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Thoughts on Swimming

Good morning, everyone!

I was going to have a recap up today of this past weekend’s 10K but I didn’t have time last night to get it all together. Tonight, I promise it will happen!

I did something crazy, and spontaneous, and joyful last night. And, I proved to myself that I am a queen bee negotiator. A bargain star. A – ain’t – nobody- got – time – for – that – price fighter. A penny pinching princess.

I went our new LA Fitness, hoping to ONLY turn in my recently acquired 3 day guest pass to swim some laps and check out the place. I even went so far as to leave my wallet in the car because I KNEW once the little guy on ‘roids showed me all around the gym, a huge sales pitch would follow. And it did.

I kid you not. After an hour and a half tour and the follow up sales pitch, I caved. But not without a fight.

The website clearly says, $99 initiation fee, PLUS your first month’s payment of $29.99. So I knew that, and knew that I wasn’t going to pay $130 last night. But then, he added in that actually it would be TWO payments of $29.99, bringing your cost to join the gym up to about a whopping $180 with tax. And then in a month turn around pay $29.99 again, for the “second” month.

I firmly told him that A. it’s ridiculous that that second $29.99 isn’t advertised B. $180 to join the gym, JUST ME??? and C. I pay $14 a month right now, do you think I’m crazy??

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I knew that when the gym first came to town they ran a special where the initiation fee was dropped to $25, so I knew if I fought hard enough I could get him down.

BAM.

We slowly went from $99, to $49, to finally $25. All the while he acted pretty rude about it. Sad that he almost ruined my experience, and I almost just walked out.

But after all was said and done, I agreed to a $25 initiation fee, plus first and last month’s payment of $29.99. A pretty good deal if you ask me!

My main reasons for going ahead and joining were two things: 1. I still had some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket and 2. I’ve been talking about wanting to swim laps for almost 2 years now! Ever since we got married pretty much. Plus, Adam has been wanting me to find a yoga class to take, and luckily the gym membership INCLUDES ALL of their classes!! I think I made a good choice, and if anything, I can always cancel it in May or June once I really start getting outside full time! I’ve been needing to find another form of cross training and been seriously missing the ability to swim laps.

Needless to say, swimming last night was wonderful! Swimming laps is so much more relaxing than running! And let’s be real, it’s WAY less painful! Ha! But, it’s on a completely different aerobic level, and I was definitely sucking wind after just a couple laps! My arms and back and every other muscle in my body feels so great today though. It’s really a full body workout!

I rocked my lifeguard swimsuit from working at the rec center and country club in college. Gonna need to upgrade that mess! I know you’re jealous of my red Guard suit onesie.

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After I swam, I felt so much more relaxed. Swimming is such a great stress reliever, and just being able to swim along, focusing on the bottom of the pool, and zone out, is fantastic. The pool is tiny, but it will do! It’s 25 yards one way, and has just 3 lanes. So one lap is 50 yards. I probably did somewhere around 8 laps?? Freestyle and breaststroke mixed in.

When I got done, I ran by the grocery store on the way home and picked up ingredients for our work lunches and breakfasts for the week. I whipped up a big mango, pineapple, strawberry, banana, protein powder, and OJ smoothie for dinner, and chopped up the vegetables for our sandwiches. And approximately 20 minutes later, I had passed out in bed!

My little swimming legs were exhausted, and I can’t wait to start making swimming a more regular thing. Lord knows my feet and ankles need a break from the pavement!

Do you swim regularly? Do you swim in a 1 piece or 2 piece? 

38 Comments

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    Anna
    March 18, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I use a two piece at the gym. http://www.swimoutlet.com has lots of specials and final sales. That’s where I get all of my training suits from!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks for the info girl!! I know you are a beast when it comes to tris 😉

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    March 18, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Good for you for negotiating!! It is becoming more and more apparent that you can negotiate almost anything. My gym is ridiculously cheap, too, and I’m scared for the day when I move and I have to find another one! I am so happy paying $20 a month for unlimited classes!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      So true! $20 covers all your classes too?? That’s awesome! My old gym was $14 a month PLUS $20 FOR the classes! Grr!

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    Becky@TheSavedRunner
    March 18, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Way to get such an awesome deal at an LA Fitness! My husband and I would love to join one of these gyms, but one, we would have to get a super good deal like you got because we can’t pay that much! And two, we are about to move in a few months and there isn’t a LA Fitness close to us. But I loved hearing how much you enjoyed swimming. I want to find a place to swim laps so bad!

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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      I am the same way! I don’t know how people afford to pay these pricey gym memberships for TWO people!!

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    Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
    March 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I remember swimming for the first time last year and being exhausted (and hungry!) when I was finished. It has taken me a while to build up, but I now swim on a regular basis. I had to do what I had to do to start training for triathlons. I use a one piece bathing suit and actually found a really good deal on Speedo brand at Costco! Now that you did some impressive bargaining for your gym membership, you will get to spend all kinds of time in the pool. It really does help break up the routine of running and using the legs.
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      HAahaha GIRL, I was STARVING when I finished!! That is so true, swimming makes you so hungry!! Which makes me wonder, do you more that many more calories swimming than running?? Costco, really?? I need to check that out!!

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    Katie
    March 18, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Double check the cancellation policy! I considered joining the ymca in my town in January, when they waive the sign on fee, however, I was warned that you can’t cancel for a year. I live 45 minutes from this gym, so its actually cheaper for me to buy their $50 6 visit pass VS the monthly membership (which I won’t use for june – september) or the $10 drop in without the pass.
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      I did! Great advice though!!! That stinks about your Y! I wonder why they do that??

