Gyms in Various Countries

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    Sep 12, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    Hola from Madrid, Spain.
    I just spent my first day at a local gym and wanted to share my experience, I'd like to hear from others about gyms in other countries they've been to. I, of course have been to US and Spanish ones.

    Not everything is as big as in the US... so of course the local gym here is much more crowded, by equipment and walls. I'm getting used to metric again, and the weights are smaller (still have corresponding weights) and are harder to grab. The machines and dumbells are also quite different, dumbells are of that type that have large, round metal ends instead of bigger, rubber ones. In my particular gym, there is no AC but lots of fans and no water fountains (those are not customary in Europe, or at least many countries, anyway AFAIK).

    I can bear with all that, though, because I'm motivated to work hard and don't care so much about conditions. The only pejorative though is that it's more expensive than the US gyms, I'm paying 45 Euro per month, for 3 months, which is a little over 60 dollars.

    Let me know in which countries you worked out and what it's like!
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    Sep 12, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    No water fountains? Do they expect everyone to carry his own water?

    Many gyms here in the U.S. have all-metal dumbbells too.
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    FRE0 saidNo water fountains? Do they expect everyone to carry his own water?

    Many gyms here in the U.S. have all-metal dumbbells too.


    No, and water isn't free in any restaurants. However, people at homes drink from taps.
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    My gym is in Mexico. It's pricey and not all that great. Peak hours in the mornings and evenings are MURDER, so I only go in the early afternoon and even then it's kinda still crowded.
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    Australian gyms are awesome icon_biggrin.gif

    We are so friendly and easy going
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    My favorite 'MAKE DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE' experience was at a gym in Patzcuaro, Mexico.

    I was charged the equivalent of ONE DOLLAR for my workout.

    From the look of the place, that was only a fair price.

    EVERY weight device and piece of equipment was made of welded-together junked car parts.....and other scrap metal.

    Pulleys and wires were attached to metal frames to make cable-pulls. Weight benches were made by hand too.

    BUT EVERYTHING WORKED.

    And as I started doing some pull-ups and figuring out how to use things, the owner sent over THIS AMAZING TRAINER.

    So after a great and unexpected workout, I asked the owner how much more I owed him.

    "NOTHING" he said. And he insisted that was indeed his charge for this private training session.

    I equally insisted that he take 10 bucks. Best Workout Ever.
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    Sep 13, 2012 6:40 AM GMT
    gaythlete saidAustralian gyms are awesome icon_biggrin.gif

    We are so friendly and easy going


    When I was down in Sydney last June, the Fitness First on Pitt St. was a great gym. The mates there WERE friendly!! icon_smile.gif