Is there a “Best” Gym?

Total reading time 5 minutes.  You will spend less time reading this than you will choosing what underwear to wear.

“Hey Adrian.  Where is the best gym?”

It’s a question that comes up in conversation everyday, either by students, or just members of the general public, and it’s a tough one to answer. Why?  Because, it’s not a here or there answer. It’s not even my standard answer “It depends”. I could answer “School of Strength”, but it’s not that simple.  Some people fit our philosophy.  Some people don’t.  And, you know what! That’s okay. So, let me explain it a bit further.

For me, a gym should have the following at the very least:

  • Some form of cardio equipment

 

 

 

 

  • Some form of strength equipment

  • Some form of mobility apparatus, whether that be foam rollers, bands, sticks or balls.
  • Some form of warm up area

  • Some form of linkage to allied health professionals, and are well respected in their area of expertise.
  • A warm and inviting environment

Now, based on your requirements, these can go in a multitude of orders. Me personally, it’s all about the strength and mobility kit. Foam rollers.  Massage balls.  Mini bands.  Racks.  Benches.  Quality Olympic bars.  Pretty, coloured bumper plates.  Chin up bar.  I am not fussed what sort of flooring there is.  Just as long as it’s flat underneath the rack.  I am not too interested either by the environment.  Just as long as they let me do my own thing.  I can still remember going to a gym, telling the front counter staff what I was going to do, only to head to the gym floor and be told I couldn’t do the things as part of my own program.  No slams.  Too noisy. No handstand practice against the wall as its dangerous. Poor maintained bars.  I didn’t even ask for my money back. I just informed the person behind the counter when someone tells you what they need to do, make sure that this is allowed in your space.

Your idea might be the latest machines, wall to wall mirrors, while it could even be a place where you and your friends feel supported and welcome.   We all have our own little pet hates, and pet loves. This is what you need to find out for yourself.  You can’t let others push you into a gym, or a training space where you don’t feel good about training there.  That suits their needs and requirements, not yours.  Believe it or not, your needs and requirements are what matter when you are looking for a training place.

There are many more reasons why you may class one gym as a better one, and each have their pros and cons.  However, at the end of the day, there is not one best gym, because if there was, there wouldn’t be gyms popping up everywhere.  After all, not everyone likes vanilla ice cream.  Mmmmm.  Ice Cream.

So, if you haven’t yet found the right gym, or “best gym” keep looking.  You never know where the best gym may turn up.  Or, you may even do what I did, and start your own.

Remember, while their may be contests held in every location on the country to find the “Best”, whether that be coffee, cake, dinner, bread, beer, breakfast (and the list goes on and on), your decision is the only one that matters. Same applies to picking a gym to train at.  So my advice is to ask around.  Go and visit each one.  Get a feel for who goes there when you are likely to go. Find out the prices.  Find out what they offer.

Oh, and don’t be shy to say, “Sorry this just isn’t working out here.”  After all, its your money.

 

 

 

 

From Susie and I here at the School

Don’t worry about New Years Resolutions.

Don’t worry about trying to eat “clean”.

Don’t worry about bashing yourself up in the gym, trying to burn calories.

Don’t worry about setting yourself big, unmanageable goals.

Don’t worry about cleanses or detoxes. Save your money to buy yourself a good pair of runners or walking shoes.

Start by thinking about getting your sleep right. Put your device out of the room.

Get moving. Even if it’s to the mailbox. Just do something to get those muscles and your brain firing. You dont have to start out hard, but you do need to start.

Remember, strength is the secret sauce!

Fading away

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“My god!!!  What have you done?  Are you not well?  If you keep going, you will end up in the hospital!!” “Don’t you think you are taking this exercise thing a little too far?  Look at you, you are fading away?”.

Why do people use the phrase “fading away” to friends and family who have lost a significant amount of weight, or have made some serious changes to their lifestyle?  After all, isn’t being healthy, the main aspect of life.  Do you think YOU have the right to make that call.  If you were so seriously worried, wouldn’t you talk to their trainer and ask for their knowledgeable thoughts.  Better still, seek some expert advice from a doctor (No Dr Oz does not count as advice!!!!), or an another health professional, explaining to them the situation.  They may want to reach out to their fitness professional, or even want to see the individual.  But don’t be too judgemental when they take a look at you sitting their in front of them, and question you about YOUR health aspects.  Maybe, just maybe, you are a little jealous of their success and want to bring them down a peg or two?

Most of the time, this person has finally said “enough is enough”, and got a small hold on their life.  They no longer see food as something they shouldn’t eat, or want to waste a day or a weekend recovering from another alcohol and food coma.  They may have had enough of the late nights, lack of energy or had a health scare.  Whatever their reason, we should be embracing it, Embracing their new-found look on life, on health, and on their “why”.

To me, this not only makes the individual feel ashamed, but also may have a longer lasting effect on their goals. To me fading away indicated an illness, a sickness, where anorexia nervosa springs to mind, and should not be aligned to someone gaining muscle and losing body fat. A person who is fading away, most will try to hide their illness.  Baggy clothing.  Heading to the toilet straight after dinner.  They may not be outgoing.  They may not want to talk about what is happening. Take a close look next time you want to tell someone they are fading away.  What can you see?  Can you see dark, sunken eyes.  Can you see clothes not fitting properly, and falling off their body?  Or can you see muscle definition, a change in their food choices and words.  Someone who has lost a great deal of weight, and replaced it with muscle, will be full of vitality, and want to tell people what they are doing, and how they are doing it.

Please keep this in mind next time you want to tell someone they are fading away.  Maybe, it is the mirror you need to look into, and think about what YOU need to change.

Next post will on happiness, and what it is that makes you happy.

Until then, remember, strength is the secret sauce.