the new realjock article is dumb

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    Jan 06, 2009 1:06 PM GMT
    So here's the article:

    "what gym you choose really matters to your chances of success"

    *** Not really. What matters is a little bit of knowledge and lot of HARD WORK.

    "You should take a look around the gym and get a sense of how much effort goes into making it a place where you'd like to spend time. Is it dirty? It should be obviously well-maintained and clean."

    *** The gym shouldn't be a fucking tea party. Go watch Pumping Iron.

    "Do the machines have split or fraying cables? Is the upholstery on them cracked?"

    *** Who gives a shit. You want to get in shape? Then do squats, deadlifts, presses, etc, not tricep kick-backs with cables or whatever.

    "Are the staff friendly when you walk in? Is there a positive customer service experience overall?"

    *** Are you there to talk about the weather, or move some fucking iron?

    "Ask for the qualifications of the instructors and personal training staff—are they appropriately certified?"

    *** Who gives a shit about certifications. You think Arnold was certified? If you don't know how to train, then educate yourself; it's not rocket science.

    "The staff also should not be trying to sell you supplements"

    *** OK, fair enough.

    "With these tips, and a checklist in hand, you are all set to go into any gym as a savvy consumer."

    *** Yeah, here's your checklist: Barbell. Squat rack. Bench. Dipping and chinning stations.

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    Jan 06, 2009 2:54 PM GMT

    Hey Coolrabbit! It's been awhile!

    The article has its merits. A poorly operated and maintained gym is going to turn me off, and did. I used to go to Riviera Fitness until the mid 80s - then they closed the North Van gym because of a continuous measles outbreak traced back to the gym and its pool. Then the other Vancouver ones closed. Measles again. Makes you wonder how the hell that happened. Yech. I caught measles too. It was bad bad bad.

    From then on the great outdoors was my only gym. Less opportunities to catch something....


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    Jan 06, 2009 2:56 PM GMT
    Then why do you need a gym?
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    Jan 06, 2009 3:39 PM GMT
    I don't think the article is bad at all. Maybe for you it was, but not everyone. A lot of the points they made were probably directed at gym newbies or people that need motivation to get to the gym. In that respect, I can easily see why their suggestions would be helpful.

    Losing weight and getting into shape is a difficult prospect for me. I'm really good at a ton of things, but not nutrition and fitness knowledge. I don't have the time to research all the ins and outs of what works and what doesn't. That's why I pay to go to a gym that I'm comfortable at and use a personal trainer. They have the knowledge and experience that I don't. So, I make use of their skills. It's the same reason people hire me to design their house for them - they either don't have the knowledge or time to do it themselves.

    When I was most successful in working out, my gym met all of the "qualifications" in the article. So, I think the article hit all the major points spot on for me at least.
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    Jan 06, 2009 3:40 PM GMT
    There was a gym near here that had an increasingly run-down look, with inadequate maintenance & cleaning, equipment looking worn, etc. And then it went out of business in a single day, when the county sheriff arrived with an eviction notice, chased everyone out, and padlocked the doors.

    A gym's physical appearance isn't just about it being a "tea party" but a potential sign of its financial health, a concern in today's economy. Not that a brand new shiny place can't go bust, either, but I'd have more concern if the place was in decline and falling apart.
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    Jan 06, 2009 4:11 PM GMT
    You aren't just working out - I doubt...
    Your aim (I would think) is also to be Healthy.

    As the article denotes, a crap gym is probably poorly run, not maintained, has delapidated equipment and a worthless staff.
    Which equates to higher risk of injury, germs, head-ache, frustration, unusable equipment (that never seems to get repaired) all at YOUR expense and when you quit, they will probably continue to make you pay...

    But if all you need is the work out, sweat and grunts... get a solid set of weights, a bench, dumbells and replace the clutter with that's in your garage and go for it (and save the $$$$).

    Regardless, here's to health, fit bodies and a good sweat in the New Year.

    And to all the new comers last night at my gym...
    Thanks for takin up ALL of the parking and using the gym as your new social hangout!!! Get out the friggin doorways and move your converstaion from infront of the equipment!!! Damn!
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    Jan 06, 2009 4:24 PM GMT
    Has anyone ever worked out at one of those small neighborhood crappy gyms? Yeah, they were throwbacks to the Jack laLane ers. The equiipment wasn't shiny and new and maybe there wasn't even a shower area.

    But the workouts were intense, and the guys were all studly sexy men. Great memories...........