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    Kristi
    March 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I was a competitive all throughout middle school, high school, and even swam for my D1 college. Coming from a swimmer, I’d have to say that swimming is anything BUT relaxing! Ha. But it definitely depends on what you’re doing. I haven’t been in a pool in over a year… I think I was burnt out. But it makes me so happy to see other people enjoy it as a form of cross-training. I’m thinking I may venture back to the pool again sometime in the near(ish) future, but for the mean time, running has become my “relaxing exercise.” Funny how different people have different perspectives! Enjoy your swim workouts 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Oh girl, yea, no way would it be relaxing for you then haha!! I always wished I was a good enough swimmer to do a swim team! You probably feel the same way about swimming as I feel about running 🙂

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    Cori @olivetorun
    March 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Absolutely a one piece girl at the gym when I’m swimming. I like to pretend I’m an Olympian 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Haha! Yesss!! Olympian all the way 🙂

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    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork
    March 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I joined my gym specifically because they had a pool and do you think I’ve used it yet? Nope! The real problem is that I don’t have a one piece athletic suit. Or a 1 piece suit period. My husband suggest I swim in my two piece (not an athletic one), but I gave him a strange look to make him realize that idea was not going to fly. I’ve tried on a few suits but they all fit weird. Any suggestions for great style and price?
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Haha! Girl, you better get in that thing! I hate the way my one piece suit fits, but it’s much more comfortable swimming in it than a two piece!

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    Ashley
    March 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I don’t swim regularly, or own a suitable bathing suit for that matter, but it is something I have wanted to add in to my routine. Right now we have a little apartment gym included in our rent, so I can’t justify spending money for a membership. But when we move, it’s something I’m definitely considering in my next gym!

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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      For sure! I used to be the same way!! No need in purchasing a gym membership when you’ve got one feet from your door!

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    March 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Wow go you for negotiating! I’m so bad at negotiating. I’m good at saying “no” so I probably just would have left haha. I also haven’t swam in foreverrrr even though I know it’s so good for you. Also, my gym doesn’t have a pool so that’s my current excuse 😉
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks girl! That’s usually how I am too 🙂 That’s exactly why I switched gyms! I’ve been dying to swim so I figured it would be worth it 🙂

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    March 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I used to swim all the time when I lived in Florida, but the closest gym with a pool is such a madhouse that I try to avoid it at all costs.

    Those gym fees are crazyyy! Good for you for bartering them down!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      I don’t blame you! I think a crowded gym is definitely a turn off!

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    Chrissy @pinkpolishandrunningshoes
    March 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Good for you! Gym fees can be so ridiculously overpriced. It seems like there is always some “tiny” detail that hasn’t been advertised.

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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      I agree!! So frustrating!!

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    ChristineB
    March 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Awesome job negotiating the initial fee! And double check to see if they have a way to suspend your account for a month or two without penalty. My gym (good old YMCA) allows you to suspend your account for up to 2 months (so you don’t have to pay your monthly fee) without having to pay the initial fee again when you sign up. I’m sure I’ll take advantage of that this summer, unless I want to use the pool.

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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Haha thanks! That’s nice! My old gym does that as well!

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    Ganeeban
    March 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I want to get into the pool too. My biggest dilemma…the swimsuit!! 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Do it!! My thought is this – there’s usually only old men in the pool while I’m swimming so I’m not too worried about my suit 🙂

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    Katelyn @ BIg Sky Multisport Coaching
    March 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I recently joined a professional group and they wanted to charge me close to $800 a year for the membership! I laughed at that much and was able to talk them down to $100 a year. Crazy I tell ya!

    One piece all the way! Two piece bathing suits don’t belong in a lap pool in my opinion. Besides, one pieces are more efficient and less drag than two pieces. 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Holy moly! $800! Wow, good job talking them down!!! I agree as well 🙂 I had wondered about those more competitive two pieces, like what Speedo and Tyr make, but idk if I’m brave enough to swim laps in those!

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    Jenn
    March 18, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I very rarely swim laps, but if I did, I would probably swim in a one piece. Great job on the negotiating skills!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Haha thank you! I love swimming! I wish I had been able to do it more the past two years!

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    Matilda
    March 19, 2014 at 4:21 am

    When I do laps, always in a endurance 1 piece suit. The beach can have my 2 piece.
    This reminds me to buy another 20 swim pass for the pool. I don’t go every week, maybe once a month but it’s a nice relaxing change from my normal regime.
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Haha oh girl, yes, 1 piece suit for sure in the pool! Have you ever tried any of those like, Speedo 2 pieces? Like the ones that pro volleyball players play in, but swimsuits?

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    Molly Rose
    March 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Way to be bold! The meatheads at LAF are so intense, but I know I can always outrun them if need be 🙂

    I need a swimming coach! I’ve you-tubed proper form and read up on how to breathe, but man, I do not have the endurance for swimming! However, it is so much nicer on your body and I really should take it up for cross-training.

    Deff a onesie. With floaties.
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      Sweet Miles
      March 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Hahaha “meatheads.” So true 🙂 Swimming really is so good for you, it’s like a total body workout without the stress on all your joints!

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    Anna @ ThatDAMMRunner
    March 28, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I love swimming laps! It’s such great cross training – plus it does wonderful things for your back and arms. You’re right though – it’s so touch aerobically. When I last 30 minutes in the pool I feel like a CHAMPION!

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