I can just roll out of bed and walk to my living room and workout vs. driving to a gym.

    • Cassie says

      There is definitely something nice about just rolling out of bed and not worrying about shaving your legs or wearing clothes that match. 😛

  2. Lola says

    Did Fergie mention her beginnings on a TV show called “Kids Incorporated”???

    I watched that show as a very young kid and when I recognized her from the BEP I couldn’t believe it was the same girl. Good to know she’s not a diva.

  3. says

    I wish I could get a deserted gym so I could try the squat rack. I’m terrified of making an ass of myself in front of everyone…of course, that pretty much applies to free weights as a whole….

    • Cassie says

      You won’t! I was terrified, too. But just look up some YouTube videos on a few of the machines you really want to try out and then go in there with confidence and kick their bums!

  4. says

    What an awesome experience! I just read “Self” magazine the other day for the first time and I really liked it! I’ll have to check out the Fergie interview.

    • Cassie says

      Yeah, I really like Self! That was another awesome thing about my gym: a great selection of magazines!

  5. says

    I love working out in a non-busy gym but you look it to a new level with NO ONE being there!!

    I have been thinking of joining Anytime Fitness because I have one just up the road from me(about 3 minutes) while my current gym is a 15 minute drive. 15 minutes isn’t a big deal but when you only have to drive three…..it kind of is, lol!!

  6. Katherine says

    The gym my family belongs to is geared specifically towards training and personal trainers, so it’s never super busy and I’ve always got someone around to correct my form! It’s not like having a membership to a nationwide gym that you can use anywhere, but I really appreciate the atmosphere. It’s also independently owned – hurray for supporting local businesses!

    • Cassie says

      That’s awesome! I don’t really want to hire a personal trainer for a full on session, but I’d love to pay someone to just come and correct my form and make sure I’m doing everything right. YouTube videos can only go so far!

      I really like that all the AFs are independently owned, too. It’s nice supporting your neighbors. 😀

  7. says

    I’ve been going to Retro Fitness for just under a year and I’m surprised by how much I like it. It’s nice to have a designated placed to be in “gym mode.” When I work out at home, I’m more likely to slack on the intensity.

  8. Mariah says

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now, and I just want to say that I find you extremely inspiring. I really appreciate how truthful you are on your blog, and it’s so refreshing. If I’m anywhere close to as happy and successful as you are by the time I’m your age, I think I would consider myself in the right place. Thank you.

  9. says

    The Olympics in London are so exciting! I was in Trafalgar Square for Canada Day last night and they have a giant clock set up as a countdown for the opening ceremony. Speaking of Canada Day, did you guys do anything? Or maybe you mentioned it on your blog and I missed it … :)

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