I’m not a fitness conscious person, although I’ve always wish I was. I wish I had the motivation to work towards becoming stronger. I enjoy walking but that doesn’t happen much anymore because I live in a city that’s too humid, drenched in rains for about four months in a year and has too much traffic. These things get to me now more than they did before, especially when I want to go for a walk and get a little peace of mind. So, like most people who want to try getting fit, I have decided once again to start going to the gym. This would be my third attempt in five years, actually. Today is day two.
So, here are 5 things that make or break a gym (in my books)-
The gym should be close to where I live. I don’t own or know how to drive a car and taking a taxi to the gym is too much fuss. So, one thing I look for in a gym is how close it is to my flat, so I can walk there. I have major commitment issues with a gym and long-distance doesn’t work for me.
Gyms are spacious in general, I know, but sometimes, to accommodate more members in a busy time slot, they stack their equipment a little too close to each other. I am big on personal space, so having some distance between me and the next guy, is something I value, especially when I’m doing some squats/lunges/etc. I’m not the most confident exercise-r because I’m out-of-shape so I don’t need the extra stress of being super conscious when I’m in there.
I’m not judgmental about who comes to the gym- the unhealthier the people, the better, because I’m one of them. When I say people, I mean, the number. I cannot deal with crowded gyms. That’s the biggest thing that puts me off, really. Which is why I like going in the afternoons, before the office crowds start pouring in. I don’t need you seeing me struggle on my 7th push-up.
This is one of the reasons, I wasn’t interested in continuing with the last gym. I despise having a gym trainer keeping an eye out on me and telling me what to do and what not to do. I just want to be left alone. Having them breathe down my neck, when I haven’t asked them to, gets annoying. Also, I don’t do well under pressure. “Give my 20 more of this!” NO.
This is more of a side-note peeve. Yes, pumping music is always a good motivation. But sometimes the music they play in there is quite horrible. Like, you could be playing Alan Walker remixes and I’m up for that. Then, suddenly, a stupid wedding-type Bollywood song comes on. WHY? And it’s too loud to drown out with my own earphones. So, I end up doing a tricep dumbbell kickback to “Dilli Wali Girlfriend” *rolls eyes*