The idea of investment may seem foreign to many of us. When we hear "invest" we think of making a monetary exchange with a business in which we're going to see a financial return greater than that which we gave. However, the idea of investment is applicable to every single part of our lives.
We believe that in life we're always investing into something. We're either making investments and deposits into positive things that will get us closer to the life we desire to live. Or, we're making investments into things that yield really negative returns. We are never just "sustaining" or "maintaining. This perspective should be apparent in everything we do ranging from every relationship we have, our work, our faith, and our health.
So in 2019 are you willing to making positive investments into your health? Investing into your health takes a lot of intentional effort. It means recognizing that your health and wellness should be considered a really important part of your life. It means accepting that you need to make a change in the first place. It means creating the time and space for it. It means picking an approach that actually works. It means surrounding yourself with a community of people that will help you when it gets difficult.
In this case, it's also going to mean investing money (yikes). As a disclaimer, I do want to say that it's very possible for you to pursue a life of health and fitness on your own. You don't HAVE to join a gym, you don't HAVE to pay for a nutrition coach, you don't HAVE to hire a trainer to help you. If it's possible for you to invest in your health without any of those things, I applaud you. This encouragement is for those who have tried that many times before, and it's never worked out.
By our own confession we know that CrossFit is more expensive than a traditional and conventional gym membership. $115mo versus $20mo is a really big difference. With that being the case, I want to throw out some numbers for your consideration.
First of all - The average "20 buck club" gym has an attendance rate of around 30% - that means 70 out of 100 people are paying for a gym membership and still moving towards sickness rather than fitness. For that 70% they are quite literally throwing away $20 every month (and some gyms are much more expensive than that).
So Consider This:
The average CrossFit gym costs $150mo for an unlimited membership (we're cheaper by the way). If you visit a CrossFit gym five times a week or 20 times a month at that rate, you pay $7.50 per visit. That number is already below the average cost of a yoga class, (Yoga is included in our membership) and even though yoga requires far less equipment than CrossFit, it could be considered similar in that an instructor leads a group.
So let's say you join our gym at our most expensive rate of $135mo. Break that down weekly and it's around $30.00 a week. I understand some budgets have no flexibility whatsoever, but most others are full of impulse buys, iTunes purchases, overpriced coffees, evenings out and costly electronics. I’d suggest I can find an extra $30 a week in just about any budget.
We know it's expensive to do CrossFit and if you'd like to know why we'd encourage you to read this article as to why CrossFit and other trainer led courses are more expensive: CrossFit Journal: Why CrossFit Isn't Free
Even if it doesn't lead you to membership at Mossy Creek Fitness - we encourage you to believe that your health and wellness is worth your investment. It's worth the sacrifice. It's worth the investment.
- You can't put a price on health -
Here are some other numbers for you as you consider how to make space in your budget to invest in your health. Could any of these areas take a hit in order for you to direct the resources towards a coach led gym membership, a nutrition coach, or some other strategy that's been proven to help people improve their health?
We have discounted options for all our membership as well as special rates for students and families. Contact us we'll help you invest in yourself in 2019
The average American spends their income the following ways (per month)