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« on: July 07, 2016, 12:25:58 AM »

Just wondering where you guys train? Not exactly but as in home gym, commercial gym, old school bodybuilding, health & fitness gym...

I currently train at a commercial 24/7 chain gym for a cheap student rate of 12.99 a month. It has all cardio equipment, machines but lacks on free weights (and always rammed with the roid heads lol). Debating to move down the road, closer to me by about a mile, to a health and fitness club gym which has all the same stuff except more free weights area and doesn't get as busy. It also has a sauna, jacuzzi and pool. But it's a large increase at 45 a month. We shall see in time.

How about you guys? Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2016, 05:31:04 AM »

For most of my life I was a nomad and still consider myself one. I trained at work most of the time as we have a well equipped and heavy basement gym (well equipped for barbells, racks and dumbbells anyway) so it always had a home gym feel with my own music etc, but was bigger and always had someone else in there to keep it fresh. Then on top, when not at work I would visit any PAYG muscle gym that I fancied, especially as they are now everywhere, and often then with one of a number of training partners. Generally I am a lone wolf though and when I'm with a partner I tend to ask them to do what I want to do as I'm picky and often have some sort of program or comp looming.

But about 6 months ago I joined a virgin gym as my wife is a member. I'm not used to the money, or the kind of clientele,  but I liked it that we could go together when I'm off work in the week, and I could swim if I need to or we could sit for a lunch in there. And now, I really like it. Turns out there are actually less bell ends than the local BB gyms. It's just weird that I pay all that, they spend a fortune on machines, and all I use is the dumbbells, barbells and treadmill for LISS. However, I have used the boxes for jumps and done plenty of stuff when not prepping and will again.

The only people that annoy me are the very few people who do any form of comp and they are physique/bikini people  (one or two) and they always speak about their prep to people and were never that lean and actually don't know what they're talking about. And they compete with rubbish random untested modelling things like Miami Pro or WBFF. But then there were more of them in Ripped. My LEAST favourite people.

Its actually odd, and don't think I'm being big headed as it's not like that, it's just something I noticed - I used to love the spit and sawdust gyms and then the modern version of BB gym because I used to love being surrounded by the big bodybuilders who would inspire me. But in recent years I have come to realise that actually, they aren't bigger and better, they're just juiced up. The 'big boy' in ripped for example is looked up to by all the juicers, but in reality on a national scale of him in comparison to the top lifters or competitive bodybuilders within the juiced world, I am actually closer to the front runners nationally in the natural world and am actually way more knowledgeable and advanced as a bodybuilder. But because I'm natural, I slip in among the thick and intermediate juicers and he is the God in the gym.

So I realised that none of them are in anyway inspiring. If I trained somewhere where a top pro trained, juiced or natural, then it would certainly be inspiring. But I don't. And as such, I tend to be bigger and stronger than the naturals and more advanced comparatively than the juicers. So the inspiration was me and my own goals and I got used to that and preferred training in my basement gym.

But then I went virgin and due to the lack of juicers, and those that were are crap, I noticed people looking over with their eyebrows raised if I was doing lateral raises and my delts were popping, or tapping their mates shoulder if I was cleaning and strict pressing 100kg or so. And I actually found it more inspiring and found myself pushing harder, knowing there were eyes on me.

I know that sounds douche baggy but I don't mean it like that. I just found the change in mentality a reason to push even harder and it was inspiring. It's also inspiring to be getting leaner in a place where people are lean but are generally small. Instead of big and lean but juiced up and spotty and bright red all day.

It's caused a few conversations as I've finished my workouts etc so I've now gotten to know some people, and it turns out there is actually some camaraderie in there among those training, unlike BB gyms these days which tend to have only a clique of shit Miami Pro 'prep coaches'.

Thought I'd ramble anyway. Been on the loo far too long now! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2016, 12:54:06 PM »

Bet you've got dead legs now Mon!

I train at two independent "spit and sawdust" type gyms - although one is MUCH more spit & sawdust than the other!

One:
- about 3 miles away
- so I can ride my bike to and from if I want
- which is good cos it has about 3 'cardio machines' none of which work
- is predominantly a powerlifting gym, the owner is big in the sport, and the gym's kit (benches, monolift, bars, plates) get used for BPU comps
- has power rack, various bars, heavy DBs, tons of weird and wonderful rare Nautilus kit

I recently joined a 2nd because I wanted a change of scene and atmosphere. Main gym can be very low in atmosphere and there are a few characters who can make it a bit unpleasant (particularly as a woman - and I am one of two female members!)

Two:
- about a 20 minute drive away (so I only go there at weekends)
- lots of cardio equipment
- also home to Crossfit club, running club, strongman training team
- has all the kit you'd expect, plus deadlift area, power rack, plate loaded kit, Cyber kit
- much bigger membership and a generally nicer (or more reliably nicer!) atmosphere
- bonus extras (that the other one doesn't have) like protein shakes, bars etc for sale
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2016, 01:35:14 PM »

Home Gym

I have always pretty much had a power cage and various dumbells/barbells at home, in an outhouse, behind the sofa etc. But when myself and my good lady got hitched we decided to plough the wedding cash into a proper home set up.

