Why gyms suck (and what to do about it)
I belong to a well known globo gym and it sucks.
It caters to people that aren’t fit and probably never will be.
It has a pizza day every second Tuesday of the month.
You drop a weight on the floor or dress like a body-builder and they set off what they call the “lunker” alarm.
I think their business model is to keep you unfit so you keep paying your membership each month and chasing the fitness carrot. It prides itself on being against judging others yet the staff walks around with a clipboard picking random people to “teach” them how to use the machines and work their “core”.
Why did you walk up to me? Do I look like I need help? WTF?
I’ve been lifting weights for around ten years now. I mountain bike about 30-40 miles a week during the non-winter months. I also walk about 5 miles a day. You’d think I would look lean and mean (well I do look mean) but I’m probably struggling with bad genetics.
Many join gyms as a New Year’s resolution, get serious about fitness for a few months, and then ultimately quit going to the gym.
I’ve never found myself being uncomfortable in a gym. I know how to lift and what equipment to use (and not use).
However there are many things that I simply cannot stand that drive me crazy:
- People not wiping their sweat and funk off the equipment after using it
- Watching a person that has no clue how to lift use a piece of equipment wrong
- Someone staring at me when I’m using the SuperSlow method
- People using the eliptical machines backwards
- People loitering
- People in jeans on the treadmills
- Young guys lifting way too much weight
- People trying to do Crossfit in the globo gym
- People on exercise bikes
- People on treadmills
- People using light-weights and lifting really quickly
- People in the circuit area not doing circuit training
- People that ask to “cut in” when you are in the middle of a set
- People that stop and stare at the TV’s
- People working out
After writing that list, I began to see a trend – I don’t like people.
So what is one to do?
Don’t get me wrong I love what the gym has to offer. I get access to equipment that I don’t have at home. But when you throw in the people and the things above, it quickly loses its luster.
Unfortunately we don’t have what I call a real gym in my town. I don’t mean Crossfit. I mean something along the lines of an extreme gym – ropes, chains, tires, sledgehammers, etc. A place to get strong with like minded people. I think that’s how the Crossfit craze got started but it seems to me that it’s very competitive and way too trendy.
I’ve belonged to the following gyms – Gold’s Gym, Answer is Fitness, Forecourt, YMCA, Jet Fitness, Snap Fitness, and everything in between. Not a single one satisfied my expectation of what a real gym should be.
Maybe I have seen Pumping Iron too many times.
So if you are like me and can’t stand going to the gym, why not consider creating a home gym? Something entirely different. Something very functional and extremely fun.
In a future post, I’ll talk about my home gym and how you might be able to create something similar.