I’ve worked in a “fitness” gym for years. We had plenty of BB weights, not quite enough DB weight (largest was 120lbs) and every imaginable piece of isolated machine and cardio gadgetry you could imagine. They just bought a couple of bikes that have a video game console where you ride through 3-D computer animated rides and compete against other virtual riders that input their data from the gym. It’s all terribly entertaining.
But the best workouts I ever had was in a small dungeon gym in my home town. It had mats and wood floors, one fan, no heat, and the only isolated machine type of things were a leg extension, leg curl, and cable crossover. Other than that it was metallic-smelling plates that became damp with condensation at nightfall…worn olympic bars where baby smoothness had replaced knurling…and mirrors fogged with the stench of iron battles. The kind of place where the one owner tossed you the key and told you to lock up because he wanted to go home early.
In other words, it was fucking awesome.
So yes you need equipment to suit your needs. But as important as that, you need a proper attitude for your goals. If you only want to gain some muscle and go a bit of cardio then where you are is fine.
But if you get “bit by the bug” and want intensity and focus and in my opinion, more fun…be careful before you sign some multi-year contract. Because you might start to get irritated at the pilates classes and BOSU balls in the long haul. Exercise by its nature is WORK and it should not be pretty, or comfortable, or entertaining (in the traditional sense, I happen to find hard work damn entertaining).
For some reason, many places try to disguise the “ugly” nature of exercise to make it more attractive to lazy people that will be put off by hard work so they will spend their money. So weightlifters are herded to the back rooms, the floors are carpeted and acclimated to a nice temperature, machines gleam instead of groan, and LUNK alarms blare at the very existence of effort. If you like to work and understand how real training looks and feels, this can be irritating.
Hell, I don’t even know what we are talking about, I got off on a rant. Dammit now I want to change gyms
Oh, and that little awesome hell-in-the-wall in my hometown? Yeah, of course it closed down years ago.