Why did you choose your gym?

  • HPgeek934

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    Jan 29, 2012 11:54 PM GMT
    The majority of this site (seeing as how it's a fitness site) is a member of a gym. What made you pick the one you joined?

    For me it was the fact that I was new to working out, so I joined the gym that my brother goes to. I now regret it because it's incredibly small (700-750 square feet) has NO locker room or showers, one co-ed bathroom, one of each machine, and only two elliptical machines and treadmills. On top of that its 50 bucks a month, and I can't wait for my contract to be up so I can leave and head to LA Fitness for a much larger gym with more amenities.

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    Jan 30, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    1) Location (and multiple convenient locations)
    2) Price
    3) Equipment
    4) Hours
    5) Classes
    6) I used to have a membership to that gym years ago (then switched gyms for a few years), so some of my friends use this gym
  • btone1456

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    Jan 30, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    Retro Fitness. In NJ there is always one with in 15 minutes of me and its only 19 bucks a month. plenty of weight equipment and generous cardio deck. also every retro has a Cardio movie theatre.
  • gcoastmark

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    Jan 30, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    MolaMola said1) Location (and multiple convenient locations)
    2) Price
    3) Equipment
    4) Hours
    5) Classes
    6) I used to have a membership to that gym years ago (then switched gyms for a few years), so some of my friends use this gym


    THIS....and also cleanliness.
  • He_Man

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    Jan 30, 2012 3:00 AM GMT
    Mainly the location and the price. Honestly, though, it was all of the hot men! icon_twisted.gif You get a tesosterone high just by sniffing the air. All of those sweaty, juiced-up guys walking around keeps me motivated!
  • dc415

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    Jan 30, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    i joined 24 hour fitness because

    1. there was one right next to my old dead-end job
    2. lots of locations
    3. cheap over the long term

    i suppose you get what you pay for... but i have to say there were a couple times when I was in Hong Kong and staying at a hostel with crap showers that I was really really glad to be able to go the "California Fitness" there...

    nowadays i go to my school gym (more hot guys), but after i graduate it's back to 24 hour... *sigh*
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    Jan 30, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    1) Location (I get off the subway on the way to work and there's my gym). Plus there are other branches around which I sometimes use.
    2) Facilities

    Price was kind of a factor: there are cheaper gyms and certainly some that are at least twice as expensive, but mine seems to occupy a good middle ground relative to what's available to me. I don't take classes or exercise at unusual hours.
  • wldct1998

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    Jan 30, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    Cheaper than going to my old mixed martial arts gym, closer to home and work, and a lot of my friends go there, which I figured would give me work out partners or at least some motivation.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 30, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    Location, the next closest one is 30 miles away.
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    Jan 30, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    Location and equipment.
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    Jan 30, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    Requirements #2 and 3 narrowed the field considerably so picking out a gym was easy. In order of importance, most to least:

    1. proximity
    2. single level
    3. indoor olympic pool

    4. quality/quantity weight equipment
    5. yoga class availability
    6. spaciousness of gym floor
    7. operating hours
    8. air conditioning/heat adequacy
    9. multiple locations
    10. price
    11. covered parking
    12. eye candy

    LA Fitness best met all my criteria. 24 Hour Fitness placed second.
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    Jan 30, 2012 3:45 AM GMT
    1) it's part of a chain, so I can use any of them in Australia (I travel for work occasionally)

    2) good mix of cardio and weight machines

    3) open on weekends

    4) decent mix of classes at times I can make it

    5) easy to get to - I can drive, walk, or ride my bike
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    Jan 30, 2012 4:24 AM GMT
    1. Location / no contract

    2. It wasn't planet fitness

    3. price $30 a month

    4. it wasn't planet fitness

    5. equipment, freedom to workout how i want

    6. it wasn't planet fitness

    7. i can bring 2 friends every time if i want

    8. it wasn't planet fitness

    9. it wasn't planet fitness

    10. it wasn't planet fitness

    the hours do kina suck. the music blows (yay headphones), n there's no cleaning supplies : /

    id still give it an 8.5 outta 10 as far as gyms go
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    Jan 30, 2012 4:26 AM GMT
    $99 a year and close to work...can't beat that.
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    Jan 30, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI got a good deal and my gym is open 24/7/365, I pay $350 a year. I can't beat that price.

    It's a bit too crowded. In fact, all gyms pretty much are.

