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2014/10/03 10:11:21 (permalink)
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What's your gym like?

What sort of gym do you train at?
 
Are you happy there?

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    gavin882
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 10:21:13 (permalink)
    https://www.google.co.uk/…/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4871d0…
     
    This is my gym only been open 1 year on Monday just gone its not the biggest of gyms 2 floors 3 rooms with 33 different machines all Hammer strength we got incline decline & flat benches 8 different leg machines, 7 different chest machines 7 different back machines & d.bells up to 50k. Open all year round so far any way.
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 10:25:49 (permalink)
    i'm at pure and it has most of what i need. i've got the benefit of having 3 local to my home and/or work and we use the one in manchester city centre (15 minute drive away) for legs as it's massive and has loads of plates for the leg press and a synthetic tyre to do tyre flipping and then for farmers walks. my local one has a leg press but no where near enough 25kg plates - the first and last time we did legs there we had people complaining (not bragging here - they are really short on plates).
     
    it's 24 hours a day, £17 a month and clean. at my local (gorton, manchester) there's no d*ckheads because they just don't last long. there's a regular lot who all know each other and get on.
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 10:28:35 (permalink)
    Commercial chain - Virgin Active.
     
    Reasonably happy.  I'd like more strongman style training equipment to use, but you're unlikely to find that at a commercial gym.  The fact that it is pretty close to where I work, some of the PT's who work and train there are great and it is a good environment to train in is a compromise for the lack of toys.
     
     
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 10:46:23 (permalink)
    Private gym.
     
    Love the place. Has so much kit you never struggle. All the kit of a hardcore gym, but in a nicer cleaner setting.
     
    The owner has his own put together music channel, lot of trance and house music.
     
    About 70 machines, 3 barbell benches, 4 for dumbbells that go up to 70kg, smith, squat rack, few cable machines, private gym for the women who don't want to go into the main area.
     
    Me n my mrs pay 42 quid for a joint membership. Its open 365 days a year too.
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 10:48:26 (permalink)
    Small rec centre weights room affair. Run by Solent Uni. Decent overall as long as its not too busy. They let me and a few friends keep a decent barbell out back. Which is good as their barbells aint good!

    Also do one night sess a week at a Pure gym. Its 'functional' area has, somewhat ironically, a better rack, bench and barbell than main weights area. Its quiet there at the time I go there so can set up shop in the rack and get my work done without bother. Cheap WL spec bar isnt great for PL but gets the job done!

    Would love there to be a good strength orientated gym within distance of me, but alas not.
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 11:07:44 (permalink)
    Fitness first in my local town centre.

    In all honesty it suits my needs and I'd struggle to complain (but I do, frequently:)
     
    • Very local to work & home (absolutely paramount for me).
    • £30 a month 
    • DB's heavier than I'd ever need
    • Half rack, Squat rack, Smith
    • 3 Fixed position benches (flat/inc/dec)
    • Guys bigger and stronger than me to motivate me (I always prefer training around people 'better')
    • Busyness when I train is fine, enough to not be lonely but never real queues for kit
    • Plenty of decent cardio machines when I'm that way inclined
    • A nice variety of people, including some pretty girls
    • Steam/Sauna rooms (I only used them once though but I like the idea)
    • Big and styled well enough to not be crowded, but small and warm enough to be a decent environment 
     
    Some times I'd like to go back to a spit n sawdust type place, but I'm not sure it'd make me any happier 
     
     
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 11:17:10 (permalink)
    its o.k. i'd prefer a quieter or larger gym, it gets busy so sometimes have to change a workout to suit whats available.
     
    its the best of a bad bunch locally though

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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 11:21:02 (permalink)
    Yates' Temple Gym Birmingham. leave there filthy dirty covered in orange rust from the plates but i wouldnt have it any other way. love the place.
     
    truly is a dungeon in there, go in work hard and leave.
     
    tried the health clubs and all the techno gym stuff but all too corporate and 'clean' for me.
     
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 11:21:22 (permalink)
    small independent gym with no chain.
     
    owner is a tosser and fitness freak, spends loads on brand new spinning equipment yet us weights lads
    sit in a small room cramped in with 3-4th hand equipment that the centre bolts are constantly coming loosing and im re-tightening myself before training every morning
    (will really hurt somebody oneday as ive been on curling bar curling 50kg and oneside was heavy i noticed so lay it down and bolt had fallen out one end and bhad almost let the end fall of with weights attached!
    imagen how quick that would have come up and hit me in the chops!) and some some dumbells that we only have one of 
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 12:10:38 (permalink)
    I left the Navy in april I miss the gym...
     
    At home I was training in Body building gym. The equipment was old but solid. Then they got rid if the squat rack and replaced it with this dodgey stand... wasn't impressed. Then they started playing dance music loud as they could. they seem to always be decorating. So I started looking for somewhere else.
    My better half joined a chain gym £20 a month so I went along. it was okay clean lots of equipment.
    DB only go up to 45kg. There's other two bodybuilding gym in town that id rather train at but onces ran but a dick who only cares about his click and the other has no free parking.
     

     
     
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 12:33:42 (permalink)
    Just switched to a good friend of mine's gym and loving it. It's much smaller than DWs but such a nice crowd, really decent kit and bars.

