I wasn't sure where to put this so I decided to stick it in the off-topic area. The gym I just started going to (and the only one I have access to) has no squat rack! I did bodyweight training for a while and while it produced decent results I just had to get back to the iron.
A few months ago my parents (I'm 16) had signed up my family and made us members of some YMCA 'fitness facility'. When I found out it had a weight room I decided to check it out.
Their 'weight room' is basically composed of: 30+ treadmills, 15-20 ellipticals, 10-15 stationary bikes, a hell of a lot of weight lifting machines, and a tiny spot set apart for free weights including dumb bells up to 100* or so, a couple of benches, a couple of weight plates and that's it.
Their weight room is composed of bloody cardio machines. The free weights area is something like 15 feet by 25 feet (I think) and is covered with so many benches and random lifters doing curls in front of a huge mirror that I can't even clean the weight into a squatting position.
When I asked a personal trainer (by the way the personal trainers I saw were all really tiny, none looked like they had ever lifted a weight in their life) where the squat rack was (perhaps hidden in the mess of machines and treadmills, she pointed at a smith machine (why me?!?!?).
So I've been there a couple of times and the only guy I've ever seen that looked like he lifted weights was doing upper body work (who knows maybe it was just upper body work for that day) but he also had no legs worth mentioning.
Can anyone please give me some suggestions as to how I'm ever going to squat? No cleaning it off the floor also as I'm pretty sure they consider it too 'dangerous' to be doing (I'm pretty sure that they consider oly lifts a no-no...).
This is the only gym I have access to unless I want to invest my summer earnings (2 grand or so form construction) into a home gym but I'll be moving out in 2 yrs for uni. All advice is appreciated!