Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Brave New Gym

This month I've been going to the Reebok Sports Club on a free pass that I got in the mail. The Club sent it to me as a friendly "neighborhood" gift since I live 5 blocks away from the Club. My membership at Equinox had expired and so this was a good time for me to try out the ritzy Reebok Sports Club.

This club has everything. Basketball courts? Yep. Indoor Rock Climbing Wall? Got it. Outdoor track? Yep. And of course it has your standard free weights, machines, treadmills, ellipticals, like any other gym. It's really an impressive facility, which is good because you have to pay an arm and a leg to join there. The initiation is $1,200 and then you pay $188/month after that. I could have joined for only $600 initiation. Geez, what a bargain. And I thought Equinox was pricey.

With my free pass to the Reebok Sports Club, I could also visit any Sports Club LA in the city. One night, with my free pass in hand, I visited the Sports Club LA at Rockefeller Center. It's a little difficult to find, but eventually I found it and handed over my pass and went down to the locker room to change. I had brought a green Nike t shirt that day and a pair of navy blue shorts. As soon as I changed and locked my stuff up, I went back upstairs to the exercise area. Upstairs, I encountered a sea of grey t shirts and grey shorts. Oooooook....this is a little weird. Then I realized that everyone was wearing the same thing! Turns out the Sports Club LA (but not Reebok for whatever reason) lends you clothes to wear while you work out.

While I can see the convenience of this, especially going to the gym without lugging a gym bag around, it was really weird. Working out with 100s of people who are all dressed the same, and you're the oddball out because you're not wearing the gym's clothes is a very bizarre experience. I felt like they were all clones and I was going to be kicked out for not conforming.

To top it all off, when I got back to the locker room and passed by the desk where you can borrow clothes, I saw that you could also borrow jockstraps.

Ok, now THAT is going too far.


marshmallow said...

i agree. that is going WAY. TOO. FAR.

what would you be doing in those jockstraps anyway in a gym? i wonder

EM said...

eeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww! it was bad enough in elementary school when they made you wear those nasty mesh shirts OVER your own clothes, but borrowing clothes from a gym??? i don't care if they've been washed. that's just creepy. other people's sweatinesses all over you. ew. ew ew ew ew ew!!!!

Anonymous said...

From Jayne: I dunno. Making less to put into my gym bag would mean it could be smaller, which I would like. I could wear my own clothes, take some spare undies, switch to their clothes, workout, take my shower (I am assuming with their towel) and then don the clean undies and my own clothes. If I had a locker, then I could keep my other stuff (shower stuff, shoes, socks) there, and the only thing I would need to bring with me would be undies and a face cloth. These would fit in my purse (trust me: everything fits in my purse.) So, no bag. Then I only need my purse and my bag that I use to carry the work stuff around. Not a bad idea. The prices are outrageous, but then, I live in Charlottesville for many reasons, one of which is that the gym does not cost that much. And an outdoor track? That is interesting. We have an indoor track (12 laps to a mile - UGH!) When we want to run outside, we just go run along the sidewalks, trails and roads ... Love your blog!

teahouse said...

Wow, that is fancy! I belong to Equinox, and I feel like they're fleecing me in membership fees.

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