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Gym is not for me

Monday, February 15, 2016

I signed up for a 2-week trial at a nearby gym. I had fun at the personalized training sessions, but on Saturday I went to my first "standard" workout session. If I were to join the gym, the majority of my workouts would have to be in these standard "large group" formats.

The Saturday session is designed for people who are new to the gym (like me), or older (also like me) or are unfit, or are recovering from an injury. So by definition, that workout was probably easier than the "real" standard workout sessions. Based on that workout, this gym is not for me.

There is no doubt that I got a good workout. I can definitely feel it, especially in my lower back, butt and hamstrings. But I got hurt in a collision with another member, mostly because of the crowded, large-group format and the chaos of having 30+ people doing a fast-paced relay-type race, with floor work and swinging kettlebells thrown into the mix. I didn't get hurt bad, and I'm fully recovered now, but it could certainly have been much worse. The guy I collided with was much (MUCH) larger than me. It happened near the end of the workout, and of course we were both getting tired and not paying enough attention to where we were in relation to each other - but there will be the potential for that at EVERY large group workout. And with only 2 trainers trying to keep their eye on 30+ people to make sure everyone is using the correct form; well, the risk of injury is just too great. I don't want to get hurt. I want to improve my fitness, gain strength, balance and flexibility. This gym does not help me safely achieve those goals.

I've got 2 more sessions for personalized training if I want them. I'm not sure if I want to bother, since I've now got no intention of joining this gym. I suppose I should go; I'll probably learn something new. But ultimately this gym is not for me.

Probably no gym is for me... I do well working out at home, but I'm not pushing myself hard enough on my own. I've reached a level of fitness and I'm staying the same and not really improving. I have to figure out how to push myself harder so that I'll improve my fitness.
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    My son wants to start a come to your home personal training business. I think a lot of people-for the reasons you mention-would like it. Just curious-would you try something like that? ( not trying to drum up business -he doesn't even have one, yet!)
    1686 days ago
    I don't know, but they seem to accommodate those who aren't hard core, which would appeal to me.
    1798 days ago
    Due to the cancellation of My FAVE Step Class last month...I've found a New home at a Rec Center about 6 miles from where I live...It is AWESOME... Tons of Classes for Both Younger & Older Folks, 2 pools, Friendly, Helpful, People!
    I still belong to SnapFitness here in town too...and of coarse with SPRING coming YEA! I can Walk about town when the weather cooperates!!!
    Not Sure if YOU have Rec Centers near You.. They are City Run Organizations...
    Good Luck!
    1798 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/15/2016 9:22:46 AM
    good luck!
    I have my own gym at home set up in the spare bedroom with all the equipment I need- no sweaty smelly gym crowds doe me!
    1798 days ago
    I feel the same way as you.... i do not know if u have a planet fitness in your area but i love it..... no one telling you what to do ..no large groups and work at ur own pace... try it out
    1798 days ago
    Good luck
    1798 days ago
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