Possible humor and/or rants ahead. Not sure, could be both. One thing is for sure, I broke my self-imposed 500 word limit for this. Enjoy!
I hold a membership at the local recreation center in town. It has a nice free weight area, two good squat racks, ample plates, a handful of benches, dumbbells, plus machines. Thankfully, it also has a heavy bag and speedbag. Like other gyms, it has larger areas strictly for cardio machines (hamster wheels), since that seems to be the “go to” machine for many. It has a pool, a gymnastics area, a rock wall and a bouldering wall. And ample kids programs. For the money, it’s great, at approximately $100 more per year than the price that I would pay for just Mrs. Kenobi and I to attend other gyms, we can get our entire brood of six in. Value for the win.
The more I train at the rec center, the more I find myself becoming fonder of having my own private gym. There are set backs to going to a public gym. From talking with others, these set backs seem to be universal and depending on the time of day or night you go to your gym for training, the more or less likely these things occur. Here are a few examples.
If you do not have the dough to purchase your own gear, like a good weight belt for heavy iron lifting, your gym will usually have a few to borrow in varying sizes and inherit with this is the risk of other people using it when you need to use it. Eventually, you’ll see some dipshit wearing the weight belt that you need for Squat Day…on the assisted pull up machine, or doing curls, or some other bullshit bosu-ball utilizing exercise where they aren’t manipulating a loaded bar through space. Seriously, cupcake, you look like a complete fucktard doing goblet squats with a 10lb kettlebell in the power rack with a damn weight belt on. Leave the gear for people who need to lift some heavy ass shit!
And let’s talk about that squat/power rack. What the fuck are you doing goblet squats in the rack for anyway? Seriously. Move the fuck over, get your special snowflake entitled candyass out of the damn rack! If you are using the rack for any exercise that doesn’t call for a rack (squats and overhead presses as a quick example) or the usage of the safety pins in the rack (like rack pulls or pin presses) stay the fuck out of the damn rack! That rack is there to move weight and people at the gym do not need some dipshit wasting time taking up a squat rack for your bro curls or because you think you look cute. We don’t give a fuck. Get out.
Ask me how I know this…
I wish I could say this is one specific sex, but you see this with both women and men. There is a girl who shares the same weight belt as me and I have seen her multiple times
…doing quarter squats
…in the smith machine
…with the fucking belt on.
I can handle crowds. If I hit the gym and it’s busy, others are getting after it and nothing is available for Squats or Bench or whatever, if can’t work in with someone, I can change it up, hit something else and come back in about twenty minutes and something will be open. But there should be some sort of three strike rule for those people who misuse or improperly use equipment or gear, hindering others from getting after it.
Which leads me back to the desire for a private gym.
A private gym… only for people who want to get after it and improve their lives, using the door of the physical to drive improvement in the other areas of life.
Private, by invite only.
A place for my Tribe to go.
That’s the vision now…
4 thoughts on “Training Grounds”
Let me see if I have this right: You’re a power lifter but you share a weight belt with other people. This may be the first time I type an F after a T after a W, but….
Hahaha. First, thanks for stopping by and reading. Secondly, not a power lifter per se, though I do lift for strength/power over aesthetics. As a father of four, sometimes other things take precedent over cash squirreled away for nice things like a quality weight belt. So yeah, I do share a communal belt. Hahaha. Thanks again for stopping by and reading, much appreciated!
I lifted devotedly for 24 years and cycled through all sorts of lifting styles and weekly splits. Try slow reps with lighter weights every four months, it’ll speed up your workouts and give your joints time off to heal.You’ll get seriously cut while only going down about 10- 15% in strength, nothing you’d miss too much for a few weeks. It’s a great gambit a month before swimsuit season. #dadbod
Will keep that in mind, thanks!