Virgin Active No More My Life 19 APR 2013

20090416-Virgin-Active-LogoA couple of weeks ago I received an e-mail warning me that I needed to put in a few more gym visits in order not to lose my free gym benefit that I earn through my Discovery Health Vitality medical aid scheme. So I duly went a few more times and was planning on going again when a little later I received a second e-mail informing me that my gym membership benefit had now expired.

Turns out that I had misread the first e-mail as having to go twice instead of the actual twelve times needed in order to make up the required number of visits for the twelve month rolling period.


Quite annoyed, I quickly logged in to my Virgin Active customer portal to verify my visits, and ashamedly saw that in the last twelve months I had in fact only visited gym 24 times. 24 times!? In twelve months!? Clearly I’m no longer a gym person! Turns out that going straight home in the evening to play with Jessica, walking in the morning, and making a conscious effort at work to build relationships with my colleagues instead of just disappearing at lunch time means that I have zero time (or interest for that matter) in visiting a gym.

So that is that then. My free gym membership has ended and quite frankly, based on my current usage stats, it just really doesn’t make sense to join up again any time soon. That said, there now isn’t really a reason for me continuing to pay for Discovery Health Vitality either, so I’m pretty sure they’ll be losing their money from me soon.

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.