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(Some Buff Guy)   Another victim of the pandemic: the gym membership. Because it's just as easy to give up working out by February at home   (swnsdigital.com) divider line
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2021-04-14 8:21:58 PM  
If I went back to the gym, would they let me hang my clothes on their equipment? I think not.
 
2021-04-14 9:03:59 PM  
Wishing in one hand and farting in the other is still free, pork pie
 
2021-04-14 9:08:49 PM  
The last thing I need to do is get in a find with some roided-out chad who refuses to wear a mask and is spitting rona slobber all over the place.
 
2021-04-14 9:11:06 PM  
I dumped my YMCA membership right after Florida shut down in March 2020.  Wife and I just started walking everyday. Bought a Peloton treadmill and some weights in August 2020. I'm never going back to a gym.
I come home, strip down to my boxers, put on sneakers and get on the treadmill. It's a very disgusting sight, but very liberating.
 
2021-04-14 9:11:25 PM  
A month by month membership is fine, but it's those impossible to escape multi year membership prisons (looking at you, Bally's) that are certainly going to die thanks to the pandemic. I'm sure people were able to escape them during the pandemic and they won't be caught again.
 
2021-04-14 9:11:28 PM  
Hahahaha
Something I've always known about a Gym membership...

Start it on a Monday done w/it by Tuesday & wishing I'd just hung my clothes on my exercise bike I never use instead.......
 
2021-04-14 9:11:31 PM  
should've invested in online gym subscriptions that nobody uses
 
2021-04-14 9:12:41 PM  
Half our garage is a gym now, and I couldn't be happier. Between trx, yoga and weights over a year, it's still cheaper than a membership.
 
2021-04-14 9:15:14 PM  
I was avoiding gyms before it was cool.
 
2021-04-14 9:15:32 PM  
Buy yourself some $30 exercise rings and you won't need a gym.
 
2021-04-14 9:17:09 PM  

indylaw: The last thing I need to do is get in a find with some roided-out chad who refuses to wear a mask and is spitting rona slobber all over the place.


But enough about your spouse...
 
2021-04-14 9:19:58 PM  
They'll have to cater to hobos that need showers now.
 
2021-04-14 9:25:00 PM  

AcneVulgaris: They'll have to cater to hobos that need showers now.


Lots and I mean *lots* of the working poor who were ( and still are ) living in their car , etcetera already were using those places so they would not look like a lot of other homeless people when they showed up for work.
Every day.
A lot of genpop of homeless folks started doing sink showers at home improvement stores.

I just hope the Y can keep up, as when 24hr fitness went, that was a giant hole that I doubt another chain will tray and fill.
 
2021-04-14 9:25:12 PM  
Our YMCA was a Saturday morning ritual - take the kids to swim lessons and go play racquetball with the spouse.

When COVID hit, the Y shut down for good. Haven't had a reason to find another gym since.
 
2021-04-14 9:26:21 PM  
There are more than enough attention whores to keep the gym industry afloat.
 
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2021-04-14 9:26:37 PM  
I've been back at the gym since last August. Love it actually. It's half or less as busy.

Plus, since I'm wfh plus really flexible with even that I go during the downtime mid-morning. I'm after the hardcore early morning group and before the slackers. The trainers there say it's the busiest between 5-7, so just avoid the "I'm just here to be seen" crowd then.

Nothing but people just getting shiat done and getting on with their day when I go.

My wife won't go back to OT though so we also built a home gym. Works good for getting cardio in on off-days.
 
2021-04-14 9:34:42 PM  
I'd rather be in a gym than a Walmart. People aren't 'huffing and puffing' in gyms anyway.

1/2 of them are sitting on exercise equipment, staring/pecking on their phones.
 
2021-04-14 9:36:50 PM  

wxboy: indylaw: The last thing I need to do is get in a find with some roided-out chad who refuses to wear a mask and is spitting rona slobber all over the place.

But enough about your spouse...


Shots fired.
 
2021-04-14 9:42:31 PM  
HOTY. Bravo.
 
2021-04-14 9:43:05 PM  
Marilu Henner isagrees...

