My Impressions of Our Five Star Gym - Livin' the Good Life
Feb. 16th, 2013
08:47 am - My Impressions of Our Five Star Gym
After one month, I give it an "A". If they used non-chemical cleaning products, I'd give it an "A+". There is at least one full-time cleaning person there. She's a sweet Hispanic woman who doesn't speak much English, and she is constantly cleaning out the bathrooms, washing floors, restocking paper towels, soap, and anti-bacterial foam in dispensers, polishing mirrors, scrubbing walls, doors, and disinfecting all the gym equipment. And you'll see from the pictures that there is a LOT of equipment! This place is gigantic! (There is also a guy whose job seems to be endless vacuuming.)
What I like most about this co-ed 5 Star Gym is the atmosphere. People are there to WORK! I kind of even like the slightly sweaty smell in there. For some reason, it motivates me. It means, "Time to take your exercising seriously. Everyone else here does." Of course, that's not completely true. Some people seem to not be enjoying their workouts. And some seem to just be going through the motions, with little energy or enthusiasm. I've noticed a lot of middle-aged/older men in this category. But, for the most part, people act like their fitness is their first priority and they appear to enjoy it. I fit into this category. There are TVs everywhere and driving-type music playing, and I find this very stimulating. I feel revved up, and I feel good! I walk out of there with more energy than I came in with, and I have a definite bounce in my step. This bounce is very familiar to me. It means I feel great and happy. Because of this, I try to not miss working out more than one day a week.
The only downside is that I have to drive 10 miles to go to the gym. That's a 20 mile round trip. If I start thinking about carbon footprints and all, I start feeling guilty. But, then I remember that my very FIRST priority is my health. Until they open a gym in Joshua Tree (2 miles away), I intend to go to my current gym as often as I can. I always combine any errands I need to do with my workout, so that helps me feel better about going to town so often. I love getting out. It gives me energy just to leave the house. So, for now, this is a great boon to my life in all ways. And I'm getting stronger!
Here's my gym.
Here's inside. It's pretty dark in there for getting decent pictures. There's no way to show how truly huge this place is! In the picture there are three long rows of weight equipment, the middle one front and center. On the far left (out of the picture) there is a large area of free-weights and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. To the far right (out of picture) there are rooms for classes. While I was photographing, there was a spin class going on. There were 30 people on stationary bikes "spinning" together while a leader at the head of the class yelled and cheered and did whatever she could think of to get them to work harder! (NOT my cup of tea!) Behind me are rows of treadmills, eliptical machines, stair climbers, stationary bikes, etc. They were almost all full when I was photographing, so I didn't turn around and snap a picture. I don't think people would have appreciated it! At the end of this picture you can barely see the "fresh juice bar", and on either side are the men and women's bathrooms, that include showers, toilets, sinks and lots of lockers. It's kept clean and tidy most of the time. I really don't think this picture does the place justice, but it gives an idea.