What do you expect from paid gym membership?

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    Mar 14, 2015 3:31 AM GMT
    A forum for "the right gym/trainer for yourself" is here http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/16711.

    But here, I want to hear about your feedback on what you expect from your ideal gym (that you will pay to go to). icon_smile.gif
  • stratavos

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    Mar 14, 2015 1:45 PM GMT
    anytime access. good range of exercise equipment available, enough space for 30+ people to be able to be using the space at the same time, full mirrors along a section of wall, and... a sauna in the changeroom. (thankfully all of those things are provided at the one I go to currently)

  • vhotti26

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    Mar 14, 2015 1:54 PM GMT
    24/7 access and all the equipment I need in good condition. No need for any fancy stuff like yoga rooms or crap like that.
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    Mar 14, 2015 2:42 PM GMT
    I expect it to be clean, well maintained, 24/7, convenient, and ideally have a pool.
  • South_Howler

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    Mar 14, 2015 3:22 PM GMT
    I would love a nice clean gym. With 3 squat racks, 2 dead lift stations, 3 bench press stations, 2 incline and decline bench press stations. 2 cable machines, 2 areas for free weights (one with lighter weights and stretch bands targeted towards beginners and people that are doing phys ther) the other for regular/hard core lifting.

    Also, cardio: bikes (spin ones), steps, treadmills, an area for jump rope. Pool and that's it.
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    Mar 14, 2015 3:24 PM GMT
    I expect lots of hot horny guys.
  • Uncharted95

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    Mar 14, 2015 5:53 PM GMT
    Access to the gym?
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    Mar 14, 2015 6:30 PM GMT
    My gym does have a yoga room (that I don't use), all the latest equipment, and a men's steam room and sauna, but no pool or hot tub, indoor courts or running track. Another plus is that it's nearby, I could walk to it, although I more often bicycle. And it's Wilton Manors, so most users are gay.

    But here's the best part - it's totally FREE! We don't pay a penny! If you're over 65 and on Medicare you may be eligible, too. Check your Medicare supplement or other health plan. I didn't know my husband & I were eligible until someone told me.

    Check your plan, you may be qualified, too. It's called "Silver Sneakers" and there are over 13,000 participating gyms, YMCAs, health centers & spas in the US. All free! It's underwritten because the theory is that if you use these places your better health will reduce your future costs to your insurance provider. Which is also why some companies likewise subsidize or entirely underwrite health club memberships, for their employees of all ages.

    Silver Sneakers is an independent operation, that receives money reimbursement from health plans, to which you may already belong. And you can join as many gyms as you want, there's no limit, all free. I could join 20 gyms simultaneously here if I had the desire. Do look into it.

    https://www.silversneakers.com
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    Mar 14, 2015 7:26 PM GMT
    RPM classes, salt water pool and hot tub, basketball court or track so I can run laps indoors because I hate running on treadmills, bands for strength training, and weight machines and free weights, and core weight balls and exercise equipment. My gym includes free tanning , too, and I like that in the winter. I like the stand up kind.
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    Mar 14, 2015 10:41 PM GMT
    heavy things to pick up and put back down
  • toybrian

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    Mar 14, 2015 10:46 PM GMT
    The only thing I expect is time to work out and get to be the best I can be there and be courteous to other members. I go to Planet Fitness and there are nights it is packed and I have to wait for equipment and then there are nioghts it is really dead ther and can do my workout and rn in a little over an hour. Only say HELLO to those around me but get down to work when there after I warm up first.So far very happy..
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    Mar 15, 2015 1:21 AM GMT
    At my NYSC in a prime Village location $19.95/mo members want free towels for that price - a perk that the $79/mo members get.

    The average member must use at least 20 towels per month and laundry service must cost at least $.50 a towel, not counting the environmental footprint of laundering and delivery.

    Not that the $20/mo members care; they just want something for nothing.

    My needs are simple - I want a 75' long saltwater lap pool (fewer sinus infections given gentler chlorination process) and found one at a typically well-equipped Golds - WIN. So twice a week I go to Golds, the rest of the time my NYSC four minutes away. There's no such thing as a perfect gym. But boys, between both the results are starting to show.
  • mybud

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    Mar 15, 2015 2:50 AM GMT
    Mines $10 a month,(it's not planet fitness). It has all the equipment I need. Small and usually not crowded.
  • LASim89

