Are you a gym snob? I am. I almost feel embarrassed to admit it. I’m also a food snob, but that is another post.
I’m in the process of switching gyms this week since my tri club masters swim has moved to another gym. Like I said in my last post, I have put this switching off for about month AND pretty much put off swimming for 3 weeks before this week as well. Since my masters swimming is canceled this week (coach is in Hawaii, lucky him!), I decided to get back in the “swimming groove,” and try to make it 4 times this week. I got in my 3rd swim in today. Just have one more to get in this weekend. 😉
Anyway, I cancelled my Y membership this week and joined the new gym today where my tri club has masters swim at. I decided to join at the northside location for no particular reason other than the fact that their pool is 25 yards long instead of 20 yards long like the valley location (where the tri club practices). Both locations are 20 minutes driving distance from my house which sucks, but I really want to have coached swims.
When I paid for my membership, I asked to be given a tour of the facility (Isn’t this a standard procedure?), and the girl at the front desk told me that she had to watch her friend’s baby, but she would come find me on the treadmill when her friend came back. I did not think this was professional, but I’m pretty laid back, so I told her no problem.
As I walked to the locker room to drop off my bag, I started looking around, and this REALLY bad feeling came over me.
- Paint was chipping off the walls. They must have not painted since the 80’s? I don’t know, but it was this really ugly yellow/gray color.
- I noticed their “tanning bed” room that looked like it was a dirty closet.
- Children were screaming on the racquetball courts (I guess they were ripping up and putting new carpet in today, and had to move all the kids in there?). REALLY screaming. In unison.
- There were a LOT of elderly people. A LOT.
I made it to the locker room and discovered that it had not been remodeled since the 1970’s. The locks were VERY old-fashioned. The lockers were stained yellow on the inside. I cringed as I put all my stuff inside. I prayed my lock would stay on the locker while I ran.
While on the treadmill, I noticed their spinning room that happened to be open to the public. I not only heard the screams of little children (that were annoying the elderly including myself), but I also heard the LOUD music of the spin class loud and clear.
Old men in 80’s hammer pants (WAY worse than the pic above) with bandanas walked in front of me while I was on the treadmill. I also noticed an older woman wearing a faded cotton t-shirt that read, “Chubby and Dangerous.” The gym rep never did come find me on my treadmill.
I started to freak out that I had signed a year membership for this club without actually working out there first. The vibe just wasn’t right. Was the valley location the same? I don’t think I could handle that. I will cut them some slack for the messiness of the gym since they were putting new carpet in, but everything else was just plain horrifying.
I decided to make the 45 min trek from the northside to the valley location to find out for myself if it was the same. Maybe they could cancel my contract within 24 hours of signing up or something without a penalty?
Thank goodness, it turned out to be okay. This location was a lot cleaner and more current. There were members close to my age. I started talking to a lady in the locker room while I was changing, and she said that the new owners are really trying to improve the place. They were replacing the roof at the valley location. The heating pump was also broken for the pool so the water was 74 degrees. No wonder no one else was swimming! They said they were working on it. At least the water was clear which is NOT something I can say for the Y.
I thought to myself, I have been through hell this morning including getting lost coming over here, I’m SWIMMING!! I froze my butt off, but at least I got it done.
Although the Y is a LOT newer than my “new” gym, I know that I will get some good swimming done in the pool. I really need someone to push me. Plus, the pool is so much cleaner there than at the Y. Some other better stuff about my “new” gym: the showers are bigger and they have Body Pump!! So excited to try that one out since I have been seeing it all over the blog world.
I need to stop being so prissy!! I’ve been spoiled over the last few years with completely new facilities! haha.
Are you a gym snob?? What are some changes that you wish would happen at your gym? Or is your gym perfect? If it is, I’m jealous!