For both of us it is perfect as we are not really into socialising when training and also I have a set amount of time available each day to train and nothing used to wind me up more than having to wait for someone to finish fannying around so I could use a piece of kit (low empathy levels lol). I previously worked at a gym in my spare time and would frequently train very early in the AM or late in the PM just so I could train without distraction.

We have got all we need at the moment and our equipment is probably better than anything available in a 30 mile radius.

Ultimately its expensive but there is no point having funds that are not making you happier in some way.


All that is really is missing is a back station, something that allows for a chest supported back exercise via a machine would be ideal but Seal rows on a incline banch have been doing a good job.
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2016, 02:32:13 PM »

The only people that annoy me are the very few people who do any form of comp and they are physique/bikini people  (one or two) and they always speak about their prep to people and were never that lean and actually don't know what they're talking about. And they compete with rubbish random untested modelling things like Miami Pro or WBFF. But then there were more of them in Ripped. My LEAST favourite people.

Average height seems to be increasing, some of the teenagers I see on the Tube during my morning commute look like giants.  I wonder if this trend has anything to do with the large turnout for fitness and men's physique categories.  As you know with your own experience, it takes years to build a physique imposing enough for the bodybuilding category.  Men's physique seems like a relatively "easy" class to enter if you're above average height and been training consistently for a couple of years.  By "easy", I mean that there's probably a lower risk of being laughed off stage.





I actually train at an EasyGym, and it's seriously the best gym I've used.  Commercial gyms can get crowded for sure, but this place is just huge.  The gym has a set of three for each dumbbell weight and each machine.  There's around 6 power racks and over 10 benches in the weight room, dozens of cardio machines and open floor space. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2016, 06:23:02 PM »

I have trained and even worked in every variant -

trained at spit and saw dust bodybuilding/powerlifting gyms, leisure centres, small PT studios even the gym at the national Audit office.

it's weird as my longest stay at anyone gym was at Monster gym. couldn't have asked for anything more as it contained near on everything. felt wasted as in the end I was always found in the corner in the power rack.

of late training at home but it's very make shift. over time want to get a home set up that would make Badger jealous 😂
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2016, 08:16:39 PM »

There's a gym like that just out of distance from me, Steve. It's only 10-15 a month and apparently has several of absolutely everything. Its not an Easy chain but similar. Don't know what the atmosphere is like though.

My actual favourite gym is in Canvey Island. Island Gym. Camaraderie, old school, do whatever you like in there etc, but the equipment is just so so old it's bent and ruins the workout. Shame as it's nailed on otherwise.

That sounds like my dream gym, Nic!

Steve I don't mean I hate the physique/bikini categories, I hate half arsed attempts at being cut using drugs and then talking about it like you're an expert going on about your shit diet and claiming you're a prep coach. So many these days.
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2016, 08:28:31 PM »

Which one? The weird-Nautilus one? It's called Hi Rep, it's kind of well known in old-school lifting circles. If you ever find yourself down this way, I will take you for a visit! (Bring hand sanitiser, and a pre-emptive dog treat for the 75kg gym dog....  Shocked )
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2016, 03:45:20 PM »

Anyone ever trained at a Virgin Active gym?
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2016, 04:33:21 PM »

Anyone ever trained at a Virgin Active gym?

I've trained at one here in Brighton, and used to train at one in Glasgow near the SECC (but don't know if it's something else now). I LOVED that one!

I train at a The Gym. Sometimes I worry about intensity because I'm having to juggle things to get onto kit but the free Wifi comes in handy if I need to do cardio, and it's a 3min walk from my work  Grin I don't have any good gyms near me. My nearest are both a 20-min bus ride + walk away from me...
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2016, 05:21:07 PM »

Yeah I don't really like The Gym's as they're usually quite cheap which means busy and hard to get on stuff especially free weights. Bit like my gym at the moment hence the look to change...

Virgin and Nuffields are both 47, Virgins is much bigger with more equipment so less change of getting too busy but Nuffields is closer, hmm...
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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2016, 03:06:39 AM »

Spit and sawdust gym in Milton Keynes

http://atlasfitnessgym.co.uk/

Love it
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2016, 10:06:36 AM »

Has anyone trained at a Nuffields (Used to be called Greens I think?)
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2016, 02:50:34 PM »

I train in a recreation centre. 5 minute walk from our house and it's either that or the David LLoyd where I live.

It's got a half rack, deadlift platform, dumbell up to 60kg so pretty good. Just get s a bit crowded and the general public who use it find anyone who really lifts a bit noisy. Hey ho we all pay our memberships and deadlifts require noise.
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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2017, 10:13:26 PM »

I have the recreation center near my home so I prefer to train here because in comparison with other things that offer rest of gyms here I can get more for less money
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