New Member of Gold's Gym
I found and joined a cold, heartless gym conglomerate.
It fits my personality.
I sadly had to move away from my beloved Better Body Fitness a couple of weeks ago and find a gym near my new house. The closest gym is Gold’s Gym on Forest Drive, which happened to have everything I was looking for in a gym.
- Elliptical machine
That’s the criteria I walked into Gold’s Gym with. It’s not the only criteria I had as I did/do care about price, location, etc., but at the end of the day, my only non-negotiable requirement was an elliptical machine. Ironically though, I’ve only been on it once in about a half dozen visits so far.
I’ve found a new toy at my new gym. Her name is StairMaster. This twisted machine is simple — no gimmicks, no learning curve — just climb stairs until your thighs are burning and you can’t move anymore.
I don’t remember ever sweating so much. Currently, I’m on level 8 out of 20 and can do about 20 minutes on the machine, climbing just over 85 floors. It”ll be quite a while before I do any new workout pledges on this thing.
First Impressions of Gold’s Gym
As I said: cold and heartless.
Joining Gold’s Gym is a lot like sitting down and negotiating a deal at a used car lot — it’s high pressure and the first dollar figures presented to you, um, don’t really matter a whole lot. They originally wanted me to pay $249 as an “initial investment” (what exactly is that?) and $59.95 a month. After telling both the salesman, assistant manager, and then the manager that I didn’t want to pay more than $39.95 with no “initial investment,” I got my way.
My contract is $39.95 a month for a term of 24 months.
While the staff at Gold’s Gym is friendly enough, they are running a business with outrageous profit margins. If you’re considering joining, just know that and know that the prices they quote you are a rough draft.
I don’t mind Gold’s being cold and heartless. I don’t mind being just a number. I don’t mind not being recognize or spoken to by other members – it fits my personality. I’m not at the gym to socialize — I’m there to improve my life. I leave my wife and baby when I go to the gym every night, so the sooner I can reach the brink of physical and mental collapse and get back home the better.
Gold’s Gym offers the tools to do that and that was enough to sign me up.