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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 12:41:48 (permalink)
    Heros gym in Kings Lynn. Decent hammer strength equipment and run by good bunch of people. Moving to bigger premises next week with more equipment and cafe. One annoying thing is in the morning it's a bit of a mess due to plates and Dumbbells left everywhere.
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 12:52:55 (permalink)
    I am between gyms at the moment.  The one I just left I had trained at since about 1993 and worked in some capacity since about 2004/5.  Also it was the hub of my social life as most of my friends were from that circle anyway. 
     
    I was extremely happy there, but lately (last 3-4 years) the dynamic of gyms has changed, not just this particular gym, but generally it seemed that the kind of folks that would have hung around wasting time in bowling alleys, arcades, pubs etc. started wasting time in gyms instead.  This is on top of the 'normal people' which we had seen start using gyms in the previous few years!   
     
    Our place seemed to lose its 'spit and sawdust', Exercise balls replaced the Strongman equipment,  Blu roll dispensers and anti-bac sprays replaced the chalk buckets, Plate loading machines were replaced by shiny Hammer strength selectorised stuff. Nice and shiny, but something about it just feels wrong.
     
    Of course I can't blame the management, you have to go where the money is. 
     
    I think the compounding factor for me was  realising I hadn't trained for nearly a year, and had not trained with any passion for about 5 years!   So I decided to get out, both on a personal and a work level.   Initially I decided I was going to give gyms a break, but then once I jumped I realised I'd already effectively had a 5 year break, So I went and joined another local gym -  having been in the business for 20 years of course I saw a lot of friendly faces that I already knew, and that in itself gave me a kick up the ass. I have had a few of the best workouts I can remember at the knew place ..... but then you always train harder in different gyms don't you? 
     
       The new place is great, Friendly, well kitted out, well stocked, well kept,  no time wasters, no ego's despite some excellent physiques. in fact apart from the strongman equipment it reminds me of the old place before things went sour! Hopefully I'll stay here.
     
    For me, it seems I prefer the places to be not too big and successful,  which is difficult as such places aren't really sustainable. 
     
     
     

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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 13:15:48 (permalink)
    Interesting Z - is that one of the reasons that you have been posting less on here? What are you doing for work now that you have left your old gym?
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 13:17:07 (permalink)
    My gym is provided in my work, eleiko bars and weghts, nice racks, DBs up to 50kg. Loads of tarty cardio stuff too if thats your thing. 
     
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 13:24:23 (permalink)
    My gym is shocking, i go to 'The Gym' in Southampton City Centre and it is ****. Full of skinny little guys strutting round, posing in mirrors and making girls feel uncomfortable. Far too much cardio equipment and nowhere near enough weight. If its busy (which it is all the time unless you go at 11pm).Dumbells only go up to 30kg which is annoying because theres only one squat rack. Many of the members (usually the rude skinny arseholes) spend copious amounts of time talking to everyone they can whilst sat on a bench or piece of equipment thats in demand. Dont get me wrong, some guys in there are in great shape and you can see they are there to work out but 90% just wanna go for a gossip.
     
    To be fair, there are some good sides. Its so cheap (£10.99 a month), no contract, open 24 hours a day and is really clean and well maintained.
     
    Will be moving to Spartans somewhen during this month.
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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 13:36:08 (permalink)
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    Interesting Z - is that one of the reasons that you have been posting less on here? What are you doing for work now that you have left your old gym?




     Pretty much, been a bit detached from the whole thing for a while now.  Not started any full time work yet, helping a few mates out with short term stuff, but as my wife is waiting for a knee op I am going to wait till that is done and dusted before committing to anything permanent. Got a few ideas and a provisional job offer on the table but hopefully it should work out that I can take a break until Xmas, and then start working again in the new year. 
     
    I was aware that I wasn't happy,  but its only since walking away that I can piece it all together and if all for what it is. I am not one to get stressed generally,  but now its all lifted, I realise I was actually very stressed, and feel reborn and stress free again now, major happiness  

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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 13:36:45 (permalink)
    Virgin Active.
     
    I cant stand it , I complain constantly.
    The drinking water is warm, there is always broken equipment and everything apparently has to come from Italy so takes at least 3 weeks to fix and as its cheap Techo gym it breaks constantly. Staff very young and constantly changing,Its very expensive £53 a month
     
    Im only there because 1 it has a pool and I like to swim and 2 I dont have my car anymore and the better gyms like Absalute are just to far to walk.
     
    There are a couple being built now so as soon as there up ill leave Virgin. I will say though ive been to other Virgins that are decent but mine is rubbish im very envious of some of the guys and they gyms on here they use.
     
     



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    Re: What's your gym like? 2014/10/03 13:40:39 (permalink)
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    Interesting Z - is that one of the reasons that you have been posting less on here? What are you doing for work now that you have left your old gym?




     Pretty much, been a bit detached from the whole thing for a while now.  Not started any full time work yet, helping a few mates out with short term stuff, but as my wife is waiting for a knee op I am going to wait till that is done and dusted before committing to anything permanent. Got a few ideas and a provisional job offer on the table but hopefully it should work out that I can take a break until Xmas, and then start working again in the new year. 
     
    I was aware that I wasn't happy,  but its only since walking away that I can piece it all together and if all for what it is. I am not one to get stressed generally,  but now its all lifted, I realise I was actually very stressed, and feel reborn and stress free again now, major happiness  




    Good stuff and good to hear it. Best of luck.
     
    Don't tell us your Reborn though 
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