Corporate box gyms are setting new members up for failure!
I think everyone should have a little more insight when dealing with these people.
So, I've written a semi-rant to educate those who are being taken advantage of by these big box gym full of stuff no one needs.
When you walk into a big box gym; you’re greeted by a pretty girl with a smile, who hands you a form to fill out. Then one of the gym membership sales “gentlemen” comes over and takes you on a tour.
He then explains that you'll never have to wait on a piece of cardio, because they have so many, and that they will be able to accommodate all of your needs without any hassles.
In truth, what you need is a lifestyle change, and not another gym membership, but he doesn't care about that; he simply wants your money.
Then he sits you down at the desk and goes into his pitch: “Ok so here's the deal, if you sign today you'll get this much, if you walk out now you'll pay way more.”
While your thinking about whether or not you can actually even afford the monthly cost, he then informs you that in order to get that rate you will be locked into a contract for 2 years…
Or conveniently forgets to provide you with that detail.
That's a long time. Who knows what could happen in 2 years.
The thing that he definitely won't tell you is that if for whatever reason you go through some financial hardship, THEY'RE STILL GOING TO CHARGE YOU.
Big box gyms are notorious for this; they lock people into long contracts by giving them a super low price, and when you need some help… they're no where to be found. Don't fall prey to these shady cutthroat salesmen.
Stay educated and know what you're getting into.
Once you've signed up the next thing you will have to deal with is figuring out what equipment you will need to use to get results.
Just try some walking lunges in a weight room around 6 pm; it's nearly impossible.
It's usually swarming with regulars. Most of the time these regular members aren't even working out…
They're chattin' it up like it's a nightclub, but it's not…
It's a gym.
It’s a place where people are supposed to come and improve their physical capabilities, health and wellness, and thus their entire lives.
Good luck expecting members to clean up after themselves and re-rack their weights.
This was my biggest pet peeve when I worked for a corporate facility.
I would watch countless "swole" dudes get on a bench, load the bar with six 45 lb. plates, do a couple reps, then move on to the next piece of equipment, load that one up too and leave it all the same.
This cycle would continue for hours, and it always left the next person with a full workout just getting all that weight off the bar.
I don't know about you, but I hate having to do more work than I need to (especially while working out).
Wherever you decide to improve your body, make sure you do it in a place that you feel comfortable.
You don't have to join GLOBO GYM(Dodgeball reference - love that movie) to change your life. You can workout in your home, at the park, or join a summer sports league.
Whatever you choose to do, and wherever you go, just be sure you're happy with the changes you earn, and that you’re taking you’re health, fitness, and life in the direction YOU desire.
What do you think about box gyms? Are they Good or Bad? Let me know in the comments below.
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7/24/2013 01:28:48 pm
I dislike working out in a gym. I hate the fact that when it's convenient for me to go, like you said, it's swarming with people. I feel like I'm getting a much better work out when it's dead. I stay focused, switching machines quickly; I don't have someone staring at me, waiting to use the machine. I also dislike the sales aspect of it. It's all about that commission check!
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