Now that Gold’s Gym Charlottesville announced it is closing at the end of the month, I find myself in the unenviable position of gym shopping.
I hate everything about it. The pricing schemes, the one-time fees, the cancellation policies, finding the right gym with the right equipment. Yuck!
So this morning after placing an order for some staples at Muscle & Strength’s Labor Day Sale which has some BOGO’s and a free gym bag loaded with goodies, I headed to Gold’s to get in my workout.
Chatting with some of the other members at Gold’s made me feel like we were at a wake, discussing the passing of a friend.
The Gold’s Gym announcement came on Friday and we are just now dealing with reality and finding new gyms. Most are going to Atlantic Coast Athletic Center (ACAC) to ride out the remainder of their memberships, but I don’t see that as a viable long-term option so I’m looking for my new, long-term home right away so on my way home I stopped at three gyms, only two of which were open.
I’ll let you know what I decide and hopefully some other Gold’s members will post on where they are going so we can try to keep some of the core people together.
I will miss the Gold’s Charlottesville experience.
Even though I mostly kept to myself at Gold’s and focused on my own training, I found so many of the regulars there inspirational and they pushed me harder just because I was around them.
At least I have until the end of the month to find a new gym home.
In other news, I completed the kayak ergometer for Vinnie Tortorich and hope to deliver it to him within the next few weeks so we can get started on his training. This new design came out very nice. So much so that I’m going to rebuild my own into this new design since it is shorter, better balanced, and smoother.