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Speak Up: What One Thing Would You Change About Your Gym?

With the start of the new year, many of us returned to our gyms, or joined new ones, to commit to fitness for 2009. Choosing a gym can be complicated. You may have to settle for a gym because of price or location, which means it may not offer you everything your fitness heart desires. As for my gym, I love that fact that there is women's area, but there are no cutting-edge cardio machines in the ladies-only cardio room: no bikes with TV screens, no TreadClimbers, and only one rowing machine. So what about your gym? What one thing would you change?


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ella1978 ella1978 8 years
Spectra you are right on! Pre-cor ellipticals are the best. We have 6 at our gym, they don't have the moveable arms, but they are the crossramp kind.. so great. My biggest complaint would be that we only have 6 of them. There are about 25 of the cheaper ones. Pre-cor are the only one's that don't absolutely destroy my knees. I have bad knees from years of sports, and the other ones put a lot of stress on your knees. I wish I could afford a Pre-cor for my house!
Veronix Veronix 8 years
They sometimes overbook classes, and that bugs me a lot. When I'm looking forward to a certain class and then, when I get there, the class is full and I have to do something else... Otherwise, I'm pretty satisfied! The room with free weights could be bigger though...
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
I go to a Gold's Gym, but I would much rather go to an all-women gym again. If only there was one close to where I live!
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I have just re-joined my local virgin gym because it is SO much nicer than the cheap council gym. The council run gym really did sacrifice quality over getting the quantity of people in. However! Virgin gym about 10 miles away has a combined spa area with jacuzzis, steam room, solarium and a piping hot sauna. Ours has a pool and sauna but they are single sex for the sauna/steam room. I'd only change that really. The rest is amazing.
Mila_83 Mila_83 8 years
I go to NYSC and don't really have any complains.Great spinning class at 6:30am really fits my schedule.I usually go to the gym closest to my house so I have enough time to shower,get ready and have breakfast before work.I only wish this location would have a swimming pool.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
These comments are making me appreciate my gym even more! I guess I wish they played younger, hipper music, I go to the suburban location of my gym, and the music is almost as bad as in a dentist's office. The downtown location has much better music, but is out of my way. Also, my location doesn't have any racquetball courts, and I love racquetball, but considering how cheap my membership is, and how much my gym has to offer as far as equipment, steam rooms and classes, I shouldn't complain!
Jeny Jeny 8 years
There are no 'butt blaster' machines.. and the only good yoga classes are on the weekends and they're always super packed so I don't go to them anymore
mademoiselle2009 mademoiselle2009 8 years
i definitely wish there was a women's weight section.... it's so dominated by males and 1/2 the time they're just standing there talking shop so it makes me feel so puny picking up the 8lb weights. i also wish that it opened on sunday mornings (ymca) and that they had more early 5am classes so that i could be done at 6, go home to shower & eat a quick breakfast and be on my way to school.
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
@blueswater- i know, i used to go to one of those gym where half the population was on steriods and the meatheads would never want to give the free-weights area any kind of room, along with unabashedly ogling at female gym members. one of the reasons i joined a women's gym. ;-) anyway, i wish my gym had more yoga and pilates classes.
staticnoise staticnoise 8 years
I know that they have started to offer classes this year, which would be great if I was interested in those, but I would long for different kinds. Unfortunately there isn't enough room for that. However, spinning bikes would be great, too. They only have those huge and uncomfortable stationary bikes.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
Well my gym consists of my living room, so other than classes like Yoga, Pilates, Belly Dance and Tarpees. I'd also like more weights, tread mill, and rock climbing wall.
jueycruiser jueycruiser 8 years
I go to the Ymca...i wish they had child and old people free locker rooms. its either sopping wet full of naked screaming children, or there are just groups of naked rude old ladies all over the place. they need a "people who just want to change their clothes real quick" room. also, it would be nice if it was open on sunday morning so i could work out before i work.
BalooB BalooB 8 years
I love my gym but I do wish there were more classes and more varied classes- we have yoga, pilates, tai-chi and kickboxing but I wish there were spinning classes
marisaoswald marisaoswald 8 years
OH MY GOODNESS. What would I change about my gym? Hmm, I think the biggest thing is the waft of stale/sweaty air when you walk down into the dungeon of doom. The air circulation is horrible. I also wish they replace all the old run down machines-- most of them look like they're about to break. Then, add a bosu class, and I'm good to go. I already complained to the 24 hr fitness, but have never received a response. Hard to believe the Beverly Hills 24 is the worst I've ever been to!
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
My old gym did not have a big towels , only hand towels. Which made it hard to take showers. It was cramped and hot. I just joined a new gym and I am very happy because it has all the thing that the old one did not and more.
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 8 years
A 6:15 am spin class so I could go before work!!!
jackowski jackowski 8 years
the smell!!!
julea julea 8 years
oh, also, if they were open later on the weekends (past six). Planet Fitness.
julea julea 8 years
I would love: classes (of any kind, but spinning classes esp.) a sauna a track a pool then it would be my perfect gym. it's cheap though, so I can't complain that much. :)
pamela87 pamela87 8 years
My change isn't so much about the gym, but some of the pervy men who belong to it! Otherwise, love the place.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i really wish that there were more large lockers at my gym. especially this time of year, i have a big coat and big boots and there's just never enough room for everything in the locker, and i have to fight with it. the other thing that i would change is the TVs - i'm tired of having EVERY tv on CNN or one of those networks, or ESPN. it's just too much. sometimes it's fun to have MTV or Bravo or a girlie network on since there are a LOT of girls that work out too!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't have too many complaints, but I do wish our gym had a sauna. That would be niiiice. I also wish we had Precor ellipticals because they are the best...they are the only ones where you can adjust the incline AND the resistance. Oh, and I wish they offered Spinning classes. Other than that, it's a pretty good gym.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
I wished they open earlier on Sat and Sun!
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
They don't offer spin classes!
jessie jessie 8 years
so far i have no complaints about my gym...
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