You remember the printed T-mag coupons that you could clip and leave anonymous for the idiots at your gym? We need those for the gym managers, too. I have a suggestion for T-mag that I’d like other readers to contribute to. I want T-mag to write a polite, well-reasoned, influential article directed at the MANAGERS of gyms on what kind of place they ought to run. Seems we all gripe to each other about our gyms, but the managers seldom hear it, or are reluctant to change. So I want T-mag to write the quintessential “how to make your gym better” article that each of us can print and mail anonymously or in person to our gyms.
For example, my gym has these serious flaws: Music. Probably the most common complaint–easy listening dentist’s waiting room music. It doesn’t have to be blood-and-guts metal, but something a little more “up”. So what if there are little old ladies? They joined a GYM–just like WE did.
Hygeine. Naked men leaing against counterfronts, spitting in sauna drains, walking with sweaty bare feet…
Labelled freeweights. Our gym uses disc weights, not preformed iron, but neglects to label them. So you have to search and do math to find and distinguish the 60’s from the 65’s by adding the discs. Use paint to mark the weights, and if possible have a labelled caddy where they can be stowed, instead of a general “tough” rack where they’re all mixed up.
A place for personal item storage other than lockers. we all know that people bring jackets and duffle bags into the weightroom with them. That’s fine–but build a shelf for it. Otherwise, people stack their stuff up on the wrting counter where it sits in the way of people who actually record their workouts on paper.
I think other readers should write suggestions, too, and perhaps T-mag could write an article. I even have a title for it: “What your gym members wish you were doing to improve your gym: An anonymnous guide written to fitness club managers.”