Is a Squat Rack worth signing a long contract?

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    Sep 17, 2009 1:03 PM GMT
    There's a new 24 hour gym opening up near me, [url]http://www.anytimefitness.com.au[url]. They're much the same as my old gym, except:

    They have a Squat Rack (My current gym has none)
    They have a 12 month contract (My current gym is 1 month only)
    They're $19.80 / fortnight (My current gym is $24.95)
    They've got 1200+ locations worldwide... But only 4 in my state and one in my city, right next to my house but still (My current gym has 12 within my city alone).

    So, I'm tossing up the benefits. I believe I'm going to continue going to the gym on a nearly daily basis for the rest of my life, so the long-term contract isn't a huge deal, except that it removes flexibility (And there's no need for a contract, really).

    I'd really appreciate a squat rack, but don't know what else I need to consider... Do you guys often use different gyms? What's important, equipment-wise (All the machines are by Hammer at this new gym) to you? Anything else I should think about?
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    Sep 17, 2009 3:47 PM GMT
    Not sure if there's one particular thing about a gym that would make me a customer. For me, it's a combination of things like variety of equipment, cleanliness, the type of people that go there (gym rats vs social butterflies), fees, the helpfulness of the staff, and so on. I only have membership at one gym, but they have multiple locations within my city, and beyond. Some guys I know have 2 or 3 gym memberships, for whatever reason.

    I think you just need to think about what's more important to you. I think it's pretty awesome that the new gym is right next to your house. But having only one location in your city could mean that it would be always crowded. But I would imagine that they would build more locations over time, to compete with the other established gyms in your city.
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    Sep 17, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    Many factors do go in, yes. However, as far as putting together a strength training program, squats are pretty essential, IMO.
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    Sep 17, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    In my opinion, a squat rack alone- wouldn't be the sole reason they'd get my money . . . just me.
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    Sep 17, 2009 4:18 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo7 saidMany factors do go in, yes. However, as far as putting together a strength training program, squats are pretty essential, IMO.
    Yep.
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    Sep 17, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    Quadlex saidThere's a new 24 hour gym opening up near me, [url]http://www.anytimefitness.com.au[url]. They're much the same as my old gym, except:

    They have a Squat Rack (My current gym has none)
    They have a 12 month contract (My current gym is 1 month only)
    They're $19.80 / fortnight (My current gym is $24.95)
    They've got 1200+ locations worldwide... But only 4 in my state and one in my city, right next to my house but still (My current gym has 12 within my city alone).

    So, I'm tossing up the benefits. I believe I'm going to continue going to the gym on a nearly daily basis for the rest of my life, so the long-term contract isn't a huge deal, except that it removes flexibility (And there's no need for a contract, really).

    I'd really appreciate a squat rack, but don't know what else I need to consider... Do you guys often use different gyms? What's important, equipment-wise (All the machines are by Hammer at this new gym) to you? Anything else I should think about?


    As a software developer you likely have a decent income. As a software developer and by reading your profile, you almost certainly should strive for a balance with more physical activity. What's important to me, or to the other folks here, really is inconsequential to your equation, unless you require the approval of the pack in your decision making process. It's up to you to decide what's important to YOU, and how to allocate your own resources. I have three different gyms I train at. One is $64.90, one is $32.39, and the other is free. It's all up to you, and how you want to spend your money and time. Video game, or gym? That's your decision. Do you need a squat rack to achieve your goals? What are your goals? Do you want a squat rack just to say you have access to one? If you have a squat rack, will you use it? Those are questions that only YOU can answer within YOUR decision making process. Pack involvement is not required.

    You said, "I go to work, I come home, I cook food that's way too elaborate and then I play video games." Are you wanting to change your life style to now incorporate a squat rack into it? Your profile says you only work out 3 days a week. Will you use the squat rack on one of those three days? Do you plan on using the gym membership, after making a contractual commitment to it?

    It's for YOU to decide your priorities.