    I someday want a large enough home so that I can have my own gym in the basement.


    same reasons here..
    Plus it's all new ( they relocated last year) , it's huge, busy and there's so much equipment you're very rarely waiting for a bench, station or machine. Dumbbells and barbells are plenty.
    Showers, sauna ( dry and steam ) + swimming pool ( 2 corridors ), snack bar, supplement shop, tanning rooms ,a jogging passerelle, an awesome boxing room fully equipped , martial arts room , (but for those two you pay extra).
    and looots of mirrors with loooots of hot guys checking themselves out... with the occasional guy checking the hot guy checking himself out.

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    Jan 30, 2012 4:58 AM GMT
    I chose based on location over everything else. It's not an awesome, high-profile gym with sexy people and facilities/machinery, but it has the basics and stays open long enough to accomodate my weird work hours.
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    Jan 30, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
    At first, I chose Bally Total Fitness because I couldn't afford to go to LA Fitness on my student budget.

    Bally was cheaper but definitely lacked ALLLLL the equipment and features that LA Fitness had. Better hours, location, equipment, programs, classes, people, EVERYTHING.


    I only had to pay 20 dollars a month at Bally, and LA was a lot more expensive at the time so I couldn't go.


    But luckily for me, LA Fitness bought Bally out last month and they honored my contract.

    YYEEESSSSS I was so fuckin happy!!!!!!

    So, NOW I get to go to LA Fitness for the same 20 dollar deal and get access to all the features Bally raggedy ass couldn't offer.


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    Jan 30, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    It was new
    memberships cheap
    close by
    always open
    guy running it is hot
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    Feb 01, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
    1. Location - two minutes from home
    2. Price - $35 bucks a month
    3. Size - small gym, but the volume is low also
    4. Clean - people clean after themselves and cleaning wipes are everywhere
    5. Locker rooms - nice showers and lockers with keypads on them- I go before work so I shower every time.

    I went to a big chain gym last night with a friend, and they wanted to charge me a dollar to use a towel!!!!! crazy
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    Feb 01, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    I've tried quite a few gyms in my area -- fortunately, I live in DC, where there's a number -- from the WSC (too cookie-cutter, corporate-run) to VIDA (the "we're not the gay gym" gay gym, where the focus is on abs and arms -- there's barely a leg area, but the locker rooms are to die for!). Presently, I'm at Gold's, which is a half mile closer to my house than VIDA, but a harder bike ride. I LOVE this gym because of the leg area alone -- so much stuff! Nice people, no crowds -- not the most up-to-date facility, but more than meets my needs. Feels like a big boy gym.
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    Feb 01, 2012 4:38 PM GMT
    I've been with my gym chain for five years now but in the last year I've tried out two of their competitors and also have access to the Athletics Centre of a local university.

    I recently tried out downtown Toronto's newest health club for a six-week trial. There's no question there facilities are better than my current, but I'm not changing. Their staff is awful, they make impressive promises and have zero follow-through. After my "free assessment" one of their personal trainers mapped out a package for me that would have me training with him 3-4 times a week for the next year (based on a goal of gaining 10lbs of muscle, losing 10lbs of fat) at a cost that is 20% of my annual salary (after that I was scared to ask what the membership rates on top of that would have been). Another reason is that although they've invested in some cool stuff like a good variety of kettlebells, heavy ropes, medicine balls, and 10 TRX systems, members only have access to this equipment when they're with a trainer.

    The gym I've stayed with has a dozen locations in the GTA, with varying equipment at each, most of which is accessible to everyone. In addition, they're affiliated with 24-Hr Fitness in the US so I can use any of those gyms when I travel.
  • Suetonius

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    Feb 01, 2012 4:39 PM GMT
    1. Pool

    2. Location

    3. Part of a local chain.
  • Suetonius

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    Feb 01, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    eb925guy said$99 a year and close to work...can't beat that.

    Which is this? And does it have a swimming pool?
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    Feb 01, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    1. Walking distance from home
    2. Huge space with all the right equipment
    3. FULL of sweaty muscle bears and daddies
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    Feb 01, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    MolaMola said1) Location (and multiple convenient locations)
    2) Price
    3) Equipment
    4) Hours
    5) Classes
    6) I used to have a membership to that gym years ago (then switched gyms for a few years), so some of my friends use this gym


    I would have to agree with this. Also it's 24/7 so I can go anytime I want.