Gyms

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    Jan 15, 2007 7:03 PM GMT
    Hey all,

    Something I read here got me thinking and my question is to those of you who are members of a gym, what about your gym do you like or as the case may be don't like or both. I'm just curious...
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    Jan 16, 2007 3:33 AM GMT
    I love gyms that have Saunas, Steam rooms, and hot tubs. Especially if you don't have to wear a towel or a suit. Also, it is nice if you don't really have to wait in line for equipment or benches.

    Other than that, it just seems like it is if they have the right machines, and it doesn't hurt if they guys there are delicious.
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    Jan 16, 2007 4:19 AM GMT
    For me, while eye candy is important (even though you can find that at almost any gym), it is very important to me that I can "get in and get out" whenever I want, with little hassle. I'm pretty introverted when I am at the gym and the last thing I want to do is talk to people and delay my workout...so I throw my ipod on, do what i need to do and an hour or so later im headed back home.

    It should also be within walking / jogging distance - one of the joys of city living. Who truly wants to drive to the gym after a long day of work, only to have to drive back home...and waste money on gas?

    It should lastly have a challenging variety of equipment so that I do not get bored.

    I am not really price ($$) oriented when it comes to the gym as you can't actually put a price on personal health and well being...and would you really want to go to the cheap gym with the crappy equipment or the more expensive with the better equipment?

    But thats just me...
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    Jan 16, 2007 4:41 PM GMT
    My gym is private (ie, independent) and that seems to make a HUGE difference here in SoCal. I like the fact I am recognized by the door person as I walk in and I LOVE that all the equipment is new and kept clean. FitSpace may be smaller, but I have access to sauna and tanning and a broad range of classes if I feel like it. I used to belong to 24hour Fitness and have vowed NEVER AGAIN: this company has a total lack of customer service and seems primarily concerned with getting people to sign up. I am ACE certified and have watched many PTs at 24hour not bother to correct their client's form or, worse yet, instruct a client wrong form!
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    Jan 16, 2007 7:43 PM GMT
    I'm starting to think the experience is really going to depend on each location. I recently changed from a small independent gym to one that is part of a large chain. It wasn't 24 Hour, though. Anyway, in my own situation, it was the best thing for me. The larger space and choice of equipment has really given me the mental boost to get more interactive and even try out some of the classes offered.

    It's definitely an individual thing although it looks like we have commonalities in what we want.
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    Mar 04, 2007 3:58 PM GMT
    I NEVER sign a long-term contract, too many of them change owners/go out of business etc... WATCH THAT!

    I belong to four gyms cause each one has my favorite equipment for the bodypart needed to work

    EXAMPLE --

    Quad's Gym in Chicago is OLD SCHOOL, every piece of equipment needed to work your legs like no other --
    but NO AIR CONDITIONER, so SWEAT SWEAT SWEAT in the summer -- love that!

    Check out the facility well before signing on the dotted line --

    AND I AGREE with PT's (I am certified) and see Personal Trainers performing exercises incorrectly, not watching their clients and just going through the motions ...

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    Mar 04, 2007 10:06 PM GMT
    I like gyms that have attention to customer service. I'm a member at a number of gyms, and each has its pros and cons.

    Liftetime Fitness (http://www.lifetimefitness.com) has BY FAR the best customer service I've EVER experienced. There facilities are incredible!

    I was a member at 24 Hour Fitness for 7 years. 24 Hour Fitness is beyond horrible in their customer service, in my view. Even after two a days, and being their for seven years, they would hassle me for a driver's license id. (Like I hadn't been there thousands of times before?) When I complained that 24 Hour Fitness was not treating me like the long standing customer that I was. There ops manager wanted me to juice him up, too, and I said no. A week later, I was thrown out (despite being a model member for nearly 8 years) for "dropping weights."

    LA Fitness is one of the gyms where I have a membership, as well. LA Fitness has outstanding customer service, good equipment, great locations, and some neat members. Only downside side with LA Fitness is their constrained hours of operation.

    I'm a member at several small gyms as well. I like some of the benefits of the small gyms, but, they're often lacking some component that affects training. I've met some neat folks in small gyms, but, generally like the facilities of the larger chains.

    I like to be around folks that inspire me. I'm not very chatty at the gym, except maybe at the end of my workout, or while recovering. I pay lots of attention to my time windows on training and nutrition, so I watch the clock.

    When I train, I use my ipod, my stop watch, and stay focused.

