As promised I stopped by the Gold’s Gym near my office to take a look around. The one thing that I found that I did like at Gold’s was that they had a neck machine. It’s only at the facility by University Mall, no other Gold’s in the area. This is the first gym I’ve ever seen one in. So, if I have a neck rehab patient who needs a gym I know where to send them.
Beyond that however, I felt like a number at Gold’s. At first they didn’t even want to let me in until I bought a memebership. They didn’t seem to understand that someone might want to look around before getting a membership. They told me I could come in if I had a free 1-day pass, but they weren’t willing to give me one. Finally after explaining what I was doing for the 4th time they finally let me look around after signing a waiver.
Beyond that complaint about the greeting, I found everything that I wanted in a gym for my patients. They do have a pool and the back machines that I recommend for good back health.
As far as cost, I now have information from two gyms, but 24-Hour Fitness was substantially less than Gold’s Gym. If you’re going to use a gym anyway then the money isn’t really a big deal to you. If you were really worried about money you wouldn’t go to a gym. They are expensive. I’ll create a cost benefit post when I’m done with a few more gyms in the area.