Welcome guest, is this your first visit? Click the "Create Account" button now to join.

To disable ads, please log-in.

Shop at TeamEstrogen.com for women's cycling apparel.

Page 4 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast
Results 46 to 60 of 70
  1. #46
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Posts
    10,933

    To disable ads, please log-in.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    Pax, what is the silliness? I see their dumb ads, but I've never known anyone who went there (don't seem to be a lot around here), except some of my clients in my first internship.
    Things like free bagel and or pizza nights. Tanning beds, around here at least, and if they think you're workout style makes someone else feel judged they may kick you out. They have large noise mailers if someone grunts too loud, different things like that. Afternall, they are NOT a gym, they are "Planet Fitness"!



    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk

  2. #47
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Posts
    10,933
    ...Things like free bagel and or pizza nights. Tanning beds, around here at least, and if your workout style makes someone else feel judged they may kick you out. They have large noise makers if someone grunts too loud, different things like that. After all, they are NOT a gym, they are "Planet Fitness"!
    Last edited by Catrin; 01-26-2017 at 07:12 AM.

  3. #48
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    IL/FL
    Posts
    3,847
    Yup, what Catrin said. They have pizza night and bagel morning once a month here (funny to watch someone do a tiny minimal workout, then sit and eat three slices of Papa Johns), the "lunk alarm" sounds if anyone gets too enthusiastic in the weight area, they have some silly non-scientific "hydro bed" you can use if you buy a premium membership (it looks like a massage lounger with a TV attached). Mostly just lots of hooks and gimmicks to make non-gym people happy, more power to them, I just ignore it all and do my workout.

    Electra Townie 7D

  4. #49
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Posts
    10,933
    Quote Originally Posted by Pax View Post
    Yup, what Catrin said. They have pizza night and bagel morning once a month here (funny to watch someone do a tiny minimal workout, then sit and eat three slices of Papa Johns), the "lunk alarm" sounds if anyone gets too enthusiastic in the weight area, they have some silly non-scientific "hydro bed" you can use if you buy a premium membership (it looks like a massage lounger with a TV attached). Mostly just lots of hooks and gimmicks to make non-gym people happy, more power to them, I just ignore it all and do my workout.
    Yeah, HERE they have pizza/bagels 1-2 evenings a week as well as soda. The price is good, $10/month, but it's really obvious what they REALLY want are people to sign up and leave it at that. I could be more snarky than that but I won't

  5. #50
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    IL/FL
    Posts
    3,847
    Quote Originally Posted by Catrin View Post
    Yeah, HERE they have pizza/bagels 1-2 evenings a week as well as soda. The price is good, $10/month, but it's really obvious what they REALLY want are people to sign up and leave it at that. I could be more snarky than that but I won't
    They said as much when I was in after New Years, the manager said "ca-CHING" when a new person took off on a tour, I asked if they were doing we;; and she said "oh YEAH, and most won't come back by February". Seems like the monetary model for most gyms, but this one adds in all sorts of extra goofiness to get people in.

    Electra Townie 7D

  6. #51
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Concord, MA
    Posts
    12,995
    We don't have a lot of gyms like that... more the opposite. Extremely expensive, either full service, like the one I go to, or boutique places that focus on one, maybe two disciplines. The club I belong to used to be the most expensive one around, but not now. We are only fitness members, so no pool or tennis. I can use the pool for water aerobics, and that's it. When we first joined, we had the whole family, year round pool , tennis, fitness membership, as DH was a tennis player before he was a cyclist. My town also has an extensive lis of classes, including yoga, spin, HIIT, and a gym with most of the focus on swimming. It's not so cheap, as belonging to the gym does not include the classes, which are at other sites. It only gives you a discount. The newest thing in town is Orange Theory. It's basically HIIT wearing heart rate monitors, which are displayed on giant screens by #. Only the instructor knows everyone's number. My former neighbor is teaching there. They scream out instructions to you, based on your HR. Oy. A monthly membership to places like Soul Cycle in Boston is like 400.00. The only other gym I belonged to was Golds, for 3 years. It was cheap, like 600.00 a year if you paid up front, but it was dirty and not a lot of classes. I only went for the 2 classes in the early AM. Other than that, I always had free use of gyms because I was teaching there, so I've seen a lot.
    2015 Trek Silque SSL
    Specialized Oura

    2011 Guru Praemio
    Specialized Oura

  7. #52
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Posts
    10,933
    We have such a mix of gyms in Indianapolis. Planet Fitness is the cheapest, and goofiest, but we run the entire gamut. If I COULD do more than walk the track and use the Cybex Arc Trainer (an elliptical-type variant - the only one that doesn't hurt knee nor hip AND I can avoid using my arms) I would either rejoin NIFS or the local Y - probably NIFS for a couple of good reasons. It's depressing to go there, however, given I can't do 99% of what they offer - but the Tai Chi, hiking, and pavement walking should fill most of my needs, and hopefully some intelligent isometric work will help my arms a bit.

