Secret Gym of NFL and Celebrities in West Hollywood

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    May 14, 2015 1:51 AM GMT
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    NYT: This is the Unbreakable Performance Center, a semisecret gym where, safe from indiscreet Instagrammers, N.F.L. players hoping for a winning edge are whipped into shape in the off-season using a mixture of zero tech (medicine balls) and futuristic equipment (a cryotherapy chamber) that makes the place look as if NASA set up shop in a garage.

    The gym is also where Usher boxes, Sean Combs does speed drills, and plenty of finance guys (and some women), actors and media bosses swing Bulgarian bags — brown banana-shaped sandbags that weigh up to 84 pounds — in part because they want to sweat (and fist-bump) with elite athletes, not just train like them. The cost is $2,000 per month for unlimited personal training.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/style/for-nfl-stars-and-celebrities-theres-no-off-season.html?ref=fashion
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    May 14, 2015 1:59 AM GMT
    I need to start saving!
  • CurvDkBlkTop

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    May 14, 2015 6:05 PM GMT
    Considering that most personal training sessions run upwards of $50/hr, that's not a bad deal...the question is, what's the additional 'membership cost' for being able to access the facility?
  • bro4bro

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    May 15, 2015 3:17 AM GMT
    I worked out at Gold's in Redondo Beach for 20+ years for $240 per year, and met many "celebrities" - pro athletes, actors, rock stars, and various miscellaneous personalities (fuckin' Fabio used to work out there). It's LA; celebrities go with the territory.

    And you sure as fuck don't need to pay $2000 a month to be in top notch shape - just show up and get to work, damn it.
  • tj85016

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    May 15, 2015 5:22 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidI worked out at Gold's in Redondo Beach for 20+ years for $240 per year, and met many "celebrities" - pro athletes, actors, rock stars, and various miscellaneous personalities (fuckin' Fabio used to work out there). It's LA; celebrities go with the territory.

    And you sure as fuck don't need to pay $2000 a month to be in top notch shape - just show up and get to work, damn it.


    lol I went there for a year, one good thing about the South Bay is that people didn't give a fuck about pretense or celebrity
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    May 15, 2015 8:09 AM GMT
    What bro4bro said!!

    And Fabio. haha.
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    May 15, 2015 2:13 PM GMT
    you can assume even a semi professional sports player has access to improved or even unlimited medical and fitness.





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    May 15, 2015 11:47 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidI worked out at Gold's in Redondo Beach for 20+ years for $240 per year, and met many "celebrities" - pro athletes, actors, rock stars, and various miscellaneous personalities (fuckin' Fabio used to work out there). It's LA; celebrities go with the territory.

    And you sure as fuck don't need to pay $2000 a month to be in top notch shape - just show up and get to work, damn it.
    Anyone who spends $2000.00 a month on a gym or health club membership needs their head examined.
  • Relajado

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    May 16, 2015 4:33 AM GMT
    Lady GaGa goes there too To train some mma or at least mma conditionin
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    May 17, 2015 6:06 AM GMT
    I stood behind Fabio in Pavillions once in West Hollywood and laughed when I realized who it was, but then realized, he was douche whose old Mercedes was parked in the fire lane in front of the store.
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    May 17, 2015 7:16 PM GMT
    I've been surprised how many cities have exclusive private gyms that you rarely hear about. Some require a referral from a current member, with a hefty joining fee and a screening process not unlike for a country club. Over the years 3 of my BFs have had such memberships. Celebrities and the wealthy welcome the freedom from fans, gawkers, and photographers, plus the nicer atmosphere, and will pay for it, along with expert trainers.

    I only used one of these with a BF, in Seattle in the late 1990s. Discreetly located in a medium-sized office building, the lobby's building directory listed the various professional offices, and said something like "Grecian Health Club - Private, Members Only.....3rd Floor".

    Been so many years, I think it had a name like that. And I honestly can't remember if women used it, too. If they did it couldn't have been too many. A male desk receptionist greeted you at the elevator for a membership card check.

    The men's locker room was very spacious and well appointed with full-length wood lockers and paneling, again, like you find in the golf changing room at a country club. With a men's steam room, hot tub, sauna, and large gang shower, no private stalls. Everything immaculate, the equipment sparkling.

    My BF told me it was mostly gay, and indeed, it was common to see pairs of guys working out, later showering and taking the steam or sauna naked together, my gaydar alerting. Nobody did the towel dance or demonstrated any shyness. I don't recall ever seeing any celebrities I recognized, but many youngish professionals in business suits, who by their conversations were evidently bankers, investors, attorneys, executives and such.

    One quirky thing was that the outside windows were wide and went ceiling to floor, as did all the building's windows. Let in tons of natural light with the vertical blinds always left open, which was nice, not the usual closed vault feeling of most locker rooms. But also gave no privacy from the offices and sidewalk across the street below. In fact, the beam scale was right in front of a window, and guys would weigh themselves stark naked, unconcerned by the lack of privacy. There was always a white-clad attendant, and he never touched the blinds, maybe they did at night.

    But overall a pleasant experience, both the upscale facility itself and being around well-mannered (and very good looking) gentlemen. I only went about 12 times as a guest during the months I dated him. I lived in the Seattle suburbs while he had his business in town to run, so our dates often consisted of doing a full weekend at his Whidbey Island getaway on the north end of Puget Sound, or maybe a night on the town with a sleepover at his Seattle place.