Why I do not have a health club gym membership

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One of the first things they tell you to do once you enter the seduction community is to join a health club and start working out. This is even more timely since many people make new year’s resolutions to become healthier this time of year.

I agree that you should be doing some form of cardio and strength training. I do this but I have yet to join a health club.

Here are the reasons why I’m not a member:

Contracts/Fees

It seems like every health club wants you to sign at least a one year contract to join. I hate commitment. I have no clue where I’m going to be a year from now. I leave my life wide open.

The ones that allow you to pay month-to-month without contract require a large joining fee. This is bullshit. It is bad enough utility monopolies like phone and cable companies charge activation fees. It is worse when they are not a monopoly and they have to do very little to enroll you. For me this is the equivalent to the checkout worker at Wal-Mart charging me $5 before they will scan my items and allow me to purchase them. It is complete bullshit.

Dishonest health clubs

Many of the major health club chains have one thing in mind: to get you to sign a long term contract that puts money in their pocket on a monthly basis. Many of the workers are instructed to do what ever it takes to get you to sign on the dotted line.

If I was to ever join a health club I would want to check out the facilities before signing anything. Most of the major chains have free trial memberships. If you decide to use a trial membership you are going to get pressured to sign a contract before they give you the membership, during your trial and after. I do not want to subject myself to that grief.

If a club tries to push you to get personal trainer lessons be leery. Most of these lessons are overpriced and the trainers are often inexperienced so they are not very knowledgeable and cannot give tailored advice for your needs. I recommend saving your money on lessons and instead buying a book like The Abs Diet Get Fit Stay Fit Plan or DVD’s like The Abs Diet Workout and the corresponding The Abs Diet Workout, Vol. 2.

Before joining a club I suggest you search the club’s name at ripoffreport.com.

Health concerns

I was once a health inspector. I inspected many health club facilities in my day. They in general have some of the most poorly maintained pools and hot tubs that I have ever seen.

I can only imagine the bacteria, fungi and viruses that plague the locker rooms and fitness equipment at most facilities. It is sad that you have to be concerned about your health when going to a “health” club.

Waiting for equipment

When I want to work out I want to work out NOW. I do not want to wait around for equipment to open up so I can use it. I want to work out after work just like everyone else. I do not want to have to go at a later time to ensure that the equipment is available.

Locations

I have yet to find a club relatively close to where I live and work. New clubs are popping up like cockroaches in my area but they are still relatively out of my way.

You might consider joining a club farther away that is cheaper, has a better facility or clientèle. Don’t do it. If you are as lazy as I am it will mean you will go less often. Location is key.

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Instead, I have a weight bench and a set of dumb bells in my apartment. The bench has leg lift, lat tower, and preacher curl attachments. You can buy a similar bench for around $200 shipped at Amazon. It was the best $200 I spent.41ag5d2td3l_aa280_.jpg

I do not have to drive to the gym. I do not have to wait in line for equipment. I do not have to pay monthly fees. I can exercise when I want.

I also recommend looking at weightlifting classes offered to the public by local universities and city park and recreation offices. These classes are often reasonable in price. The fact that they meet at a specific time ensures that the equipment will be open and forces the less motivated to exercise more regularly.

I know that there is this idea that a health club is a great place to pick up women. I think that coffee shops, night clubs, book stores and malls are just as good if not better. Women are more accessible to being opened at these places. They are looking for entertainment, amusement and to be social when they are there. When they are running on a treadmill listening to their iPod while focusing on their workout they are less accessible and open. I do not suggest joining a health club strictly for the prospect to pickup women.

I will give my cardio and diet advice tomorrow.




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  • Bobby Rio
    January 9th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    I belong to a gym… but never use it to pick up women. I think gyms are overrated as a pickup spot. Most girls there are sweaty and insecure about their appearace, and the last thing thye wasnt to be picked up.

    just my feeling

  • Teddy Bear
    January 10th, 2008 at 2:33 am

    I think if your gonna buy some equipment go with chuck norris’ total gym. you can do everything with it. The abs diet is from mens health magazine right?

  • Mack Tight
    January 10th, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Rio,

    Thanks for the input.

    Teddy Bear,

    (For those who don’t know, the Total Gym involves you lifting the weight of your body on an inclined plane using a pulley system. Chuck Norris and Christine Brinkley are paid to endorse and do infomercials for it.)

    I think the Total Gym is a viable solution if your space is limited. In my opinion free weights give you a better range of motion without restrictions so they let you work your muscles better. The bench I have is also half the price of the cheapest basic model of the Total Gym.

    Yes, The Abs Diet is by the Editor-in-Chief of Mens Health.

  • Face
    February 24th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    I too belong to a gym. I don’t use it primarily for PUA purposes, just to get fit. There, girls are more a secondary priotity. However, it doesn’t stop me from picking them up once in a while.

    Yes , I get fit. Yes, I find fit girls. Conversation flows when you get them to break from their IPod. And the oppertunity for interaction is high (assuming you pick a moment when you aren’t interrupting their work out) But- if done correctly, you will be giving her a work out.

    Another cool thing to note, is the fact that you were seen. When I go to the gym, I look fun-happy-fit. I make conversation with the fun people, and eventually make friends with them. Since you are seen, making this your place- social proofing- then when you see them outside the gym, it is so much easier to get a conversation going.

    Finally since my gym, is a really nice gym- it kinda shows some more value and theres never really a line.

    Thoughts?

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