What do you look for in a gym?

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    Oct 19, 2008 12:42 PM GMT
    Simple question today guys. What criteria do you look for in a gym? What criteria do you have for a good or bad workout enviroment?


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    Oct 19, 2008 1:23 PM GMT
    I look for well maintained machines and a sufficient number of workout stations, dumbells and weights. 24/7 gyms are key to me as I tend to go during non-peak hours.

    ... but the deal breaker for me? parking.
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    Oct 19, 2008 6:04 PM GMT
    More than one flat bench press. More than one _actual_ squat rack (not a smith machine). A good number of benches and doubles of dumbbells up to 50lbs.

    If the gym is predominantly machines with a tiny free-weight area, it's out.
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    Oct 19, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    Modern machines, that are open at the hours I use. And a men's sauna to relax my muscles afterwards, without the need for co-ed clothing rules.
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    Oct 19, 2008 6:17 PM GMT
    yo_mamali saidI look for well maintained machines and a sufficient number of workout stations, dumbells and weights. 24/7 gyms are key to me as I tend to go during non-peak hours.

    ... but the deal breaker for me? parking.



    I am with you!

    Also I will add I joined Ballys because I travel and they have them all over.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 19, 2008 6:27 PM GMT
    What do I look for in a gym? A place where there is no high pressure sales staff trying to get you to sign a contract, something many chain gyms are famous for doing. I look for a serious bodybuilding/ workout environment minus the negative attitudes. I also look for a gym that does not constantly experience turnover in its training staff. When you get to know and work with a personal trainer, it would be nice if they were still around instead of being shuffled to another trainer.
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    Oct 19, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    uhmmmm hot guys? icon_twisted.gif

    -Bench Press(flat - inclined - declined)
    -Cable
    -Dumbbells
    -Bar for the chin up
    -Parallel bars

    Besides that, could be whatever.
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    Oct 19, 2008 6:51 PM GMT
    I look for 2-3 benches, 2 squat machines, 2 FULL sets of free weights, at least 3-4 rows of 10 machines of cardio. 2-3 Row of Nautilus machines in case I am just in the mood. I also look for equipment that isn't rusty, the leather isn't worn out and most of all, NOTHING SMELLS. There is nothing that makes me want to puke more than the smell of funk by the free weights coming from compounding sweat from men using the machine and not wiping down.

    I am spoiled though, I have two gyms on campus and one back in Cleveland that are all state-of-the-art. LUCKY icon_smile.gif Plus the one in Cleveland is an Urban Active Fitness (used to be Gold's I guess before bought out), that one is nice especially since my father always pays since we go together as bonding time. The geezer goes for like 2-3 hrs. He is retired and has 0 hobbies aside from reading the newspaper and drinking Whole Foods coffee.

    But I have put my time in with terrible gyms both in America and Europe. My I paid 800 € in France for a gym that had 5 cardio machines (2 treads, 2 bikes, 1 erg) like 5 or 6 nautilus machines of which 1-2 were always broken. It had a second floor with weights: one bench, one smith machine, one seated military press bench and a yoga mat....but it was something to do although I had to chase off all the racaille he would come and harass.

    I am going to Belgium in January and got a membership at 1 of the 2 gyms they pretty much have there. Ugh, 50€ for the week and this place isn't bigger than maybe 800 sq feet, maybe 1000.

    TLDR crowd: clean equipment, good hours, and lots of it.
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    Oct 19, 2008 6:52 PM GMT
    Tons (literally lol) of free-weights, pool, cardio equipment, spa and a good staff to name a few good gym qualitiesicon_smile.gif
  • vindog

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    Oct 19, 2008 7:42 PM GMT
    nice staff, saline swimming pools, free towel service, non-coed dry sauna (NOT BECAUSE I'VE HOOKED UP IN IT) and lockers are part of it.


    I hate big box-y, immaculately clean gyms. My gym doesn't really have the newest anything, but its 24 hours (actually 24 hours, unlike the ones who say they are in their name but really aren't), has everything I need plus free classes There is minimal annoying beefcake factor, as well.


    They also have a juice/smoothie bar, margarita Friday AND sell beer (I LOVE Nevada). Plus the staff there is so damn nice. There is a Gold's Gym, a "24 hour" Fitness and another gym all closer, but I go to the one I like. It's the oldest gym in Reno.






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    Oct 19, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    great equipment is critical. And depending on the membership population of the gym, and how busy it is during peak hours, plenty of equipment is critical. Lots of free weights are a must to really build the body.
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    Oct 19, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    No matter where you at where you going just keep running, cardiovascular exercise is the key at list 25 minutes 5 times a week and after you lost size no weight you ready for the next step .... can we work out or any other exercise ... good luck but just keep running ....
  • MuslDrew

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    Oct 19, 2008 8:53 PM GMT
    I look for a variety of equipment. Like to see 2 or more squat racks, I count the number of benches, check out the variety of machines & cardio equipment. Secondly, the hours are very important.Very close third would be location.
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    Oct 20, 2008 4:00 AM GMT
    My old gym the guys didn't bother to oil the machines they preferred to let them break blame the members and spend ten times as much replacing the machines after they allowed them to sit without of order signs....


    All the fancy perks in the world aren't worth it if they don't have the basics down.

    Same goes for a firm towel and weight re-rack policy