    One of my former competition kettlebell training partners (who became a literal world champion in the 2015 Kettlebell Worlds in Dublin) teaches at one of the local Orange Theory locations. She isn't impressed with the entire philosophy there but she makes such good money there for a few hours a week that she has stuck around.

    I have also managed to sell my entire kettlebell herd for 50% of what I initially paid for it. The deal happens Saturday. I suppose I could have charged more but that didn't feel right. Kettlebells don't go stale or can be broken - short of some major disaster

  8. #53
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    IL/FL
    Posts
    3,847
    Glad you found a home for your kettle bells, Catrin! Probably good to get them out of sight before you're tempted to give them a go again.

    Electra Townie 7D

  9. #54
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Boise Idaho
    Posts
    1,180
    Change is SOOO hard. I gave up my favorite gym and joined the YMCA - trying to be fiscally responsible. My observation of those using kettle bells at the Y is yikes! these folks have no idea how to swing a kettle bell. I am still trying out all the different group fitness classes to see what works best for my tricky knee. Yesterday I took a spin class, I haven't been on my bike since Thanksgiving, ugh. The instructor was at least more of bike rider than a spin instructor. She had us working on steady cadence while using "4" gears. The cadence was 100rpm which is quicker than I normally ride so I didn't get to carried away with pushing a big gear. The saddle on the spin bike was a PIA
    Sky King
    ____________________
    Gilles Berthoud "Bernard"
    Surly ECR "Eazi"
    Empowering the Bicycle Traveler
    biketouringnews.com

  10. #55
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Posts
    10,933
    Quote Originally Posted by Pax View Post
    Glad you found a home for your kettle bells, Catrin! Probably good to get them out of sight before you're tempted to give them a go again.
    Exactly, and I've been noting back and sacrum pain with them, so yeah, remove the temptation! THEN I've funded my next couple of Tai Chi classes

  11. #56
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Posts
    10,933
    Quote Originally Posted by Sky King View Post
    Change is SOOO hard. I gave up my favorite gym and joined the YMCA - trying to be fiscally responsible. My observation of those using kettle bells at the Y is yikes! these folks have no idea how to swing a kettle bell. I am still trying out all the different group fitness classes to see what works best for my tricky knee. Yesterday I took a spin class, I haven't been on my bike since Thanksgiving, ugh. The instructor was at least more of bike rider than a spin instructor. She had us working on steady cadence while using "4" gears. The cadence was 100rpm which is quicker than I normally ride so I didn't get to carried away with pushing a big gear. The saddle on the spin bike was a PIA
    Yes, sadly there are a lot of trainers who apparently have no idea that kettlebells aren't dumbbells and that a lack of proper form WILL cause injury. The dynamic nature (they don't stay stable in the hand) of KBs certainly contributes. Then there are those who think the so-called "American Swing" that Crossfitters do is healthy (swings are actually a hip exercise, not overhead - there are much better ways to do that such as the single arm snatch or long cycle (clean and jerk). If you want to do both arms at the same time then use 2 kettlebells.) But that's another story & it's not up to me to tell them what they're doing wrong, and they probably wouldn't appreciate it if I did... Of course, this can be said for ANY kind of lifting.
    Last edited by Catrin; 01-26-2017 at 09:35 AM.

  12. #57
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    2,031
    I have occasionally been a member of a the Chuze chain gym ($10 month for basic use) and the YMCA, which is only 6 blocks from my house and has a pool too.
    2016 Specialized Ruby Comp disc - Ruby Expert ti 155
    2010 Surly Long Haul Trucker - Jett 143

  13. #58
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    IL/FL
    Posts
    3,847
    Since I'm affiliated with the university I can buy a pass there for $35 a month, it gives me access to the finest facilities in the world, I mean absolute top shelf equipment and facilities... but they have bizarre hours coinciding with student schedules (holidays, end of semester, summer) that make getting into and keeping a routine really difficult. And the pool, while amazing, is kept at collegiate competitive temps which are really damned cold when you're not a young elite athlete.

    Electra Townie 7D

  14. #59
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Posts
    10,933
    Can I just go ahead and order up two new shoulders and have them installed tomorrow please?

    Sigh...trying not to complain. I've it so much better than some do with really bad shoulders. I am going to allow them to inject the torn shoulder again next week, it worked well when we last did that in September and got a good period of relief afterwards - though I already know I won't really be able to use the shoulder for a couple days following. I should allow them to fix that one at least, but this is a really intense time at work (it's a 4 year cycle) and I cannot, and will not, take the time off work right now. Also unsure I would actually get relief - "fixing" joints is always risky. Also, the other shoulder is MUCH worse and I fear that the additional stress wouldn't help that one. So...I am placing my order for those pretty new shoulders up there on the shelf, they look exactly my size

  15. #60
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    IL/FL
    Posts
    3,847
    Really sorry to hear this, Catrin. Like you, I can handle my injuries and know how to work around them... but when they get worse or a new fun body part decides to get involved, it's maddening.

    I join you in this with my new gait changes from the knee replacement surgery, now I have issues with posterior tibialis tendonitis in my good leg (foot).

    Electra Townie 7D

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •