I hate the gym!

posted 1 year ago in Fitness
Post # 16
767 posts
Busy bee

I like group classes, kick boxing is my go-to! I have a stressful job and it’s a nice release + endorphins afterwards! 

Post # 17
1008 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’ve gone every day for the past month and I can’t say I love it.  I don’t want a rest day because I fear it’ll lead to quitting.  I decide what I’m doing 2 days in advance so it’s like I’m committed.  I like the classes and anything that looks weird to do, like burpees with kettle bells, or those long ropes, TRX straps, or the balance things with weights. Machines are boring. 

Ive also tried to strike up a conversation with another woman at least every other day.  I figure with enough good experiences there it will trick my brain into liking it more.

Post # 18
10460 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I run and do at-home strength workouts. I ditched the gym years ago and have never looked back. Working out at home is so much better than gym. I like that I don’t have to add driving time to my workout time. No dealing with other people. I can jump in my own shower right after. YouTube has a huge variety of workouts so I don’t get bored doing the same things over and over again.

I also recently registered to do a half-marathon. Training for something specific is so much more motivating for me than just working out to workout. 

Post # 19
1314 posts
Bumble bee

I also HATE gyms.  From time to time I invest in a personal trainer package and I do go then (it’s the only way I’ll go) but outside of that I don’t mess with traditional gyms.  I like yoga/pilates studios.  And I like walking & cycling (outdoors).  I do basic exercises at home (mostly Pilates series of 5) and I use the treadmill (I hate that too but necessary in winter months & still better than the gym). I wish I liked running & swimming more but i have a hard time sticking with them.


Post # 20
198 posts
Blushing bee

I used to hate going to the gym. I got myself a trainer with whom I meet every 8 weeks. He designs my programme. It helped, now I feel like I must do that exact thing whereas before when I designed my own program I could cheat much easier. I have a history with team sports so I needed a “coach” to impress. Also I really need 5o go to a gym. Doing anything  at home is impssib3l for me.

But it’s ok if you don’t like the gym. There are a lot of alternatives.

Post # 21
27 posts

I’m not a big fan of the gym, but I feel motivated to go since I have a gym buddy.

What helped me before I had a gym buddy was my phone itself, I’d use it to go on YouTube whenever I’m on the treadmill or the bike, and watch videos of games or some trivia, it helped keep myself entertained.

Post # 22
1744 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I hate the gym. I go to barre and yoga. I also like running outdoors. 

Post # 23
2748 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I don’t like the gym – plus I find working out at home far more convenient and therefore I’m far more likely to do it.  I signed up for a program run by one of the Aussie Biggest Loser trainers – it’s food and exercise, with the exercise being martial arts-based as she is a taekwondo black belt.  They’re 20 minute workouts which you don’t need much equipment for – I have some dumbbells and some resistance bands and that’s it.  At about $250 for a year, it’s way cheaper than the gym, and I can walk in from work, get dinner started then do my 20 minute workout while dinner cooks.  Plus there’s a great Facebook community for the program which is incredibly motivating.

I used to play roller derby and that was a brilliant way to keep fit without thinking about it as exercise (so much fun!).

Post # 24
40 posts
  • Wedding: August 2020 - Rhodes, Greece

In the past I tried 2 gyms, and literally HATED going to both. I felt uncomfortable, and I felt self conscious. Then I started on a diet and exercise plan in October, and joined my fiances gym, and something just clicked. I now look forward to going, I absolutely love working out, the feeling it gives me, and just seeing the changes. I do think that before I used to go in and literally felt like i had no idea what I was meant to do. I’d just pick a cardio machine, or a couple, and spend the time on there. Now with a plan I feel like I have a purpose, and know what I’m doing! I also do a mix or cardio and weights training now. I also think it helped having my other half there, just as a comfort or help thing if I needed it!! 

Post # 25
4231 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Most typical gym alternatives, like Orangetheory, crossfit, barre etc will offer you a trial so you can try them out for free. Maybe try a few different things and see if you find something you like better 


Post # 26
681 posts
Busy bee

I dislike the gym very much. However, my husband loves it so sometimes I will go with him just to spend some time together because we don’t get to see each other very much due to work schedules. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t go at all. Luckily for me I have a VERY active and physical job, so I use that as my excuse for not needing to exercise after work. According to my FitBit I do around 20,000 steps per day (approx 10 miles) and I burn somewhere between 3,300 and 3,800 calories depending on the day. Also, having a dog helps a ton. Even when I get home from work physically exhausted I still have to put on my tennis shoes and take the dog for a walk/jog. If I had an office job I’m not sure what I would do because I just can’t picture myself going to the gym more then 2x per week. 

Post # 27
3817 posts
Honey bee

I’m not a big fan of gyms either.  Instead I have ClassPass and go to spin, Pilates, yoga, running classes, etc.

I need the structure.

Post # 28
234 posts
Helper bee

I LOVE my gym and I love going to it. I’m part of a small studio gym. I particpate in group classes at least 3 times a week, I take a Kettlebell class, spin class and boxing class weekly. If I have more time that week I take a second strength class and a step class. Switching it up keeps me from getting bored. I also work with a trainer once a week, he’s awesome, we focus on full body functional training and it’s amazing. If I have a day that I have time to go to the gym but not at a class time my gym is typically open so I go in and do a workout my trainer leaves for me. 

Since it’s a small gym I know most of the people there, I look forward to seeing them and working out with them. It definitely keeps me from getting bored. I love that its small enough that the instructors really get to know us, they push us if they know we can go faster, do more weight, etc. Do you have any smaller gyms around that could help you build that community?

I’ve also enjoyed working out at home in the past to home workouts. I have a beachbody subscription but there are so many apps, youtube channels, etc out there know to choose from. It’s nice not having to go anywhere to get a good work out in, bonus my dog can hang out with me at home.

Post # 29
6337 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

I power walk, husband and I do it together.  We have a gym membership, but most of our workouts are done outside.

Post # 30
3579 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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WillowBee33 :  I can’t stand gyms. I walk my dog for at least 30 minutes a day, and sometimes I’ll run a bit of it. I love hiking and trail running, and I try to do a hike every weekend (when the weather is nice I go Saturday and Sunday). Then when I’m at home, I make an effort to do something active. Instrad of sitting on the couch when I watch TV, I sit on the floor and do stretches, yoga, sit ups, and so on. I also fit squats in every day, even if it’s just a few here and there. 

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