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    Mar 15, 2015 2:59 AM GMT
    The more I pay the more I expect.
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    Mar 15, 2015 5:43 AM GMT
    Thank you so much guys! icon_biggrin.gif All this info, plus mine for niche/special population, will be useful for commercial gym operations that I want to go into. Please continue to add anything new to the continually growing list. Again, much appreciated your input!
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    Mar 15, 2015 5:52 AM GMT
    Mine's $52 a month, but it's clean, open 24/7, and almost everything is new and it's all meticulously clean and well maintained. It's Anytime Fitness in Moscow, ID. And you can use our key at any Anytime Fitness, but sadly I've been to the Anytime in Seattle and a number of other places in the west and they don't measure up to the one in my hometown. The Capital Hill Anytime is particularly disappointing.
  • jrc2005

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    Mar 15, 2015 11:33 AM GMT
    I expect equipment to be reasonably clean and in good repair, good selection of dumbbells and benches, at least one squat rack/cage and Smith machine, clean locker room (incl. bathrooms), a sweat towel, and some behavior oversight.

    Yes, mats, too!
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    Mar 15, 2015 11:53 AM GMT
    -24/7 access
    -Weights
    -Machines
    -Cable machines
    -Pull up + dip bars
    -Mats
    -Water
    -Changing room icon_razz.gif
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Mar 15, 2015 11:59 AM GMT
    I agree with what has already been said, and my gym is very good. They do send out surveys twice a year to get member feedback. I did just notice something yesterday that made me irritated. They have always had a vending machine in the men's locker room for bottled water and juice. I noticed yesterday it was gone. One of the sales people said they took it out because they made no money off of it. I should always remember to bring my own bottled water. I'd rather have a bottle of water with me than use the drinking fountain.
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    Mar 15, 2015 4:04 PM GMT
    Must haves
    - Deadlift Station
    - Squat rack
    - Free Weights
    - Bench
    - Cables
    - Boxes
    - Pull up bar

  • Mar 15, 2015 4:07 PM GMT
    ammmmmm
    ...icon_lol.gif...thanks i will never go!!!icon_idea.gificon_idea.gif
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    Mar 15, 2015 5:56 PM GMT
    "paid gym membership"

    lol

    is there such thing as a free gym membership?

    Homer man you sound cheap!
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    Mar 15, 2015 7:23 PM GMT
    Homerk saidThank you so much guys! icon_biggrin.gif All this info, plus mine for niche/special population, will be useful for commercial gym operations that I want to go into. Please continue to add anything new to the continually growing list. Again, much appreciated your input!

    Ah, now I understand your interest and focus a little better. Well, definitely see about participating in the Silver Sneakers program. At my gym it brings in 30 senior men & women over age 65 every day at 11 AM, for workouts in the yoga room with a trainer. Mostly just simple stretching exercises, not actually yoga at our location.

    They're usually out after an hour, most don't use the equipment, locker rooms or other facilities, but that's 30 extra fees the gym is getting, often more seniors there at that hour than other members. And as I understand it Silver Sneakers is billed by the gym for each visit, with a swipe of the senior's special progam membership card, you don't receive the gym's card, it's not a fixed monthly fee.

    So a nice "bonus" revenue the gym might not ordinarily have gotten, with minimal overhead expense to them and little facility wear & tear, except possibly the cost of the trainer. And even that may be partly underwritten by Silver Sneakers.

    Do look into it for your gym operations, or any other similar plans that might be out there, some also through companies for their employees of all ages. It gives you an entirely different demographic of users you might not otherwise have attracted.

    The places where I've used Silver Sneakers have all seemed very eager to have us there, I presume a good money-maker for them, with people who are quiet, well-behaved, inoffensive, very unlikely to cause the gym any trouble. Even guys like me, who actually do work on the equipment, are very light & easy users. Not too many testosterone-charged gym rats having 'roid rage in MY social set. LOL!
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    Mar 15, 2015 8:21 PM GMT
    patito said"paid gym membership"

    lol

    is there such thing as a free gym membership?

    Homer man you sound cheap!

    Yes, as I've been describing in my 2 posts above. The commercial gym is of course charging its fee, but someone else is paying for the cost of the individual membership. In my case by the "Silver Sneakers" program for seniors over age 65. And some companies partially or totally underwrite health club memberships for their employees of all ages.

    I've also heard that some insurance companies will likewise cover certain gym costs for its beneficiaries undergoing longterm physical rehab. Because that can be a cheaper option for them than a physical therapy program in a hospital or clinic environment.

    So yes, there are free gym memberships that people have, like myself and my husband, but not because the gym itself is giving away its services for nothing.
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    Mar 16, 2015 12:40 AM GMT
    i only pay $100/yr at 24hour Fitness
    so
    the local Colorado blvd & Alameda store, the change area, is incredibly dirty filthy. With a high viral content. They have few store fronts in the down town area.
    but
    the equipment is functional