Hey guys I've recently had to leave my old gym due to taking a new job. Unfortunately, my new gym is crap (classes are almost exclusively cardio based with very little technical critique).So, I've decided to look for another gym. The problem is that I currently work 50-60 hour weeks. 9am-7pm is the norm while busier weeks can see me working from 9am-9pm. Thankfully, my boss does allow me to attend classes twice a week; however, to do so, I have to come back to the office after training. This means any time I spent commuting/doing MT will be added on to what is already a fairly long day. Thankfully, I am unmarried/single/childrenless at the moment. I am however studying for another qualification which take-ups another 5-6 hours a week. Putting yourself into my shoes, I was wondering what Sherdog would choose if they were me. I used to fight as an amateur (and am a purple belt in BJJ) but am now only looking to train for fitness purposes and to improve my technique. The maximum I think I can do is 2-3 classes per week. As I see it, I have 3 choices: (i) Gym One (10-15 mins walking from work; $52 a week for unlimited BJJ/MT & Boxing) Pros: - Closest to work - I also get to train BJJ and boxing (note however: when push comes to shove, I prefer doing MT over BJJ though) - Coach is technical and has 50+ fights Cons: - Classes are only 45 mins long - There are also only 2 MT classes on the gym's schedule which means I will get a maximum of 1.5hrs of MT training per week - No sparring - No weekend classes - There is no separation between beginners and advanced students. From the trial I attended, most students seem to be beginners and - because of this - the instructor focuses more on basics. (ii) Gym Two (25-30 mins from work; 45-50 minutes from home; $44 a week for unlimited MT) Pros: - The instruction is in-depth (goes into detail on why/how a technique should be executed). - The coach is really experienced (having trained kickboxing world champions before) and has an eye for correcting technique. - Classes are somewhat separated by skill level (beginners's MT and MT) so there is a chance to learn more advanced techniques. - Classes on both Saturday and Sunday - best timetable out of the 3 gyms - Classes are of a decent length (1 hour to 1 hr 15 minutes) Cons: - People who have 6+ months of instruction are allowed into the general MT class so I fear the level of instruction there is still going to be relatively low. - The gym only has 4-5 fighters and they are all much larger than me (I used to fight at -64kg) - I don't know if I would get the chance to train with them. - There is BJJ but it cost an additional $28 per time or an extra $44 a week. I'm probably not going to do BJJ at that price point haha. (iii) Gym Three (30-35 minutes from work; 1 hr & 10 minutes from home; $40 for twice a week/$45 for unlimited MT & Boxing; $60 for unlimited MT, Boxing and BJJ) Pros: -The instruction is very technical and detailed - The head coach is really experienced at fighting and coaching and was an ex-world champ. Other coaches are Thai fighters with 90-150 pro fights. - Classes are separated by three to four levels (beginners, intermediates, advanced and fighters). I can definitely get into advanced. I am not too sure if I can get into fighters though considering I don't currently plan to fight. - Lots of advanced students and fighters my size - this means decent training partners - Classes on Saturdays - BJJ is a viable choice ($15-20 extra a week isn't too bad for one or two classes of BJJ) - Classes are of a decent length (1 hour to 1 hr 15 minutes) Cons: - Its the gym that is furthest away. - The classes are at slightly awkward hours - I wouldn't have to explain why I'm leaving at 6pm for Gym no 2 but I might seem lazy if I left at 5:10pm for Gym no 3 (even if I do come back). I have done trials at all 3 locations (which is how I came up with my observations). Sorry for the long post but, given my situation, what will you guys choose?