So, our gym memberships for both the icky gym which I haven’t been to in over a year and the city rec center both ran out this month. We were just going to renew the rec one, and then some friends in our neighborhood told us about one that had a rock climbing wall. I have been wanting to rock climb for years. And it had three pools: an Olympic length lap pool, an indoor fun pool and an outdoor one. I drooled.
So when everything got ironed out with Vladimir’s new job, and I got Vue book proofs done, we wandered over there to take a look. The child center there rocked, and that was the clincher. Little one loves it. Runs in there every time I go.
A bit later I got called in for a fitness evaluation, which is really an appointment with a personal trainer to sell me on their services. They definitely had a jaded customer coming in. Just give me the numbers please and let’s dispense with the pitch.
At the very least, the guys at this gym have more training. When I mentioned my over use injury a couple of years ago, the guy said all the right things about it, sounding a lot like what I’d heard from my physical therapist. The conversation was less script driven than before, but even the script was much more positive. My weight is 10 lbs more than when the personal trainer at the other gym evaluated me here, and rather than suggesting I lose another 10 lbs, I was told it was good. All we wanted to work on was body fat ratio. That impressed me. The trainer at the icky gym, when I knew I was very near the low range of my weight, told me that I would be much hotter of I lost another 10 lbs.
Still, to be honest the price is out of our range right now. It is their goal to sell me their services, so I had to put up with “Isn’t this a priority?” etc and being made to feel just a twinge of guilt when I had to turn them down. I hate the “buy right now” attitude that seems to be part of the schpeel with every gym. I know the whole psychology behind why this method is used, and I get that they really have to turn over a profit. I just don’t like to be the object of it, even if I’m fairly sure I like the service.
The bottom line is that here, at least, if I were to spend my money I think I’d trust the service much more. Even so, I think I’d rather spend my money on a triathlon coach.