That was a great gym, no question… A lot has changed since then.
I did end up purchasing a set of kettlebells and an inexpensive bench, but I missed being in a different environment where I could focus strictly on exercise. One day I received a flier in the mail for a new gym that was opening up, that also happened to have strength platforms. That peeked my interest immediately.
Months later, I am an active member of the new gym and I am happy once again. I get my alone time, put in productive hours on my workouts, and I feel great (except for these lingering muscle aches—but that just comes with age!) I do miss the steam room at the old gym, so I settle for the dry sauna and finish it off with 10 minutes on a massage chair. I do this all for less than a third of the cost at old place!
My co-founder and I have also gone together to workout, and even held a very productive meeting in the sauna one afternoon. Here’s to keeping healthy, energized, and focused on this work.
Last night was my last visit as a member of my gym. I had been a member for the past five years, and I am better for it. Unlike normal people, however, my new year's goals included the cancelation of my gym membership.
I was not able to get the value I hoped for because of the commitment of time required to utilize the gym in the way I would have liked, but I also have to tighten up our personal finances to extend our startup runway as long as possible. Now it's up to what I can do to keep my fitness up to par with some kettlebells in a garage.
I gave up my gym membership. Things are serious. Here's to a productive 2021!
Vulnerable Founder was the name of a blog (and podcast) that I put together while working on our first idea for digital content creators, from December 2020 through March 2021. We decided to shut down our old app, so I’m bringing highlighted posts from that blog here to our new one on Substack with short updates on the same topic.