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Finding the Right Gym for You

How do you like your gym? Have you ever tried out other gyms because you weren't happy with your current one? Why? I bring this up because my "home" gym is going through a big remodel and renovation. From the exterior paint to the machines and weights. Everything is being overhauled. I'm not mad about it because they have made some great changes and I still like the fact that it's small and has everything I need, with emphasis on "I". Just because it is perfect for me, it might not be for others. What is your preference in gyms, large or small? Simple or elegant? Do you NEED pools, steam rooms, and raquetball courts? I have a lot of friends that drive much further for gyms with ammenities like basketball courts, and "more girls", but how important is that when considering your gym? If you play basketball everyday for cardio after your workout, then yes, i agree that would be a buying point when looking for a new gym. I once tried out a big named gym (not gonna name it), and it had the works, showers, steam rooms, saunas, pools, jacuzzi, towel service, etc. It was amazing how much more it had than my current gym. However, it was missing a key part of what "I" need. The right workout equipment in the right organization. No weights racked, the machines had no particular placement, and the place was too crowded. When I told the salesman I just wasn't interested he proceeded to tell me that all gyms are the same, they are all full of people and if I didn't like his gym than I shouldn't workout at a gym because i wouldn't like any. Hmmm well as I am writing blogs for Beast Sports and Muscle and Fitness, I'd like to think I know a little about what my preferences are for a gym and this really rubbed me the wrong way. I want this to one of my more conversational blogs on here and let you comment below to let me know what are YOUR main concerns with a gym. What do YOU need?    width=Stephen Obar (@OBARmuscle) is a writer for various fitness publications, a personal trainer, diet coach and a cancer survivor. Stephen currently spends his time hitting the weights as well as continuing to soak up all he can on the newest and latest bodybuilding and nutrition studies and news.  When he is 'relaxing', you can find him in the kitchen, and overseeing his little brother's nutrition and training as he is a sponsored Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete.