Your Facility is What You Make of It (I Joined A Globo Gym)

This is the weight room of the gym I just joined.

So, if you haven’t heard, I have moved to working from home quite a bit. You know, that whole BodyByBoyle Online thing. It is kind of a big deal. Also I am working with some of the best people in the world with my online clients. No, I am not one of those coaches that just sits at the computer all day, I am still at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning six days a week to train athletes and clients. I simply needed someplace close that I could get a quick lift in.

The place that I joined at was once a Power House Gym, and trust me you can tell. I walked in today to check the place out and first saw a straight leg deadlift that make this guy look like an elite olympic lifter:


About ten feet from him was a “Bro” (Complete with Blow Out) doing some shrugs on a shrug machine.

(OK Kevin, take a deep breath. This is what it is like in the real world. Outside of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning and Cressey Performance.)

So, after being offered a free fitness consultation by a guy that looked like he spent more time tanning than lifting, I signed up. What can I lose for $10 a month ($20/month would have gotten me UNLIMITED TANNING!!! I SHIT YOU NOT!!!).


Now to the point of this post. In an ideal world, everyone would train at an MBSC, CP, IFAST, EliteFTS, etc. But when that isn’t an option you need to make the best of what you have available to you.

  1. Bring an iPod with YOUR music on it. (let me just recommend some Eminem, Rise Against, RATM, and DMX (Be the best, you see the rest, looking like they need a rest.)
  2. Focus on YOU. Don’t worry about the guy curling in the squat rack. So what? He is paying his $10/month too. Just ask how much longer he is going to be and wait your turn.
  3. Get in and Get Out: Don’t BS when you are training.Get your work done and get out. I am guessing you aren’t going to want to waste your time there anyways.
  4. Be Better Than Them: Deadlift, Do Heavy Chins, Lunges, Push Ups, Squat, Hammer Curls (You know, for grip strength), Bench. And do it all with perfect form and a shit ton of weight. Act like “it ain’t a thang,” because it isn’t.

(Just had to include this.)

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6 Responses

  1. Seth says:

    It’s alright man, we all do it (shhh, don’t tell anyone). I STILL have my 24 Hr membership just for travel purposes.

  2. Bree says:

    I go to a globo-gym, too. I have no doubts that you will be presented with many a bro-tale to share on the Fit Cast. I sure have plenty. The unlimited tanning thing is hilarious and also scary.

  3. D says:

    This is the best piece of workout advice i have heard in the last decade:

  4. PT says:

    Do you have any suggestions for a good gym in NYC? Or maybe a website where I could read about different gyms in different areas.

  5. Kevin Z says:

    Kevin L, look at it this way – there is more available to you at globo-gym than you have at home. And the other guys working out can be an inspiration – as in the “I don’t want to be like them” kind. I joined a “Work Out World” because it is close to my work. It’s definitely not an EliteFTS gym, but it does have dumbells up to 100# and plenty of free weights. The biggest pain is no chalk – that and the fact that there is only 1 squat rack that gets used for everything from squats to bent over rows to shrugs. Oh, yeah – I also have having TVs on all around me. It’s really distracting, even if much of it is ESPN. And I don’t like wearing an iPod when lifting.

    Keep up the good work (and give Marty a biscuit!)

    – Kevin Z.

  6. Craig says:

    $10/month, wtf!