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2021-04-14 9:47:25 PM  
We realized just how scummy gyms actually are, to both their attendees and their staff. Greedy pricks.
 
2021-04-14 9:51:20 PM  
I was always irate at the gym because there were always jerks who had no problem going to the gym sick, coughing all over, and never wiping the equipment.

The pandemic made me buy equipment for my garage, so there was no reason to go back to the gym.
 
2021-04-14 10:02:14 PM  
I have a gym membership. I use it at least twice a week on my neverending quest to become a beefcake.
 
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2021-04-14 10:02:50 PM  
Gym? What's a Gym?
Youtube PGLzm-Gy0dQ
 
2021-04-14 10:19:44 PM  
Wait until people realize that gyms are absolutely unnecessary for weight loss.  It doesn't get you any skinnier than a proper change in diet...yes, even when you combine the two
 
2021-04-14 10:23:23 PM  
I dropped my gym membership I think back in June of last year, so COVID still rampant. I wanted to cancel over the internet but the link to do so said I had to call them. So I call, and they say I have to come in and physically cancel it. I'm like, "Why? There's a pandemic. You can't just turn off my account right now?" Nope. Have to go in in person and recite aloud "I divorce you" apparently. I say, "Are you guys even open? How do I get in?" To which they reply, "Oh yeah, we've been open all month! Regular hours! Come on in any time!" I remind them that there's a deadly pandemic but they shrug it off, reminding me that Georgia's governor said "It's all clear folks! Party on!"

Anyway, I drive to my gym and the parking lot is full. I park in the bank lot next door and go inside. The place is packed. Nobody but me and one staff member is wearing a mask, and he's wearing it down around his chin so his nose and most of his mouth are exposed. No social distancing.

I go to the counter and tell them I'm the guy who just called asking to cancel my membership. They recognize me (pre-pandemic I went nearly every day) and ask how I've been, how Mrs. Moose is, etc. I'm like, "Well, other than a terrible virus ravaging the planet, I've been pretty good." I get a pen and my ID out, figuring this cancellation is going to be a big deal since I had to come in to do it. The guys behind the counter just say, "Don't worry, we've got it, you're all set. Sorry to see you go!" Goddammitsomuch.

That was June 2020. When COVID infection and deaths started spiking again shortly thereafter, I was not the least bit surprised.
 
2021-04-14 10:38:58 PM  

Moose out front: I dropped my gym membership I think back in June of last year, so COVID still rampant. I wanted to cancel over the internet but the link to do so said I had to call them. So I call, and they say I have to come in and physically cancel it. I'm like, "Why? There's a pandemic. You can't just turn off my account right now?" Nope. Have to go in in person and recite aloud "I divorce you" apparently. I say, "Are you guys even open? How do I get in?" To which they reply, "Oh yeah, we've been open all month! Regular hours! Come on in any time!" I remind them that there's a deadly pandemic but they shrug it off, reminding me that Georgia's governor said "It's all clear folks! Party on!"

Anyway, I drive to my gym and the parking lot is full. I park in the bank lot next door and go inside. The place is packed. Nobody but me and one staff member is wearing a mask, and he's wearing it down around his chin so his nose and most of his mouth are exposed. No social distancing.

I go to the counter and tell them I'm the guy who just called asking to cancel my membership. They recognize me (pre-pandemic I went nearly every day) and ask how I've been, how Mrs. Moose is, etc. I'm like, "Well, other than a terrible virus ravaging the planet, I've been pretty good." I get a pen and my ID out, figuring this cancellation is going to be a big deal since I had to come in to do it. The guys behind the counter just say, "Don't worry, we've got it, you're all set. Sorry to see you go!" Goddammitsomuch.

That was June 2020. When COVID infection and deaths started spiking again shortly thereafter, I was not the least bit surprised.


Same experience here.

I bought a Hydrow to fulfill my at home exercise and hike the local park system on the weekends.

