Back home tonight . . . but before getting here, however, I worked out in 3 more gyms in Texas:
1. L.A. Fitness (North Arlington) - Totally unlike the Irving, Texas L.A. Fitness I wrote about in an earlier blog. This had a good vibe, a good mix of people, a few hard-core (including my son who pulled 8 reps at 405 on the deadlift). Good equipment, but it still had an antiseptic feel, and I'm not sure I could make a regular habit of L.A. Fitness.
2. Gold's Gym (South Arlington) - I've worked out in this gym before and like it a lot. This is the gym my brother has worked out in for years and it has an almost perfect mix of modern and old-time hard-core. In the latter regard, it has a horizontal leg press machine, i.e., leg presses from flat on your back. I could barely walk the next day. The free weights are in a room all their own. Lots of heavy duty equipment here, not much fancy. Only downside is the cardio equipment -- most of the elliptical trainers are worn out.
3. Cleburne Fitness Center (Cleburne, Texas) - This is a small town gym in a small town south of Ft. Worth, Texas. Decent equipment but an old vibe from mostly older people, some of whom want to talk more than they want to work out. I worked out alone here and it reminds of the importance of a workout partner. Arnold said that a workout partner was the most important asset in his success as a bodybuilder. I believe it.
Tomorrow I am looking forward to getting back into my home gym, Fitness International. Lots of people I know and it is a friendly place which I find to be a real asset.
The point of this series? Look at opportunities to work out in new and different gyms as just that -- opportunities. Experiment with new equipment even if what you normally use is sitting right there. I always find that I get more sore using different equipment than I can using what I'm used to. And that's a good thing.
Train hard; diet harder!