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What to Do When You’ve Hit a Fitness Wall?


This gym isn’t for me,’ I told my husband as I cancelled my Equinox gym membership last month after a year. Suddenly, I was gym-less and feeling like a fitness orphan. If you’re already in a fitness rut by March 1st, it’s not a good sign. Maybe it’s time for a resolution remix? My philosophy is you deserve to splurge on a gym membership if it inspires you to go often because it’s worth every penny and peace-of-mind. In the Bay Area, I fell in love with the San Francisco Tennis Club and stayed for nearly a decade. Last year when we moved to Dallas, I joined Equinox.

You’re probably too young for this, but Troy Aikman is on the machine next to you,’ my trainer said during my complimentary personal training session. Definitely not too young for that, as I awkwardly glanced back between lunges. Yet, despite the beautiful facility, cozy childcare room, friendly personal trainers, Dallas Cowboys, and endless cool eucalyptus towels, I just didn’t feel at home. So here’s a few solutions below if you’re in the same boat looking for a new gym. Plus, if you’re local, I’ll share some fitness centers you should definitely consider if you’re living here in Dallas…


The Scene – A brisk February walk across the Continental Avenue Bridge (pedestrians only) that connects the Design District to Trinity Groves. Our ‘brisk walks‘ are numbered in Dallas as the stifling Texas heat will be here within a few months.


Take a Breather I decided to check out new gyms in Dallas for the month of February instead of rebounding with another bad fit. If you just cancelled a membership searching for something new, check out Class Pass which allows you to try multiple gyms, classes and workouts in cities across the country until you find what you love. Or just stick to Class Pass if you prefer variety.


Splurge on Fitness, Not Fitness Attire ~ Everyone has their workout attire preferences, but I’ve always believed in investing in the membership, while sticking to budget-friendly active wear. FAVES: Adidas outlet, Old Navy, Lorna Jane sales, TJ Maxx, and a new line called Lemonade by Lauren launched by a Dallas entrepreneur who desired affordable trendy active wear which I just discovered over the weekend.


Local Tip! Fitness & Networking in Dallas? I had the chance to attend a conference over the weekend at the W Hotel in Dallas called ‘What She Said‘ hosted by Grit Fitness. It was one of the best networking conferences I’ve attended with inspirational panels and topics. Grit Fitness is also attracting women from around DFW with its upbeat vibe and classes! The founder, Brittani Rettig (her story is a must read), launched Grit Fitness which now has 2 locations after leaving her corporate job for her dream career. I met many women who go to Grit Fitness for the work out + networking.


<DETAILS by Dale> top – Zara / vest – Old Navy (my all-time fave work out pants crops from Old Navy here) / shoes – Nike (below) /  pants – Adidas Brazil Collection (old) / shades – Quay Austrailia (below)

***If you’re looking for a gym in North Dallas with amazing childcare (ultra mom friendly), I also just discovered Telos Fitness Center. Amazing selection of group fitness classes and you’ll fee like you stepped into a country club on the set of the classic ‘Dallas‘ TV series. No JR or Sue Ellen sightings yet.

Have you ever re-set your fitness goals or joined a gym that didn’t work out for you?




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  1. Yes, I’ve reset my fitness routine many times! 🙂

    We just joined a budget gym after not having a gym membership for several years. I also started subscribing to online barre classes in addition to the classes I take at a studio. My work schedule changes every quarter, and the kid’s schedule also frequently changes. I have found I have to be flexible and what works today is likely not going to work forever…

    I like your suggestions! Finding a workout routine and place that feels like you is so important!

    I LOVE your leggings!

    • Hi Andrea, Great to hear from you and you’re so right that’s it’s important to be flexible and I just took a Barre class for the first time a couple months ago and I really liked it! I need to try it again. Thanks for the compliments. 🙂

  2. Dale, Love this post! You look adorable in this outfit and I thought for a second you cut your hair which looked super cute on you!

    I play tennis 2-3xs a week and love it. We had a very fancy gym membership for many years and finally we changed to a little club with no luxuries, but fine workout room and tennis and it’s been great. I also like feeling less guilt about not being there every day as I did with the expensive membership. Tennis is great, but I also try to lift weights at home as my husband bought my sons a set for Christmas. I also do some hikes and walks each week. Some of my friends that look amazing do workouts in home via their tv or computer. I think as long as you keep moving every day it’s great. I’m not as skinny as people who do running, but I have to admit I absolutely hate running, so I have to be happy as I am!

    You look amazing. Whatever you are doing works! xo Kim

    • Thanks Kim,
      I didn’t know you play tennis. We should play some time in the Bay when the weather is nice and I definitely plan to do more workouts from TV & my computer once it starts getting really hot here. I totally know what you mean about running, I know it works to lose weight, but I hate it so much. 🙂

  3. I only have a few options that are near enough me to make it an option that I would use it… I have shunned gym memberships after joining and not using it near enough for the money I spent… Finally, I am ready to go back to the one I went to years ago because I really loved it, it had a pool, workout area, a track to walk and tons of exercise groups. It was difficult before because I got home so late from work and Valentina was young… now she can go up on her own and I can get there at a reasonable time of the evening since I work from home… I am looking forward to going… since walking long distances isn’t an option for me at this time. Have a great upcoming weekend Dale xox

    • Thanks Launna and that is so nice you had a gym with a pool which can be so much better and low impact compared to walking/running. Keep me posted how it goes in the Spring.

  4. Hey Dale!
    Loved this post. What I loved, is that you presented so many options! There are so many choices nowadays 😀 It’s just a matter of finding what is right for you. I hope you find the right place. I love that pass idea. You look great Dale!

  5. Ooh I love your Adidas leggings! I’ve definitely been in a rut and love classes, I’m going to try to ease on back to it. My problem is I don’t do enough weight training. This week’s goal – lift some weights! Luckily I get to walk a but though it’s humid here too!

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