/ Still have to keep reminding myself that 80% of weight loss is diet
 
2021-04-14 10:41:59 PM  
One gym in Quebec City attempted to reopen when the indicators were starting to look good for that. The owner got a fine and could still reopen a week later when all the other gyms were allowed. Claimed victory.
Fast forward 7 months. Second wave closed his place. This time it stayed closed. 
Reopens in March, goes on for a few weeks, doesn't require masks for people off machines, owner even asks people with masks to take them off. 
Some cases happen with his gym staff, closes for a day for a full disinfection.
As soon as it reopens, major outbreak from his gym. 500+ cases in over 50 secondary outbreak sites, workplaces and schools. Owner nowhere to be seen for 2-3 days, turns out he, too, caught covid and had to be sent to the hospital. Full shutdown ordered, took a whole day to get the order to the business.
And now this guy made sure all the gyms in the province will not reopen until bars can.
 
2021-04-14 10:44:36 PM  
I'm sure that the plague rat, anti-democracy gym owners so regularly featured on the news has nothing to do with it.
 
2021-04-14 10:51:02 PM  
The whole point of the gym was that it was the place that kept your motivation up.  You either went before or after work because once you got home, it wasn't going to happen.  Well, now we're all working from home, stuck at home, or as others have said already, don't want to deal with maskless idiots at the gym.  So either we've figured out the motivation thing or we've given up.
 
2021-04-14 10:55:31 PM  

Persnickety: The whole point of the gym was that it was the place that kept your motivation up.  You either went before or after work because once you got home, it wasn't going to happen.  Well, now we're all working from home, stuck at home, or as others have said already, don't want to deal with maskless idiots at the gym.  So either we've figured out the motivation thing or we've given up.


There was never anything motivating about a gym. The cake was a lie.
 
2021-04-14 11:09:56 PM  
I should be able to use this information to parlay a deal from the nearby gym.
 
2021-04-14 11:10:40 PM  

Godscrack: I'd rather be in a gym than a Walmart. People aren't 'huffing and puffing' in gyms anyway.

1/2 of them are sitting on exercise equipment, staring/pecking on their phones.


Those greasy motherfarkers used to piss me off- not focusing on a workout, not entering data into a workout app, not even taking a selfie. Just farking around on their phone like they could be doing literally anywhere but making sure to sit on some piece of gym equipment someone else is wanting to use.
Thank god I took up running outdoors.
 
2021-04-14 11:13:22 PM  

Wanderlusting: Persnickety: The whole point of the gym was that it was the place that kept your motivation up.  You either went before or after work because once you got home, it wasn't going to happen.  Well, now we're all working from home, stuck at home, or as others have said already, don't want to deal with maskless idiots at the gym.  So either we've figured out the motivation thing or we've given up.

There was never anything motivating about a gym. The cake was a lie.


It DID motivate you to WISH you were better, while burning money for a gym you weren't going to. And wasn't that the REAL bodybuilding all along?
 
2021-04-14 11:15:12 PM  

Wanderlusting: Persnickety: The whole point of the gym was that it was the place that kept your motivation up.  You either went before or after work because once you got home, it wasn't going to happen.  Well, now we're all working from home, stuck at home, or as others have said already, don't want to deal with maskless idiots at the gym.  So either we've figured out the motivation thing or we've given up.

There was never anything motivating about a gym. The cake was a lie.


I guess there are people who need some social aspect of it. Or have to believe it's complicated to do correctly, so you need a pro to guide you and possibly very special equipment. Or will skip it often if they don't have some fresh dollars sunk into it.

I've had a home gym for a long time, and it's the only way for me. I feel like not having anyone around is a benefit - it's not possible to vary from what I should do out of concern for what anyone else thinks of it, or how long it takes me.

But the biggest benefit is eliminating so much friction. There's a nice community rec center half a mile down the road, but there's a big, big difference between going there vs my basement. Not to mention the hours available and always knowing there's no crowd.
 
2021-04-14 11:16:19 PM  

AcneVulgaris: They'll have to cater to hobos that need showers now.


They were doing this before the pandemic. People that have jobs and live in their cars have gym memberships to shower. A gym membership is cheaper than rent in Santa Clara valley.
 
2021-04-14 11:16:36 PM  
Join a gym?

Let me see if I have this straight: get a riding lawn mower, then pay a lot of money to join a gym, drive your SUV a mile to the gym... and walk on a treadmill. Right?
 
