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Why I Love My Gym


#1

I just joined a new gym in the last week, and it's a commercial gym called Lifetime Fitness. Here's some of the things I've seen in my week that I've been there

1) Someone doing Box-Squats
2) Someone doing Overhead Lunges
3) They have a dealift platform
4) One of the trainers is a powerlifter and he trains Westside
5) One of that trainers clients is a 65 year-old lady and she was deadlifting 265 with the purple bands today
6) Many people doing ass-to-grass squats
7) No curling in the squat rack (there are three designated curling stations)

So far, seems like a great place to train.


#2

Where is this life time fitness. We have a lot of that chain in Minnesota, but I don't know about anywhere else. If this really is a MN gym, I might have to check it out. I wonder what the ones in my area are like because I am sick to death of my current "fitness center".
Danny


#3

Where is this life time fitness. We have a lot of that chain in Minnesota, but I don't know about anywhere else. If this really is a MN gym, I might have to check it out. I wonder what the ones in my area are like because I am sick to death of my current "fitness center".
Danny


#4

And they let you join? hehehehe :slight_smile:


#5

I've been at a lifetime now for 7+ years, pretty much when one opened up in our area.

For a commercial gym it's not too bad, i've never been given the stupid look or questions from any staff about my routines there, and yes there are other peeps doing good squats and so on.

I dont see many doing deads, but never had a complaint about it.

You forgot the other bonus, which is childcare included in price. I would hardly be able to workout if not for that.


#6

God bless you for finding such a place. It gives me hope for the world. At least for a little bit.


#7

Because its Westside UK
Thats right Westside have crossed the pond and arrived in England.
So if you are passing through,and want a workout then let me know.
All T-men/Vixen welcome.
Ps,All workouts are Louie approved,so this is the real deal.


#8

Heres why my gym sucks:

1) Nobody doing Box-Squats
2) Nobody doing Overhead Lunges
3) They don't have a dealift platform
4) None of the trainers are powerlifters and trains Westside
5) One of that trainers clients is a 65 year-old lady and she was doing the leg adductor machine today with no purple bands whilst reading Martha Stewart Living
6) No people doing ass-to-grass squats (I've only seen one person other than myself doing squats to parallel or lower, and that was a girl)
7) Lots of curling in the squat rack (there are no designated curling stations)


#9

A good gym is a gift from God. Consider yourself blessed.


#10

2 more reasons my gym sucks:

  1. This morning when I was doing my calf routine, they played a song by Fleetwood Mac. I felt like taking a shower after the song played.

  2. They have a big sign when you enter, toting that "The Soy Bar is Here!!!"


#11

The gym I used to go to was pretty hardcore. Open 24 hours(except on weekends) the only trainer I actually noticed was this "woman" that had the body/voice/face of a man. I only knew it was a woman because one time I saw her wearing a sportsbra, but this was after like 2 years of working out there thinking it was a man. Crazy. There's a dedicated spot for the powerlifters, with reverse hyper machine and deadlift platform, and plenty of 45 lb plates. During the weekdays at around 11 pm this totally hot blonde girl, about 5'3 with NICE big fake tits and a great ass comes in wearing spandex to "workout". Damn, I gotta renew my membership. Definitely worth the $50/month.


#12

When i went to the gym yesterday, I found out that the power rack was broke and that i was going to have to walk my squats out. This is the only decent rack in town, not including my gym i normally go to (luckily this wasnt my "home" gym). The guy next to me was doing what we lovingly refer to as the hillbilly dance and he did one set every 15 minutes. I seriously did every single one of my sets within the time the did 2 sets. And i did 15 sets with 30 seconds rest. Then there was a guy there who i see everytime i go to this particular gym. He must pay the mirror to tell him something different than what it actually says because he wears next to no clothes. I swear he had on boxer briefs with a string tank top and the tank top went below his shorts so it looked like he had on no shorts. And he always wears a hat. He shaves and tans but you couldnt even tell if he works our or not. The amount of people at the gym like this is dumbfounding.


#13

I forgot to mention that this gym also has a glute/ham machine and a reverse hyper machine. Good times.


#14

Ugh.. curls in the squat rack... I want to spear-tackle people who do that at my gym, but it's only happened once.

Here is why I like mine:

  1. It's never crowded, so I can do supersets or alternate in bewteen exercises with little chance of someone crossing my path.

  2. There's two squat racks and hardly anyone uses them. More for me.

  3. I never have to wait for a bench.

  4. They play a good rock station on the radio. Though I'd rather listen to Slayer, Hatebreed, or Strapping Young Lad while I lift, I can deal with Dio, Priest, Maiden, and Sabbath too.

  5. As long as I clean it up, I can use chalk.

  6. I've yet to run into one prick at the gym. Everyone there is super-nice, friendly, and gives off no bad attitude whatsoever.

  7. Staff is always helpful and very knowledgeable.

  8. It's not a chain gym. Independently owned and operated, thank you!

  9. The dumbbells don't stop at 100 lbs. Or 150. I think they go up to 180.

  10. The water pressure in the showers is like standing under a waterfall. Very nice after beating the hell out of myself for an hour or so.


#15

Two squat racks + Smith rack.

Two benches.

Machines are in a separate isolated room.

There is a weight-lifting area with rubber floors and bumper weights.

Dumbells go up to 100lb.

People are generally cool, and I've met several cool guys and only two assholes, one of which was doing squats on a swiss ball.


#16

Squats on a Swiss ball?

Did you ask him why?

I'm curious to know myself.


#17

Coach Davies does front squats on a swiss ball--it's on the cover of his new book.

While I have no interest in the exercise, I think it's funny that everyone gives jpfitness a hard time about them but doesn't say a word to the coach...

:slightly_smiling:


#18

reasons i love my gym.

1) its free

2) i control the music selection.

3) they never notice when i take sports drinks and the like.


#19

You lucky bastard. Just to be able to play Hatebreed in my gym...

Gahhh. That's it, I quit.


#20

180 lb. dumbbells is crazy.