    If you're a gym newbie, please, don't be an idiot. Pick up your weights (these are beautiful facilities, and should be treated as such, and you should respect the members behind you). As well, use some common sense, don't walk in front of someone lifting in the mirror. Don't sit on a bench and yack. I have many things to get done during my day, of which, working out is only one. Also, do your own research. Don't ask stupid questions like how big are your arms, or how much do you bench? Does it matter? And, finally, lift with correct form. Don't throw weights around. Lighter is most times better.

    And, yes, I often get many eyes on me at the gym for the same reason they gave me the trophies. That's o.k.; it fuels my workout, but there's always someone bigger, cuter, leaner, richer, etc. It's all relative. It's about an individual effort.

    As always use judgment. Don't do some stupid esoteric move because Joe Slim does it. At some point, let common sense prevail.
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    Mar 05, 2007 3:49 AM GMT
    I have had great fat loss success with Sean Harley's ithinkfit.com. Sean and his business partner have a tremendous routine in their supervised "bootcamps" but their website is incredible in terms of diet and workout plans. Major league eye candy on this website. I TOTALLY agree that 24 Hour Fitness is pathetic, and Lifetime Fitness, which is putting up a 150,000 sq ft club here is gonna kick 24's sorry ass. Gold's here is so run down and the locker rooms are gross.
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    Mar 05, 2007 6:25 AM GMT
    I joined Bally's ten years ago at a great deal - even for their long 3-year commitment. Since I've been there so long, it's hard to find another gym with a membership as low as what I'm paying now, so they've got me.

    While Bally's is terrible at customer service, they have locations everywhere which is nice for travel... and in Detroit it's nice because there's one all over the metro area (except in the city... but there are no gyms at all in the city... except for a couple of powerhouse gyms and a NEW, BIG, Beautiful, expensive YMCA downtown.)

    Since Lifetime Fitness has opened in Detroit, Bally's is getting their butt kicked. If you've got a Lifetime Fitness where you are, and can afford the $60/month, it's totally worth it. Beautiful facilities, great customer service, spotlessly clean, lots of classes and stuff, and open 24hrs. Bally's here closes at 10 or 11 and earlier on the weekends which sucks.

    BUT... Bally's is cleaning up their Detroit gyms one at a time. It looks like they're gradually getting rid of the pool, whirlpool, and steam rooms - the three things they could never seem to keep clean.

    The couple I go to regularly are in great shape - great equipment, nice facilities, and relatively clean. And I find that if I get there after 8pm the wait to use equipment is usually little to none.
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    Mar 17, 2007 5:05 PM GMT
    I like 24 hours, but it took me a while to find the "perfect" gym.. It is the one in Los Al.

    I love how the equipments are laid out, and that there is a variety. They have a pool (for cardio) and sauna/steam room.

    Though, the employees aren't very customer service oriented, I still get a good answer when I ask them questions.
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    Mar 17, 2007 5:44 PM GMT
    i like a gym that isn't too busy during the afternoon/evening times cuz thats usually when ill hit it up if its not right down the street from me.

    it should have a wide variety of everything and feature some hammer strength machines. the plates should look good and not be all over the place all the time. the bigger the better. if the staff is all really fit, ill be more into it. the cardio classes should be included and the use of all the amenities as well. saunas are nice, pools rock, indoor even better.

    other than that, just having two to three sets of dumbbells is the last thing i check and that the cushions are warped over.

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    Mar 17, 2007 8:46 PM GMT
    I belong to a few gyms as well.
    I love Lifetime Fitness- the facilities and customers service are heads and shoulders above anyone else.
    Bally's'- I worked for them for 8 years and hated it- it was all about money we could bring in and zero customer service.

    Gold's- I keep my Gold's membership as it is only 2 minutes from my house(cardio at 4:00am) as opposed to Lifetime which 25 miles for me(although they are building one closer to me which is great). I keep that membership because I can go to over 600 locations worldwide and don't have to pay to workout.

    Ric
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    Mar 17, 2007 8:48 PM GMT
    BTW it is rare that anyone approaches me at the gym.
    I am very focused, have my ipod and headphones on all the time .
    I have an goals every time I go to the gym Besides people tell me I look pissed anyway, so even more reason not to bother me :-)
    Ric

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    Mar 17, 2007 10:41 PM GMT
    Just read in the paper today that Bally's is probably going to go belly up(bankrupt).
    I think they got lost in the shuffle and did not change quickly enough.
    Ric