I can tell you why I like my gym better than any gym I've ever been to. First, they have a huge range of equipment - rock climbing walls, pilates equipment, a rope climbing machine, a ladder apparatus that you climb at a 45 degree angle, jump ropes, punching bags, yoga mats, dowels, one of those things you see Chuck Norris on in infomercials, medicine balls, this ridiculous platform that vibrates, kettlebells, dumbells, platforms to jump on, a machine you sit on and twist with, hanging arm braces for doing leg/ab work, inversion tables, individual fans for each teadmill, a long ladder hanging from the ceiling you can swing from like a first grader, these funny rubber band things that attach to the wall using ball bearings, and a ton of other fun stuff. Oh yeah - and the regular gym equipment. It's like Gymboree there for Christ's sake, and of course I enjoy a bit of variety in my workouts. Shouldn't it be fun?
Second, the people who work there are awesome. I love my trainer, and the front desk girl who always smiles and chats a bit before my trainer comes out.
Third, the classes. They love to structure people's workouts, and show them new cool stuff. And it makes all the difference in the world.
Fourth, the locker room with non-high school lockers, and every soap, lotion, toothpaste, and other hygiene supply known to man. It's also immaculate.
Fifth, the division into a ton of rooms randomly located up stairs, and around corners. It makes it fun.
Sixth, the really cool snack bar. Where they make real food, from real things that don't have the words "power", "mega", or "hydroxy" in them. And the cute guy who works there.
Seventh, the fact that it's a very ecofriendly gym, with lots of power minimization features. I think the stationary bikes actually put power back into the grid . . .
Eighth, the cute guy who winked at me as I watched him put on a shirt over the most amazing set of abs I've ever seen on a live human being.
Ninth, their filtered, chilled water. One of Austin's few downfalls is its poor tapwater, and they do something about it.
Tenth, the awesome music. I heard the Talking Heads, Leonard Cohen, Aretha Franklin, The Flaming Lips, and David Bowie all in one workout. Not a trace of that thump-thump hyperactive glowstick dance remix bullshit.
Eleventh - it's never crowded!
I am in love with my gym. I get sad thinking that if one day I leave Austin in the distant future, I will almost certainly never find as cool a gym wherever else I go. I hope you find one you love as much as I love mine!