I am a Gym Rat. I LOVE my gym, 24 Hour Fitness. I have my own little pack of gym rat friends and we socialize in 3-5 minute increments between sets, passing from the treadmill to the ab area or in the sauna if we are stretching.
The gym is a SUPER SPORT gym, which is fancy for “pay an extra $25/mo. to workout here.” But it is soooo worth it. The equipment is new and bright and shiny. There’s a Kids’ Club were I can deposit my wee ones for 2 hours per day while I sweat. (I usually just exercise before the kids wake up, but it’s nice to have this option available.) There is an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.
Honestly, when I first joined the gym at size 14 I didn’t even exercise. I just liked all the fluffy spa-like things. But now the gym is like a comfy sneaker. It’s where I lost all the weight. It’s where I practiced bikini poses for the first time. It’s where I discovered that strength is as much a mental thing as a muscle thing. Of course I love my gym!
Now I go to two gyms, actually, since my trainer moved to MetroFlex. MetroFlex is a hardcore gym for competitive bodybuilders. They blare music with lyrics like, “Ima pop that p**sy” (what does that even mean?…Please don’t tell me!) But the people there are really committed to the sport and very knowledgeable about training. No one there reads on a treadmill. Ever. There is nothing fluffy or spa-like. There isn’t even heat or air conditioning! But I get the feeling that the closer I get to the competition the more I will like this gym because it will match my mindset.
How about you? Where is your favorite place to workout?
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