1) The sheer amount of dirt, germs & athlete’s-foot present; whether your gym cleans the equipment; …or not.
2) The lovely smells at a gym almost anyone can go to.
3) The meals you do not want to eat before going there.
4) The aforementioned wildlife & their charming behavior.
5) The aforementioned wildlife who will insist on talking to you if you forget your headphones.
6) Picking the wrong workout for you by copying someone else.
7) The problem with scheduling and crowds at all the wrong times.
8) Injuring yourself by skipping warmup & cooldown because of said crowds & wait-times.
5) Waiting to use equipment during said crowding & wait-times, even while some people just sit and socialize on it.
6) The high costs & what equipment you could just go and buy yourself for the same price. -Especially if it’s a good one, or in a big city.
7) How to replace almost all the equipment at a gym in your own home for about $50.
8) How to exercise your chest, legs, glutes, arms & shoulders using that $50 worth of equipment.
9) All the bad information you’re bound to get on reaching your goals from the gym-rats & junior yolo-meatheads.
-Ex gym-manager Laura Williams makes some educated points for avoiding gyms altogether, and maybe just working out at home, in her 3+ pieces over at Thrillist.
Check out her stuff at the Links for the gory details:
Photo Credits: “Cat Olympics”, by Flickr user Rooey202
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