Post # 1
I’ve been really wanting to join a yoga or cardio class at the local gym for the past while, but haven’t for a few reasons
1] I’m a gym-buddy kind of gal, without a buddy I won’t do it/go. Despite having lived in our ‘new’ town for 1.5years now, I still haven’t made any good/close friends that are a)female [not that I wouldn’t go with a man-friend] or b)gym types.
2] The yoga instructors are NOT licensed in any way, nor have they recieved any real ‘training’ beyond at home dvd’s [we’re a really really small town in the middle of nowhere, regulation for things like this is a foreign concept]. Not only do I feel I could learn just as much from a dvd at home as anyone, but I worry that without formal training [ya know, to become a yogi] the instructor may not be as aware of possible injuries & etc.I could be very wrong, but I didn’t think this was the ‘normal’ [or accepted] way of becoming an insructor.
3] I have no clue what the standard ‘rate’ for classes such as these is, and don’t really know if I’m comfortable paying $52+ for a class PLUS a gym membership [no idea what that runs, but is probably way more].
I’m a terribly undermotivated person, I love to go for runs/hikes and really would like to get into a solid fitness routine, but the whole laziness factor has been killing me — which is why I’ve been on the fence between gym & at home work outs. I’d likely be more in my comfort zone working out at home, but I doubt I’d work out regularly on my own.
OH! and I have to note 52$ for the class only covers from may 12-june 30th, then you have to re-register for another class [at an increased price–I’ve been watching the rates go up since I moved here, you used to be able to register for the same amount of time for 25$].
Post # 3
Certified or not, there is no way I would pay $52 for a Yoga class. At my gym (which I never go to….. but thats another story) the classes are $15 a month on top of your regular membership fee and that covers all classes, all month, as many times as you want to go. $52 for one class? Uh. No way.
I’d get a DVD and do it yourself!
Post # 4
I would not take Yoga from un-licensed instructors. Is there a yoga studio in your city? I get a month pass to my bikram studio which is more than I would like to admit but I also go 5 times a week… so it seems worth it to me. The best thing about Yoga though is that you will meet people there… but it is not a buddy type workout. I love the solo time even though you are in a room with other people.
Post # 5
$52 for one class is insane I think! I mean, WHOA!
Have you looked into changing gyms? All the instructors at my gym (including pilates+yoga) are certified and go to training sessions and conferences. And I pay $20/month.
Around here, they charge about $20 for a class or $1500 for a year, unlimited.
Post # 6
I belong to a gym that has classes you can go to for free, including yoga. It’s a little inconvenient since they have a set schedule (yoga only 2x a week) but if you make the time to go, the gym membership fees are worth it. Lots of the chain-type gyms offer this so it would be good to look into it
Am I reading it right that you are going to pay $52 for about a month and a half? That’s actually not a bad deal but I would be hesitant to trust an untrained yoga instructor. I do yoga at home just fine but the major advantage to going to a live class is the instructor since they can correct your poses to make sure you don’t hurt yourself. You might as well do it at home if the instructor isn’t trained.
The typical rate around my are is $20/class or $120/month.
Post # 7
I belong to NYSC – It’s about $90/month but all classes are included for free. Yoga classes here are around $18/class but $52 a month on top of a gym membership fee seems a little outrageous. If it was $52 a month for just a yoga studio, I’d say that’s a great deal. They tend to run between $150 and $200 around here.
Post # 8
I don’t know where you live but WOW!
You might be REALLY disappointed with the quality of yoga with unlicensed instructors! I often get disappointed from the licensed ones. At my gym everything (including yoga) is included in your membership. That is A lot to pay for 6 weeks of possibly not very good yoga!
I would look into an at home routine or at least try out the yoga before you pay to make sure it will give you what you need and want!
Post # 9
You ladies are awesome, thanks for the comparisons. I definitely thought it was a bit pricey considering that the cost is just for the class itself.. Unfortunately there aren’t any independent studios or other gyms locally, which is totally lame.
As many of you pointed out, the quality of instruction might not be worth it. I’d love to just go and try it out before commiting, but the gym policy is that only members can use the gym, and to even sign up for any class you have to be a member..then you can pay again to join an instructed class [they are only once a week; there are multiple classes, but you have toregister/pay for them separately].
Any dvd recommendations?
Post # 10
check out amazon.com. There are lots of reviews on there which are helpful to finding a good one. Sorry I don’t have anything specific to recommend.
Post # 11
Those prices are outrageous. I go to the gym at work and I occasionally go to the Bikram yoga studio in town, which is $22 a class. I just cringed when I wrote that by the way.
I use a couple dvds, but if you are looking for something specific, I just bought “YogaWorks for Everybody: Body Slim,” I bought it off Amazon for less than $10. I really like it–its hard and it’s by no means a relaxing series. I think I may buy some other YogaWorks dvds. And, if you like FREE yoga, check out yogajournal.com. You can download free sessions from their site, I have a bunch and they are awesome.