Chain Gyms vs. Locally Owned
Afternoon! I’m feeling very energetic today for some reason! Spin this morning was just what the doctor ordered, and ever since spin it’s been go, go, go with clients and weighing in clients/members (Biggest Loser contest ends today!! )
Prior to spin class, I ate a quick breakfast of a small protein pancake, 1/2 mashed banana, and a bit of sunflower butter. Bananas + nut butters provide the perfect amount of carbs + protein + fat before a hard workout if you ask me. Throughout the day (at the various gyms I’ve been to, haha) I completed some bicep/tricep super sets, too:
- Alternating hammer curls/tricep dips
- barbell curls/overhead cable extensions
- Lower half cable curls/tricep pulldowns
Post spin-sesh and client-training, I had a more substantial breakfast:
Amy noticed my breakfast yesterday consisted of oatmeal + a protein shake, and she advised me to add the protein shake to my oats in place of the water/milk. The only time I’ve done this is by adding the actual powder in the oats toward the end and I’ve got to say, Amy’s way wins hands down!
I just pre-mixed 1 c. of water with 1 scoop of protein powder and then cooked the oats in it! Genius.
This second breakfast was pretty filling, so I didn’t end up having lunch until around 2:00 while working at the gym:
Just a tupperware salad! Romaine + pickled beets + goat cheese – no dressing.
Health Club Chains
Gold’s Gym, 24 Hr Fitness, Planet Fitness. These are just a few of the gyms that are sprinkled in nearly every state across the country. Like chain restaurants, chain gyms have their perks. They’re consistent in what they offer, the membership prices are fairly low, and are usually pretty well funded, for starters.
However there’s also the drawbacks. They might not feel as welcoming to its members and might lack a sense of community. Additionally, sometimes its staff might not care as much as locally owned gyms.
One of the chain gyms I’ve been a member of before is Gold’s gym – and I quit 3 years ago and haven’t looked back. So when I saw that a Gold’s Gym Express was opening in town, I was less than thrilled.
I was especially upset because I originally thought the little guy on the sign with the barbell was a yogi sitting indian style. We need another yoga studio in Bloomington/Normal!!
What time of gyms do you prefer? Well-known chain gyms or locally owned
Well I’m off to prepare some meals for the week! This week’s going to be somewhat busy, so while I have a couple hours (and the extra energy,) I’m going to make the most of them!
Have a great night, friends!