Man elliot, I feel the same way. A new gym opened up near my house a few months back and they advertised how they spent over $1 million to get the place up and running. I take the tour through there and there’s no cage, squat rack or even what I would consider to be a high quality barbell.
It’s just a bunch of convoluted machines, overpriced treadmills, fancy locker rooms with glass sinks and marble countertops, hardwood floors and cheapo cap barbells that felt like they would bend with anything more than 315 loaded on them. I was speechless.
Even if you’re not a ``hardcore’’ lifter I can’t imagine anyone who knows anything about proper fitness would be comfortable in this place. I just don’t understand who these gyms are designed for.
All I kept thinking was `$1 million for this?’ what really steams me is that every gym is becoming the same. There is no differentiation anymore. It used to be that every major city had a few really fancy places, a few middle of the road type of fitness centers, the YMCA’s and then a few hole-in-the-wall gyms.
Now, every gym wants to be all highbrow so they all just spend cash installing overpriced machines and flat screen tvs over the cardio equipment and sit back and wait for the memberships to roll in. it’s insanity. I finally completed my home gym in January and I couldn’t be happier.
I workout at home, sometimes I fell like I would like to go to a public gym to use some extra equipment or for a change of pace.
I have checked out the only 3 gyms anywhere close to me and 1 had no squat rack or powerrack, one had a smith machine and one did have a powerrack but they told me I wouldnt be allowed to deadlift in it (only possible place to deadlift in that tiny place.)
How the hell do people pay 40 bucks a month for a crappy bench some machines and dumbells that go up to 90lbs? WTF?
Shouldn’t a gym be required to have a power rack or squat rack? Where the hell are these people supposed to do their barbell curls?
Gyms in general are very poorly equipped…Louie Simmons wrote an article titled “What a gym really needs” and it highlights the basics a powerlifting gym has. T
he huge commercial gym where i train apparantly has nearly a million pounds worth of equipment(lots of cardio crap) yet virtually nothing Louie Simmons recommends. This makes me sad. As soon as i have a spare ?5,000 im maing my own gym.
I did figures using EliteFTS as my equipment supplier and ?5,000 would buy an awesome set up.
How do commercial gyms AND nearly all their clients go so fucking wrong!
Man im jealous!lol. What have you got in your home gym?