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Disappointment at the Gym  

nostalgic68 61M
109 posts
1/26/2019 10:21 am
Disappointment at the Gym

I joined the gym 5 yrs ago. I joined simply to have somewhere to go, something to do during winter. I should have joined sooner. Even at my age, except for boot camp, I think I'm in the best physical shape of my entire life. No excuse for people not to go. They are cheap. They are usually well stocked with various machines. Most have a trainer available. And... it can be a nice, safe, social outlet.

As to my disappointment, my gym just got in all new MATRIX equipment. I am amazed at the sheer cost to replace all the Life Time equipment. Yet despite the "upgrade" all the new machines to have such limited functions on top of the ergonomically uncomfortable and down right painful 30 min workout and weight machines. Low bidder? Such was my first thought but in talking to others at the gym today I was told that MATRIX is suppose to be a higher end machine than Life Fitness. That hasn't been my experience at all.

So I search around and find another gym (owned by the same group of men) that has the latest Life Fitness machines. Sooooooo much better. The treadmills offer you the ability to record your workouts. And the primary reason I now drive an extra 1/2 hr just to use these machines, you can, with one press of a button, toggle between jog/run. The MATRIX machine you have to hold the button down, waiting for it to incrementally increase/decrease in speed. No programmability. Trying holding a button while doing sprints!

Yep. Falling on deaf ears but I have to vent. At least I found some solace at my regular gym today when several others expressed the very same disappointment with the new machines. Funny how, today, newer isn't always better. Usually newer means greater complexity yet fewer actually usable functionality. I see this in the new cars now as well. All the bells and whistles. Then something breaks or ceases to operate and it costs more to fix them than to just buy a new car! The future looks bleak!

Ok, we return you to your regularly scheduled program. If this had been a real emergency I wouldn't have been here typing it out!


nostalgic68 61M
383 posts
1/26/2019 2:46 pm

Thx everyone for your comments. I honestly didn't expect to even get a view! LOL


nicelipss66 44F
23862 posts
1/26/2019 11:26 am

Sorry to hear about the equipment at your gym. but sometimes is also a matter of getting used to it.

And I agreed with you in so many points...the gym is actually very good for the mind and body...not matter how old we are. I been consistently going to the gym 5 times per week. I always go with my friends so is more like a social group...now my body looks so much better and I also feel so much better...my endurance is amazing. something that at first was a challenge. Now if I don't go one day I miss it. my body is asking me for it. is like a medicine that my body needs cause it actually ask me for it. in regards to equipment at my gym, I like it. they have so many options. and when working out with my friends, I don't even feel the time or pay much attention to the equipment cause I am always enjoying their company. I am usually always working out in a little group of 3 or 4 with them, or at least with one of them...I have lots of fun while getting in shape. I can't complaint. especially when I see the changes in my body. When I first joined the gym I was literally push by one of my friends (Brandon) to do it. he said came over and work out with us, we will pay your membership for the first 6 months and if you don't like it you stop...I said ok, And here we are, is been about 5 months and I am loving it. I am not planning on stopping. Now I am also taking a rowing training class 3 days per week. I simply love the way I feel and look and every day things just get better and better...Here is a picture of me and one of my friends at the gym this week


nostalgic68 replies on 1/26/2019 2:34 pm:
To tell the truth, I hate the gym. It is HARD! And I'm a little older than you. Also, I'm an outdoors sort of person. Would rather be hiking some mountainous trail or jogging on a sandy beach beneath the Caribbean sun! But we had a high of 6° yesterday. Gym weather! LOL

Also, I now take two days off a week from the gym. One because it takes up the entire morning but also, two, my body needs time to restore itself. Having suffered a plantar fasciitis tear a couple of years ago and learnt my lesson. A bought of sciatica also told me you have to let your body recover sometimes.

good for you. Exercise helps in so many ways. It also makes you very conscious of what you eat!

charlesmartel0 56M
175 posts
1/26/2019 11:02 am

Like I've said with electronics for so many years. Yeah, you can do volume control with up and down buttons at their pace and resolution, but sometimes you just need a knob to grab and turn, or a switch to flip instead of drilling down through menus.


nostalgic68 replies on 1/26/2019 2:38 pm:
Its the same with software. Constantly updating. In that case, not so much for improvement but rather to sell the "upgrade." Microsoft Word is an excellent example. I use to proof read, type and lay out PhD thesis for publishing with MS Word 5.1. IMHO, that was the best word processing program ever. The scripting was tight and you could load it on a Ram disk along with the OS. Now Word is bloat wear with so many features that it is actually cumbersome. But that is life in a capitalistic system.

BoobsandMore2 82M
571 posts
1/26/2019 10:46 am

My gym used to have a treadmill that went uphill and downhill, very useful for my sport. And of course it got superseded by a new one that records you, has a TV screen etc etc but it doesn't go downhill!


nostalgic68 replies on 1/26/2019 2:42 pm:
Why would you want downhill? I speed walk on the treadmill at a 10% incline for 20 min before zeroing the incline out before switching to run. The difference in incline plays mind tricks by making it feel as if you were running downhill. Works for me.

During the summers when I run trails, I do not like running down steep inclines as you are putting excessive weight on your knees and ankles. Good way to get hurt whether it is a stress fracture or an ankle injury. It is so easy to double the weight impact on your lower extremities by running down hill. I think it is wise not to have a dreadmill that inclines negatively. Besides, I have never seen one that did that.

HeartCollector 63F

1/26/2019 10:29 am

New and improved doesn’t always mean it. What surprises me is the need to make something that works, better. Things like can openers, toasters, vacuum cleaners...the list is endless.

The gladdest hours we know are those shared with a friend or two. Wilbur D. Nesbit


nostalgic68 replies on 1/26/2019 2:25 pm:
I bought a new can opener last year. LOVE IT. It cuts the can such that you have no sharp edges and you can reseal the can! So sometimes there are real improvements. But as for the toaster? LOL

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