Getting Fit without Spending a Fortune


Quitting the gym isn’t normally a good thing – unless you quit the gym to join CDPHP Fitness Connect. For Lauren Bailey, quitting her paid, traditional gym and joining Fitness Connect not only gave her a better workout experience, it also saved her about $1,500 per year.

Lauren went to the Delmar Fitness Connect location last spring just looking for a quick treadmill workout. Almost immediately, she felt right at home.

“It was the perfect size for me,” she said. “It’s small and accessible, and I don’t feel like I’m in a sea of treadmills.”

She also likes the flexible hours and the location. The Delmar facility is in the Community Care Health Park next to the Albany County Rail Trail, which is perfect for when Lauren wants to use the weights inside and then run outside.

“I like that it’s open until 11 p.m. I can go at 9 at night and don’t feel like I’m getting kicked out,” she said.

Giving up her traditional gym membership and personal trainer for free access to Fitness Connect has allowed Lauren to invest in other healthy activities, like a gymnastics class and using a personalized streaming workout app that guides her through routines.

She said Fitness Connect has everything she needs to get the effective workout she’s looking for, including cardio machines like treadmills and elliptical machines, as well as free weights like dumbbells and kettlebells. It’s also closer to her Albany apartment than her previous gym. Lauren, the mobility manager for CDTA, used to spend 15 minutes in the car to get a workout. Now, it takes only 10 minutes by car or an easy 18 minutes by bus.

Lauren is so happy with her experience at Fitness Connect that she advises friends and coworkers to consider what they want or need in a gym, and then look at Fitness Connect before looking at paid gyms.

“It’s like I have a personal gym that’s small enough that I can be happy,” she said, “without the stress or expense of a gym membership.”

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