Recently, I got a day pass to a big fancy gym to see what all the hype was about. I didn't have much interest in joining, since I'm satisfied with my current combination of running, cycling and training at the gym where my fitness career began, but I really wanted to see what these Instagram bodybuilding models pay so much for.
Do you want to know what happened?
After about three minutes, I walked out.
It's not that the facilities weren't beautiful or that the staff wasn't nice, it was that it was an overcrowded, uncomfortable zoo of people all trying to out-do each other.
My workout called for a circuit with 15 and 20 pound dumbbells, so I walked over to the weight rack to grab them. All of the dumbbells had been taken off the rack and placed onto the floor in piles, which I assumed was because no one cleaned up after themselves. I found a pair of 15s lying alone in the corner, so I picked them up and started back for my mat set up in the corner. Halfway back, I heard a deep voice loud enough to be heard in every corner of the gym.
"HEY, I'M USING THOSE! WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GOING? WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?"
A man who had previously been using a cable machine about 30 feet from where I found the dumbbells was screaming at me. I was shocked - he was no where near the weights that I grabbed, and he most certainly didn't look like the type who used anything less than 50 pounds. I quickly apologized, but, disgusted, he said "forget it, take them. I don't want them anymore. Unbelievable."
So I got my stuff and left.
It's not that he had embarrassed me or hurt my feelings, I just found it so ridiculous that he felt like he owned those weights, and I certainly wasn't going to spend the rest of my workout afraid to change equipment.
At that moment, I realized how much better it is to work out somewhere that makes you comfortable. I train people in-home because that's where they're most comfortable to to try new things and to push their limits without fear of being judged. Why would I want to do my own workouts somewhere that I wasn't comfortable, just because it was "cool" or "fancy?"
When I left, I headed straight home and had an incredible workout.
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