Thursday, January 24, 2008

And another thing...

Further to yesterday's post, a few of you expressed the view that anyone who's unsure of the right way to do an exercise should ask an instructor for help. Which is great advice, except that..... hmm, gym instructors.... they don't exist at this particular gym.

You have to understand the skanky gym - there are no staff on the floor, just someone on reception to collect your money. It's a big ugly barn of a place, full of clunky equipment (and more than a few cockroaches). If you can find two dumbbells the same weight, you're doing well - NOBODY ever racks a weight. It's VERY cheap, you don't need a membership, and it NEVER closes. I mean never. At 3am if you're a shift worker or an insomniac, you can go workout. Christmas Day, if you're sad enough to want to spend time in the gym, you can....

If you want a PT, you can arrange to hire one, but as far as I can tell, there ain't no such thing as a gym instructor.

I have been known to interrupt someone who looks like they're about to have a nasty accident and offer them some advice on technique, but sometimes people don't appreciate interference and you get your head bitten off... Meh. It's their loss.

8 comments:

kathrynoh said...

My gym is very much like that, although they will write you a program and go through it with you if you ask.

I guess at the end of the day you get what you pay for (unless you go somewhere like Fitness First and then you pay but don't get) and you can't regulate everything people do. I mean, if you buy a set of weights for home use you don't get the shop ppl coming to your house to correct your form.

Chris H said...

That does not sound like a good gym... what if someone does hurt themselves, who is responsible ? What if a piece of equipment breaks and hurts someone, same thing....I have never heard of a gym without instructors! Isn't there a better one you could go to?

Kek said...

Chris, I don't go there for the pretty surroundings. Or the serenity. It's cheap and always open. It has lots of equipment. The 'ladies' mostly hog the ellipticals and other cardio equipment and leave the weights all for little old me. Or they use the stupid weights machines that I wouldn't go near if you paid me (abductor/adductor machines, ab crunch machines... puh!).

As long as I have a lat pulldown, a squat rack, some dumbbells and a few other bits and pieces, I'm happy.

And cockroaches don't bother me. Or moths or beetles. As long as they don't want to use the squat rack when I want it, anyway.

Selina said...

LOL! Love those last 2 posts. I've been to the skanky gym haven't i?? I member seeing alll the ab roller machiney-thingys taken up with ppl doing 1000 reps. But not bad for $3.00 or whatever it was to enter!!

Kek said...

That's right - I did take you there, Selina. I'm not exaggerating, am I? :o)

Cherub said...

I hate about 4pm at my gym. Full of 15/16 year olds lifting weights that are way too heavy with really bad form.

I told the gym owners that they need to be more responsible for these young kids.

I am now 2 years into a shoulder injury and am only just back to minimal upper body training - the thought of someone else going through that makes me sick.

VegasGirl said...

OMG! I'd kill for someone to come show me how to use some of the machines. I actually struck up a conversation with someone using one of the giant inflatable balls the other day. Asked where they learned how to use it, and if they minded me paying attention and trying to mimic them. I'm fairly certain this lady thought I was crazy. LoL. She has a killer body and obviously knew what she was doing --damn it--I want a killer body and don't know what I'm doing. The equation made sense to me, but she totally blew me off. *sigh* oh well.

Antigone said...

WOW it sounds like there are alot of gyms out there like that!
And I reckon you are right in saying their LOSS and your gain because then you can just focus on your technique and leave knowing you wont need to go into traction when your done with your workout LOL
Em:)

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