GYM CHOICES TODAY: The complete gym or health club vs. the convenient "corner" gym....

  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 03, 2008 9:12 PM GMT
    Here we are.. happy with our gym or fitness center (I belong to the wonderful YMCA in Wichita, which features a number of locations and some of the best in the country)..

    But suddenly there are "other options". Little neighborhood gyms like "Anytime fitness" and other like places have popped up in strip malls and storefronts. Most don't have the features of the larger gyms, but many are certainly very convenient.. and often you can go anytime, day or night.. AND not have to deal with crowds in many instances.

    So what do you think? I was really surprised when I found a new "Anytime Fitness" right down the street from me with all new fitness equipment. Contracts are usually required and the fees are about in line with what I pay now. Don't plan to change.. but I do find it interesting....
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    Apr 03, 2008 9:27 PM GMT
    I pay $10 a month for my gym, it's 24 hours, always new equipment, month to month contract. Perfect for me, since I can't workout anytime but after 10pm usually. More than worth it. My old gym was more expensive, worse hours, but in nicer area, and they had a smoothie bar, more weights, and more classes. I'd take the cheaper prices and 24 hours over that any day though. Big gyms like Bally's thrive on getting people in who leave after a few weeks but keep paying memberships. Mine is a small chain, and it's nice having the front desk people know who you are, instead of you being just another face.
  • UncleverName

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    Apr 04, 2008 2:42 AM GMT
    I've been going to Fitness World (a local Canadian chain) for over 6 years now. I think it's pretty similar to Bally's. I started paying $45 a month for 2 years, now I pay $25. That's the cheapest I could possibly find a gym that had all of the equipment that I wanted here in Vancouver, so even when it's been more convenient to go to the Gym in my condo building, I've still paid (so that I don't have to pay the higher price for 2 years again).
    They are the only gym open during the middle of the night, which has been useful.
    It's only on open 24 hours on Monday - Thursday, which sort of makes it difficult to go consistently 6 days of the week (with a rest day or two).
    And they are so busy during the peak hours (7-9am, 5 - 8pm), which are the best times for me to go. So I'm thinking of joining an even newer, more expensive gym. The equipment at Fitness World isn't that new, and they don't have some equipment that I'd appreciate (specifically a Gravitron device). There's a super fancy YMCA opening here soon, and there's a new gym founded by NBA star Steve Nash.

    I think I'd pay $60, 70 or 80 a month for a gym with plenty of 'extra services.' I'm thinking lockers with locks that I don't have to pay for, decent cleaning staff, towels provided for me to shower with, fresh soap/shampoo in the showers, lots of bosu balls, lots of rubber bands, and staff that has certification that took longer than 4 weeks to get.
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    Apr 04, 2008 4:32 AM GMT
    I picked my gym for convenience and for a personal's a Golds

    > nearby my home...also on my route home from work when I go back to the office

    > professional personal trainers

    also, fortunately, I drive right by the organic food market on my way to and from the gym.

    my gym fees are around $600 $50 per month

    the pt was $65 per hour as intro fee for my first set of its $75 per hour.
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    Apr 04, 2008 4:42 AM GMT
    All I need in a gym is a good set of weights and some cardio equipment. I don't like the everything gym because it attracts .. well everyone. I feel like some of those people that do those classes kinda drift over and take up space where the weights are. Some of the women and others less serious get in the way of weight racks, machines etc. I watch them and wonder if they wouldn't be better off at home walking, running and doing calisthenics. I do go to an everything gym though because it is convenient. I miss the old fashioned gyms like Gold's etc ..
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    Apr 04, 2008 4:43 AM GMT
    I knew some guys in a town where I used to live...
    They looked around at the big health clubs and their fees, then they pooled their money to rent an old garage and fill it with their own free weights. They paid about $10 a month for exactly what they wanted. No contracts. 24 hr access. The only problem was that if one of them left town, he might take the stuff that he owned with him.
  • GQjock

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    Apr 04, 2008 9:54 PM GMT
    I've seen it all...
    and basically if the equipment is functional thats all you need

    I've done all the Bally corporate types of gyms
    and gay gyms
    and the high end boutique gyms too

    they all have their good and bad points
    but whichever one that gets you to get in the car and sweat is the kind you should shoot for
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    Apr 05, 2008 2:24 AM GMT
    There is an enormous difference between working out and being trained. All of the small pop-up gyms are great for working out. The big gyms have plenty of equipment for working out and access to trainers. The big gyms hire trainers who are good salespeople, always prepared for the up sell.

    The alternative is a place where you can be trained like athletes are trained. Professional athletes get the bodies they have because of professional coaches.

    Places like the Competitive Athlete Training Zone - CATZ - offer professional level training to the average (or above average if you fancy yourself as such) man. There are several training centers around the country.

    Remember, you get what you pay for...

    I am 42 and in the best shape of my life, thanks to CATZ.

    If you are interested in learning more -

    If there is no CATZ in your city. Look for a coach who is highly trained, i.e., BS in Exercise Science, etc, and certified. And don't be fooled by someone with a great body, although nice to look at, it doesn't always mean there is a quality trainer underneath the big shoulders and ripped abs...

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    Apr 05, 2008 3:21 AM GMT
    OOOPS... maybe I am paying more than I should according to y'all. But my gym is fantastic. Has a pool, boxing ring, full amenities, a day spa, a barber,a library and a bar. Not to mention 3 floors of workout equipment. And I've met a couple of N.O. RJers here. All great guys. It's more of a complete lifestyle and I love it. And it's only been around for more than 100 years. But,....that's New Orleans. Have one of those Anytime Fitness places nearby, but nah.Leave that to the burbs

  • SkyMiles

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    Apr 05, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    I go to Gold's. The new one on Lake Murray Blvd In Irmo is very nice, airy, with giant curtain-wall windows and new equipment. It's not as convenient as I'd like and is VERY, VERY, VERY crowded at peak hours, so that's a trade off.
    It costs more, like $45 a month, but I get partially reimbursed by my company's health care package, so that's not so much an issue.

    Overall I like the variety of equipment, facilities and classes, the cleanliness and open space. I HATE working out in dungeons, although I recognize that alot of guys like that.