What Makes a Great Gym? Part II

IMG_4833On Tuesday, I wrote about some of the most important factors that we look for in a gym. I break the factors into two major groups: Time well spent in the gym, and time enjoyed at the gym.

You want to spend some well-earned time at the gym, but you also want to enjoy yourself while you’re there. But sometimes, that’s easier said than done. Enjoying time well spent is something we search for in all aspects of life, like with your job or hobbies.

So how do you find it at a gym?

Many larger corporate gyms will always have the state-of-the-art equipment that is on the cutting edge. And Boomer Fitness isn’t on the low end of the spectrum either. I’m very proud of the equipment we have in-house, and I know it helps us work the entire spectrum of your muscles.

Many larger corporate gyms have multiple locations, which means they can cover a lot more ground than a smaller gym. But like I wrote on Tuesday, many people seem to go out of their way to get to their own particular gym, rather than settling with the one that’s closer to their location.

Boomer Fitness measures up to any gym in either of those regards, but I know that it has something that no other corporate gym can boast at having: a community that cares about your fitness.

A community is more than a group of people you see from time to time. Its a group of people who you know on a first name basis, who asks you how your weekend was, or how your hike up to Mt. Hood went. It’s a group of people who genuinely care about whether you’re making improvements in your life, and who are there to support you when you’re making those improvements.

So how does Boomer Fitness have such a great community? Let me count the ways:

Personal Trainers that Care – There’s a terrible plague I’ve noticed that has taken root in a lot of corporate gyms: many personal trainers simply don’t put their clients fitness as their first priority. Unfortunately, many gyms have started putting their focus in sales quotas, getting as many people signed on with a personal trainer as possible. Trainers don’t have much of a choice in the matter, either. It’s either bring in a certain amount of new clients, or we will have to reexamine your place at this gym.

It’s not like that here at Boomer Fitness. Fitness is always the priority among the personal trainers who choose to work here. I know this is the case because none of the trainers here stop working after you leave the gym. We say hello when you come in for a seminar, or we pat you on the back when you do that extra set of squats, or cheer you from the sidelines when you finish the 5k you trained for the last 6 months. We’re here because we want you here.

Group Sessions – Whether it’s one of our Saturday morning Boot Camps, a class on the dangers of sugar, or just a busy day at the gym, Boomer Fitness always has something going on. Having group sessions is a great way of motivating yourself to push a little farther, do one extra squat, or do one extra push-up. You have to work together as a group to achieve your overall goal, and you go much farther when you’re working with someone rather than on your own. Plus, it’s always more fun to do something when you have others to talk to.

Best of all, some of our group events help contribute to a local charity. Last week, we had the chance to donate 100% of the donations from our Saturday Boot Camp to the Pink Lemonade Project.

It’s Your Gym – This isn’t just any other gym that has the standard music playlist in the background. We don’t tune out the world and just watch SportsCenter while we run on the treadmill.

We talk about how your March Madness Bracket is doing, or how your son Matt is enjoying school. We talk about how we really liked that movie we saw last night, or how you’ve been making some great progress since our last measurement check-in 4 weeks ago. We talk about your dog GiGi, or about the Boot Camp session that’s coming up this next Saturday, and how you’re planning on coming to that, right?

Why do we do this? Because we aren’t just any gym. You can get “any gym” anywhere else. We’re your gym!

To me, the community is the most important thing about any gym. You can’t substitute it with space-age technology, nor can your simulate it with inspirational words written in huge lettering on the wall. It’s something that you have to create and work on. And that’s the difference between an average gym and a Great Gym.

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