Since then I have belonged to many workout facilities, from the fancy one in Central Oregon where women would run on the treadmills in full makeup wearing sports bras and booty shorts, long hair flowing, to a tiny one featuring Singing Woman, Angry Running Lady and Inappropriate Shorts Man, but which had the best Pilates teacher ever. There have also been a succession of employee gyms, management's concession to remote locations, which usually had rickety benches, dim lighting, and someone's collection of Rage Against the Machine CDs.
Now I belong to a fitness center. Recently the flooring was being redone and they moved some of the weights into one of the gymnasiums. Going in there, I instantly felt comfortable. I knew why. It looked like a real gym.
My fitness center has four pools, one of which is the same size as my house. Racquetball courts. A kids' play area. Acres of machines. Several gymnasiums and class areas. Two snack bars that sell smoothies and other food, including chips (I don't have anything against chips. But who eats chips at a gym?). It is also always busy, because I live in a resort town where a lot of people don't have to work. Group classes are mostly during the day, presumably for the same reason. It's expensive because of all the extras.
Any thoughts? Which would you choose?