My gym’s gone through a lot of changes since I first started there about 9 years ago. Back then, there were more powerlifters chalking up and just bigger guys there in general. As the neighborhood changed, so did the gym. It’s definitely become more of a yuppy fitness center.
Really nice people, not a lot of attitude, but no one there is really putting up big numbers or has an inspirational physique. Now, at 225lbs, I’m one of the 5 biggest guys in the place.
Over the last year they have also changed out equipment. Gone is the decline bench and the t-bar row. Some not-so-great machines have taken their place. There is no power rack. There is one squat rack. The DBs only go up to 120.
Now, I’m not a believer that you need a lot of equipment to get a good workout. This place certainly has most of the basics. Sure I wish they would bring the old stuff back and get heavier DB’s, but I’ve made a lot of progress with what is there.
So, my question is, how much of your results do you attribute to the environment you work out in. Does training around guys who are better than you make you strive to get that much better? Does having plate-loaded machines rather than some Life Fitness crap really effect your workouts?
I’d love to hear from the experienced guys on this. Every gym has it’s drawbacks, but how related is/was your gym experience to your results? Does the external as much of a factor in pushing harder than internal drive?