I had been on a quest to find a new gym for months…and all along it was right at the end of my street.
I usually have a longterm relationship with my gym, staying a loyal member for years. However, as my approach to fitness evolved this year, my current gym did not.
It started out great. It was a new, little neighborhood gym with a $9 a month commitment. Plenty of free weights, cardio and machines, but very little open floor space. The time came to find a new home.
And I found it at Anytime Fitness right at the end of my street. It’s been there for awhile, but I shunned it because they lacked open barbell benches (it’s a 24/7 gym, but not staffed around the clock. So to avoid the 3 a.m. dude dropping the barbell on his chest issue they don’t stock that kind of equipment).
I recently went back to check it out. And lucky for me, they too evolved. Plenty of open floor space with kettlebells, balance-type equipment, bands, boxing bag and more. Everything I want for my functional fitness approach. The best part? Never crowded. Plenty of floor space for me to jump and move and swing!
I also have a lot of respect for the owner, Steve. He runs two Anytime Fitness facilities on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio. He keeps these gyms immaculate! And he makes it a fun atmosphere too. They have contests, do community work (1 lb. of Dunkin Donuts coffee if you give blood on Dec. 24) and plan group outings to sporting events.
Finding the right gym can be a pain. You want a place that has the right mix of equipment and space. A spot that is clean and evolves. I’m thrilled with my new fitness home. What do you look for in a gym? What kind of facility do you use in your hometown?