2021-04-14 11:20:56 PM  

alienated: AcneVulgaris: They'll have to cater to hobos that need showers now.

Lots and I mean *lots* of the working poor who were ( and still are ) living in their car , etcetera already were using those places so they would not look like a lot of other homeless people when they showed up for work.
Every day.
A lot of genpop of homeless folks started doing sink showers at home improvement stores.

I just hope the Y can keep up, as when 24hr fitness went, that was a giant hole that I doubt another chain will tray and fill.


24 Hours is still in business. Our gym is allowing 118 people in, no appointments, clean up the equipment after use, which are now spaced apart and all the pools are closed.
The scent of ass sweat and crotch is still there.
 
2021-04-15 12:34:47 AM  
I run outside everyday after work, no matter the weather. It costs me good running shoes about twice a year or so, plus some fancy pants for winter. I don't have to interact with anyone. I recommend it.
 
2021-04-15 3:22:44 AM  
Transitioned to hippie climbing gym because we don't really have the space for a home gym.  Mask enforcement 100% of the time, social distancing, temp check every time you enter the building, and tons of hand sanitizer stations. It ain't fool-proof, but I feel better supporting them than the local regular gyms that weren't doing any of those things (despite claiming that they were.)

Downside: everyone else there is a well-muscled 130-150lb college student.  Spouse and I are the mid-thirties "I'm so proud of them for showing up!" doughy folks.  :/

(Also, FTR, outdoor exercise options aren't really a thing here because there are too many a-holes in pickup trucks that feel threatened by runners/bikers, even if we stay on the sidewalk.  Too many close calls, not going to risk it again...)
 
2021-04-15 11:40:21 AM  

OccamsWhiskers: Wanderlusting: Persnickety: The whole point of the gym was that it was the place that kept your motivation up.  You either went before or after work because once you got home, it wasn't going to happen.  Well, now we're all working from home, stuck at home, or as others have said already, don't want to deal with maskless idiots at the gym.  So either we've figured out the motivation thing or we've given up.

There was never anything motivating about a gym. The cake was a lie.

I guess there are people who need some social aspect of it. Or have to believe it's complicated to do correctly, so you need a pro to guide you and possibly very special equipment. Or will skip it often if they don't have some fresh dollars sunk into it.

I've had a home gym for a long time, and it's the only way for me. I feel like not having anyone around is a benefit - it's not possible to vary from what I should do out of concern for what anyone else thinks of it, or how long it takes me.

But the biggest benefit is eliminating so much friction. There's a nice community rec center half a mile down the road, but there's a big, big difference between going there vs my basement. Not to mention the hours available and always knowing there's no crowd.


I'm right there with you. Having dropped a bunch of weight and started working on building some muscle I jumped into the home gym option because I knew that even if COVID wasn't a thing removing all of the time wasting barriers (travel, other people, etc.) would be more likely to keep me actually working out. So far I'm making pretty decent progress and see it more likely that I would eventually drop the regular cardio and cut some calories before I will likely drop the ~3hrs/wk spent with the weights. For now though I really like to eat so the cardio is sticking around to give me the freedom to eat more like I want to.
 
2021-04-15 1:57:12 PM  
I work in a gym.  We were shut down from mid-March to the beginning of June.  We were the first big gym in the area to re-open and literally had waiting lines outside. Was proud that my company tried to do right by our members and automatically froze billing while closed and offered 12 month covid freezes that would automatically cancel memberships if you didn't come back before then.  My boss was also super supportive of me since I'm over sixty (it's my part-time retirement job) and was nervous about coming back. I may have spent the last year cleaning a LOT, but it kept me away from the front desk and more face to face interaction. Staff got a ton of grief when we went to masks required over nose and mouth unless you are drinking or physically in the pool or jucuzzi. People adjusted - although I still have to remind people to pull it up over the nose. Teenagers are the absolute worst. It's a conservative county and just declared full capacity as of tomorrow. With the distancing requirements, I think we'll probably be keeping our current capacity and reservation system for a while. The interesting part will come when they say indoor masks optional by businesses. I know my boss doesn't want the staff to be abused again.

/fully vaccinated as of yesterday
//breathing easier
///threes
 
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