I left Golds in East Bridgewater about a year ago. Many reasons behind the move but mostly beacuse I was "too radical" for them (I guess). They had a really cool group of powerlifters (BigIron) but the gym really catered to "machine people".
I had worked out of that gym for 8 years and never felt at home. In fact the last straw was my steel dragging sled. About two years ago now, I had my own sled made to my specs; cut, bent, welded drilled etc. Got all the attachments, belts etc. My clients and I were LOVING it, every nice weather day until I was told I had to stop using it. No reason, just STOP! A member later told me that he overheard the owner talking to the resident degreed "athletic coach" about what exactly he thought we were doing and he simply shrugged his shoulders and said "I have no idea". (not to mention that the very catalogs they used to purchase new equipment from sold three versions of the sled!) Time to go!
Anyway, everyone of my clients went with me and I am forever grateful to them for thier support. My business is slowly growing by word of mouth. I just found out that one of my most recent clients lost a dress size in three weeks. And this is a woman with a "bad" knee and a recently torn artery in her neck!