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It's Not Fitness

If I had been expecting a Friends-style confrontation, I was mistaken.  A perfectly pleasant woman asked me why I was canceling, and that was it.  Moments later, I was on my way, and 45 days from now I will no longer be a member of Equinox.

Equinox and I go back a long way.  I first joined in 2001, and except for a brief period the following year when I checked out New York Sports, I've been there ever since.  Equinox introduced me to personal training, kickboxing, spinning and a host of other activities that I might not have tried otherwise.  Even when I started working out at Physique 57 and Ride the Zone, I never really considered leaving.  But after CrossFitting for a few months, I knew that my "globo gym" days were numbered.

CrossFit has changed the way I think about a lot of things, and it has fundamentally changed what I want from a gym.  Over the past two years, Equinox has become my back up gym.  It's where I go when I'm squeezing in a second workout on a CrossFit Endurance training plan, or if I work too late to hit the 8:30 class at CrossFit Metropolis.  For the amount that I use it, though, it's just not worth the price.

I will miss the showers and the steam room and the Khiels shampoo.  I will miss the proximity (half a block from home) and sleek decor.  But those things aren't fitness, and it's long past time for me to move on.

-Gym Belle-

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