I have gotten into yoga as well because it really does improve your flexibility and relieves the weeks load of stress. I usually take an hour long class of yoga, then I spend 30 minutes on the rowing machine at a faster pace to speed up my heart rate. After that, I lift light weights with long repetitions until the muscles are exhausted.
My sleep patterns and my stress levels have decreased with a regular exercise routine so its enough for me to keep up with.
I joined LA Fitness gym last year and I have to say I am pretty impressed with the establishment. It is clean and the machines are well maintained. The locker room showers, sauna and steam room don't freak me out as other establishments have. I don't have any qualms of leaving my belongings in the locker and if there are any repairs needed...they are attended to within that week.
The pool, the 4 racquet ball courts and the full size basketball court are impressive for a gym that only asks for $50 a month. The initiation fee is a bit expensive at $150...but if you play your cards right, its usually dropped to $100 if you sign that very day.
Also, a great feature of being member is that when you plan to be away where you cannot use the gym, for example a vacation, you can freeze your account so you only pay $10 for that month. It really comes in handy and saves you money. Its one of the incentives that made me decide to join.
Another incentive are the classes, which I have attended each one to try them out. They are professional classes with instructors who are willing to assist you to learn the proper forms. They are challenging enough to make you challenge yourself which is really essential in an exercise class. I also observe that the attitude of this gym is that everyone is serious about working out. All shapes and sizes, no one seems shy or self conscious which really helps in making you feel comfortable and at ease to concentrate on your own workout.
LA Fitness originated from the west coast and they have many branches nationwide. Your membership at one gym allows you to work out at all the gyms.
Pretty cool that your gym can travel with you.
I have been quite satisfied with my decision to join this gym. In the past, I have been a member of other establishments that either had a sauna broken for like forever with no sign of repairs. If you were not satisfied then you were out of luck because customer service was non existent.