Why are public gyms so popular?
I've never really understood why public gyms are so popular, when you can set up a good basic weight-room at your residence for under $300.
I would personaly find all the other people and noise distracting and annoying, amoung other things.
I'm just curious, what's the appeal?
Some people don't have room for their own gym. And I bet a lot of people think it's more expensive than it is. All you really need is a good rack, a bench and a barbell and you can do pretty much anything. After that you can add some DBs and stuff for more options. When I get my own house, I'm definitely building a home gym.
I just use a bench and a pair of dumbbells for most of what I do, though I still use a barbell for one exercise.
If I were to go out and buy all of it again, it'd probably cost about $250, and most of that would be the weight plates.
I couldn't even put a good squat rack in my house for $300, let alone an oly bar and full oly weight stack.
My adjustable bench was $180 with a discount for knowing the store owner's son.
If I were to get the equipment I'd want/need to train the way I do - which would only require a power rack, bench, 20kg olympic barbell and appropriate weights - it could still easily cost $1-2,000. Here's an example to demonstrate my point: Monster Rack - Force USA
I could buy that, have to worry about cleaning/maintenance and finding a suitable space for the equipment in my home and find myself almost completely unmotivated to use it (I find having to go somewhere to train actually makes me train more consistently, while home routines easily go in the trasher almost instantly as a default setting for them), or I could spend significantly less on gym membership in the short term (it would probably take a few years for gym membership to add up to $2000), actually use the gym's facilities consistently, and enjoy the company of some friends there who I probably wouldn't see much of outside of the gym.
Ryan - D.Fitness. SQ 2x150kg - BP 95kg - DL 190kg - OHP 60kg
xerxes is right i hate waiting for machines to be ready besides most people dont train anyway when there there. god forbid i was a member of a gym that didnt allow deadlifts.AAAAAAGH!!!
Benefits of my YMCA (US) membership:
- Use 25 yard pool
- incline bench
- flat bench
- squat rack
- smith machine
- pull up bar
- dip bar
- every size dumbbell I could imagine (I don't use the pink ones or anything over 80#)
- barbells and weights
- various cable machines
- stationary bikes
(although I rarely use the latter)
That's a lot of stuff to buy and store. Granted, you can get by without a lot of this stuff, but I like the diversity of equipment. As for waiting times, unless you are using a treadmill at 5 - 6 pm, I never have much of a waiting time.
- spinning classes
- elliptical (although I rarely use this)
- able to use other YMCA gyms when I travel which is 2 - 3x /month.
- And maybe most importantly, as Johnny mentioned, hot girls!
To me it's a no-brainer: YMCA for me.
I find it is a motivational thing, mostly. I have a pretty good gym in my basement at home, but every time I tried to workout there, I would get distracted and never accomplish much. Once I go to all the trouble of getting dressed and driving to the gym, I am pretty focused and can push myself. Plus, I have made a lot of good friends and business contacts at the gym over the years.
Many reasons I joined a gym!
1. The cardio machines, I have acess to a chain of gyms and have acess to a variety of machines, if I were to buy one myself it'd cost me well over £100 (well more then I pay a month) and it'd not be anywhere near as study. Having looked up the machines my gym has it would seem they all start at the £1000 mark.
2. The power plate.
I don't care what anyone else thinks, this think extends my stretches in ways that I am not able to do myself. It works, I feel better.
3. The maintanance of the machines- something I would never be able to afford (especially if I had 10 different ones).
4. The fact I can leave the gym at the gym. If I had a gym at home I'd be forever feeling bad for not using it more- even if I used it every day. This would make me feel bad about myself and I just don't think that its worth the stress.
5. I don't have the space. I live in a studio flat, if I want to turn the TV off or open a window I have to walk across my bed.
6. I also like to use weights from time to time. I like to use the pully machines which also have little machines on telling me my speed and power so I can monitor my movenemt. To have this machine I'd need about £5000.
7. I like to see other people at the gym, I get fed up of being in my own space in my own head most of the day, I go to the gym to get a break.
8. They have sky, mtv and other channels I cannot get at home (I have a very poor signal and no way to repair it without a few £hundred spent on an ariel on the top of my 10 story block of flats which I'd then need to fork out for maintanance for every so often- can't afford it.)
9. I like the gym classes which involve me doing something different.
10. I like the yoga classes which come free with the membership.
11. I do not own a shower (I only have a bath and cannot afford a decent shower). The gym has a shower so I just shower there every day instead.
12. I don't have to scrub the shower after use!
13. I don't have to worry about my elecrtricity bill.
14. I can pick up new ideas and techniques from the gym instructors and even from watching other people.
15. Seeing other people working out too keeps me on the ball and working out properly. I keep my pace and do a far better job then when I go out running in the park for the odd hour.
....need any more reasons?
I seriously don't understand the appeal of training at home. I have no clue where that $300 number came from but there's zero chance I could get what I need for that. I would spend more than that on dbs alone. If someone is monopolizing a machine, politely ask to work in. But don't give me that weak "they're bigger/stronger/prettier and I don't want to have to ask them" stuff. That's your own insecurity talking. Everybody starts somewhere, and I would never tell someone they couldn't work in with me.
Marie Digby - Say It Again 8
Originally Posted by JohnnySolo
^^^^ pure fiction
Originally Posted by Xerxes
How could you possibly deduce that?
Last edited by Xerxes; May. 14/10 at 10:12 AM.
Originally Posted by Xerxes
Cloud Cuckooland right here :-
Originally Posted by Xerxes
- a bench
- pair of dumbbells
- Olympic Weights
Pliz. Are you taking us for fools or what? You might get a useless bench and a pair of dumbbells for $250 but you are saying you got a barbell and weight plates as well?
Any pics and links of where you got those for $250? You didn't happen to have a gun and dispossess someone of their $3000 stuff did you?
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