I got sidelined with a wicked cold back in October and after I got well, I went back sporadically; truth is, I couldn’t bring myself to want to go back. I cut my losses, quit LAF and started gym shopping.
I’ve looked at Snap Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Lifetime Fitness, a local muscle gym and Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness says they’re a Judgement Free Zone. If I weren’t such a grammar nazi, I might be able to get past the spelling error, but I’m not, so I can’t.
Most gyms let you try for a weekend or a week, which is good. Would you buy a car without a test drive? I think not.
But there was one left: YoungQuest Fitness Center. The reviews on the place were excellent, so I sent an e-mail. No response. I tried calling. No answer. Well, damn. I tried one more time – just this morning and this time, I got through.
I talked with the owner, Jason, and he was very friendly – and not pushy. We set up a time for me to come in at 5:30 and take a look around. Couldn’t wait.
I arrived a little after 5:30 (traffic was a suckfest). The gym wasn’t huge, but it was spacious. It had a nice selection of cardio and free weight equipment. And get this – there was a squat rack open. OPEN. Can you believe it? It was like walking in a bizarro world gym.
Jake, one of the trainers, gave me a tour and said it was busy. No, no it’s not. Busy is when there are a few impatient souls hovering around your squat rack or bench press like vultures, impatiently waiting for you to finish.
Another appeal to this place: It’s not some ginormous corporate entity; it’s a locally owned gym. And clean. Clean is good.
The price was reasonable at $45 a month, so I signed up for the trial – a whole two week trial!
When I got home, I found my gym bag (actually, it’s a backpack, I’ve never liked gym bags), threw my clothes in a small bag and have them set out and ready to go for tomorrow. I’m actually excited to get back in the fitness saddle. I hope this place works, it sure feels good, but I’ll keep you posted.
Until then, happy lifting.