If there was a gay friendly gym?

  • KinesiologyMa...

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    Jan 23, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    So to all you athletes, non-athletes, and people just looking to get into better shape. If there was a private gym located in a gay neighborhood that was advertised as gay friendly would you want to go there? Would that motivate you to go more?
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    Jan 23, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
    To me gay friendliness is determined by the amount of gay members there are and whether or not the staff members show any negativity towards the gay members.

    I don't think a gym that specifically advertises itself as gay friendly would make me want to go more or less. If the place was clean and well equipped and affordable,I'd consider it.
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    Jan 23, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    Unless your current gym makes a point of harassing gay members I don't see how much different this gay friendly would be. Unless "gay friendly gym" was code for "have open sex in the locker room and showers".
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    Jan 23, 2012 8:27 PM GMT
    Um, I dont really care if it's gay friendly or not.
    Rather, I would want my gym to have all the things I need from free-weights to machines and other thing.

    Also, is the gym clean? How crowded does it get? Will I be waiting in line to use a machine or weights?

    Also, what kind of hours do they have? are they open a lot?

    It's gotta be affordable too.

    The fact that it's gay friendly or not means nothing to me. I dont go to the gym to pick up guys i go to work out and stay in shape.

    Besides, going to a gay gym would prob be annoying, cuz u might get weirdos going there who stare at u the whole time.

    no thanks.
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    Jan 23, 2012 8:40 PM GMT
    Its one thing to be gay friendly and another to be a bath house icon_neutral.gif

    I assume most gyms are gay friendly as long as you aren't trolling for dick icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 23, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    I wouldn't want to go to a gym advertised as "gay-friendly". The picture that immediately comes to my mind includes stuck-up trainers that look like they came straight out of a Sean Cody video, really bad house remixes of pop/top40 blaring on the gym speakers, cruisy locker rooms/steamroom/sauna, and superfluous amenities.
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    Jan 23, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    What is this "if there was"? There already is.
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    Jan 23, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    You cruise, you lose...
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    Jan 23, 2012 10:47 PM GMT
    KinesiologyMajor saidSo to all you athletes, non-athletes, and people just looking to get into better shape. If there was a private gym located in a gay neighborhood that was advertised as gay friendly would you want to go there? Would that motivate you to go more?


    No. But when there was a homophobic jerkwad at my gym I complained with others. Otherwise straight/gay isn't an issue at mine.

    All I want is a gym that's professionally equipped and maintained, and a reasonable clientele.
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    Jan 25, 2012 4:11 PM GMT
    My suggestion fir the OP if he is concerned about rhe vanity abd cruising and general time-wasting that is the typical gym is to eschew the stereotypical gay gym and the chain gyms (Planet Fatness, etc). which are frequented by inconsiderate and ignorant brah's (the type that grunt and groan for every fuckin' rep for all their sets like a gorilla getting raped with a 2x4)...

    Find a hardcore powerlifting gym, one that is in a wharehouse or squirreled away in the back part of a run down strip mall.

    Get in, do your routine and GTFO.

  • Kwokpot

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    Jan 25, 2012 4:25 PM GMT
    Not sure why all the hate but here in Philly, the 'gay gym', 12th St. Gym, which I belong to, is one of the cleanest, friendliest, and best of all, most affordable in Center City Philly.

    The gym is in the heart of the Gayborhood, but it also appeals to the large college student population here, as well as local seniors, both gay & straight.

    The gym has an incredible roster of trainers, men, women, gay, straight.

    Surprisingly, Philly has several other 'gay friendly' gyms in the Center City area,
    but 12th st. Gym can't be beat.

    Oh, and you know, gym cruising happens whether or not the gym is gay friendly.

    http://www.12streetgym.com/
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    Jan 25, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    For me selecting a gym is more so based on
    1. Do they have all the equipment I need?
    2. Is it within my budget?
    3. Is it clean and sanitary?
    4. Is the staff friendly?

    Luckily I have already found a gym like that, so wouldn't want to switch.
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    Jan 25, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    I'm the only openly gay member of my gym but I'd still describe it as gay friendly. Crossfit gyms are pretty social with lots of post workout drinks and dinner and other socializing. No one cares that I'm gay. I'm treated just like everyone else. Can't ask for anything more, in my opinion.
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    Jan 25, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidI'm the only openly gay member of my gym but I'd still describe it as gay friendly. Crossfit gyms are pretty social with lots of post workout drinks and dinner and other socializing. No one cares that I'm gay. I'm treated just like everyone else. Can't ask for anything more, in my opinion.


    Ah, another reason why I miss my old box. They were totally my second family who actually took fitness seriously and couldn't give two shits if I'm gay.
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    Jan 25, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    KinesiologyMajor saidSo to all you athletes, non-athletes, and people just looking to get into better shape. If there was a private gym located in a gay neighborhood that was advertised as gay friendly would you want to go there? Would that motivate you to go more?


    Sure, I'd patronize a gay-friendly gym over a regular gym, but I think most gyms in modern America are gay friendly, aren't they?
  • LJay

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    Jan 25, 2012 4:57 PM GMT
    Don't know that I get the concept of a gay gym. Just don't.

    What if there were an all nude all the time gym?
  • Kwokpot

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    Jan 25, 2012 5:04 PM GMT
    LJay saidDon't know that I get the concept of a gay gym. Just don't.

    What if there were an all nude all the time gym?

    There are reasons why some gay men would be more comfortable going to a gym that is marketed as gay friendly. Why?

    What if you are HIV+,taking meds, healthy, but show some medication side effects? Many of the trainers in my gym actually advertise that they specialize in HIV nutritional health & fitness. If you are looking to maintain your health, knowing your trainer is sensitive AND understands your needs will allow you to maintain your health without judgement.