The gym IS designed for smaller lifters. No singlets allowed, no heavy DB’s, and crappy pop-music from the radio. Anything else “might tempt people to use steroids”. Dont ask me about their logic.
The thing is, I’m a student. Students dont have too much money. The gym I’m working out at is 30 sec of walking from my apartment, and it costs something like $100 for a YEAR. Therefore I’m willing to stay there for a year or two longer, granted I find solutions to problems like these.[/quote]
The only real solution to that problem is to buy your own dumbbells that you can screw into place. That way you can take the empty bar handles into the gym with you.
Where you train is very important. You may have some people claim that it doesn’t matter what everyone around you is doing…and that is utter BS. If you surround yourself with mediocre people, you will make mediocre progress. Their half assed attitudes will eventually rub off on you no matter how motivated you are.
You have much less drive to reach extreme development when everyone around you thinks 150lbs is “extreme” already.
The gym I am training has some big people in it (as in, my size and bigger) and that is much more motivation for me than when I was in a different city and was 50lbs bigger than just about everyone else.
In other words, what is easiest for you right now may not be what allows you to make the most progress. I would drive to a gym further out if it meant being around people who are actually trying to achieve something significant.