What attracts you to a gym?

Discussion in 'General Health Forum' started by hoodlum, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. hoodlum

    hoodlum MuscleHead

    Jan 3, 2012
    Help me out TID, what exactly is it that attracts you to a gym?

    When you enter the door, is there a specific piece of equipment that would make you leave your current gym and sign at a new one? Do you train at your gym because it has an abundance of leg equipment? Do you train somewhere because the dumbbells go heavy as shit? Are you attracted to a functional area (sled pulls, etc) or is it a waste of space?

    I know a lot of you will probably just say the atmosphere but what is it that makes that... do you want a place with heavy music, a place no one speaks to you or a place with an amazing community?
  2. PillarofBalance

    PillarofBalance Strength Pimp Staff Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    The smell of sweaty balls

    Competition bench


    Bar selection

    People bigger and stronger than me

    No dbag personal trainers

    No bosu balls
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  3. Bullmuscle7

    Bullmuscle7 MuscleHead

    Jun 11, 2014
    The above plus Chalk is allowed and noises and actual lifting.

    Clanging plates

    Bending bars

    Teams are permitted

    Good friends but no idle banter. Everyone recognizes there's a purpose here.
  4. Morph83

    Morph83 New Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    My choice in gyms are limited. We had a new one open up near by but the monthly cost/hours aren't what I like. So, I go with anytime fitness. Paid 380 for the year, it's open 24/7 (including holidays). Downfall, DB stop at 100 at all but one of the anytime in town, and I find myself waiting "in line" for lesser experienced gym goers. But, I don't go to a gym for and piece of equipment, I make work what I've got available. That being said, if I HAD a larger gym near by, id definitely be hitting that up.....for motivational purposes.
  5. Docd187123

    Docd187123 MuscleHead

    Dec 2, 2013
    If it has better equipment than mine....
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  6. bikrash

    bikrash New Member

    Jun 4, 2014
    The smell of sweat and iron. The presence of some really big dudes, because they are an inspiration and usually are glad to help you with form, spotting, and just advice. A cold water fountain that comes out strong. Big iron, huge dumbells, I might never be able to lift them, but they are there just in case.
  7. DieYoungStrong

    DieYoungStrong VIP Member

    May 27, 2013
    Women with skwat asses wearing Lulu Lemon?
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    RAIDEN VIP Member

    Feb 22, 2012
    The less people, the better.
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  9. IronCore

    IronCore Bigger Than MAYO - VIP

    Sep 9, 2010
    Pizza and Milk Shakes!!!!!
  10. Mike_RN

    Mike_RN Senior Moderators Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    Donkey Calf Raise
    Standing Hamstring Curl
    Vertical Leg Press.

    Chances are if the gym has these three. It's got everything else a Bodybuilder needs.
  11. FLEXjs

    FLEXjs TID Board Of Directors

    Apr 23, 2012
    All the gyms around here these days are all the same and they all suck.

    Back when I first started lifting in the late 80's we had a few Gold's Gym and a couple Powerhouse gyms.

    They are both long gone and the big franchise places have taken over just about everything. They are all "Fitness Centers" now with too much cardio equipment and televisions and machines and dumbbells that only go to 80 or maybe 100 if you're lucky. No chalk allowed, pop music always and they frown on deadlifting.

    I train at World Gym, which is sort of kind of better but getting worse all the time. At least we have dumbbells to 150 (4 sets) but they've been trying to clamp down on chalk and deadlifting. I know the owner and have known him for 25+ years so I don't get hassled much. But this is the last club within reasonable driving distance that has some remnants of what a good gym was like back in the day but it's fading fast.

    Mediocrity is sweeping the nation.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015
  12. BrotherIron

    BrotherIron TID Board Of Directors

    Mar 6, 2011
    What I look for in a gym.....

    • Squat Cage
    • Competition Bench (or thereabouts)
    • Specialty Bars
    • Bumpers
    • Chains
    • Bands
    • Chalk
    • Athletes training there.... and I'm not talking about bbers.

    Now in a perfect world there would also be a monolift.

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