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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
June 25, 2019
This post weekend, I had yet another crazy excursion into science fiction. Every year, The Loft Cinema in Tucson hosts the all night Sci-Fi Slumber Party. Due to my issues with money right now, I wasn’t going go until my friends got me a ticket. So yeah, spending all night watching movies might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a tradition for me. This year, they had a decent mix of classic sci-fi this year. They kicked it off with the 1956 version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” you know the one that is an overt criticism of communism and has a hopeful and pro-government ending (the 1978 version with Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy is my fav version of course). We then watched “Aliens,” which is always a popular choice at The Loft as the feminists in the crowd go nuts especially when Ripley is armed to the teeth ready to smack some xenomorph ass, but still takes a quick second to make sure her hair is parted properly (“It just shows she wants to destroy hive minded monsters but also wants to be on fleek while doing it.”) We then watched a different take of feminism in “Barbarella,” which in reality I needed to be high to watch. I mean what the heck were they smoking n the 60s? We followed it up with the more modern “Upgrade,” which surprisingly was incredibly good and I will be looking to add to my permanent collection. “Galaxy Quest” and “Event Horizon” were the two final choices of the night, which are just guilty pleasures when it comes to science fiction cinema. I mean, at the end of “Event Horizon,” is there anyone scarier than Sam Neill ripping out his eyes and telling everyone they were literally going to hell?
Anyway, one thing we always do is come up with our own all-night sci-fi line-up. I would probably start off with something older, like “The Road Warrior.” I would follow it up with something newer and more modern, like “Dredd.” We would then follow it up with something weird and psychedelic like “The Visitor,” which just shows Italians make the craziest films. The requisite big name cheesy movie would be “Time Cop” (because we need something with Arnie, Stallone or Jean-Claude). Since the end of the night is important, go with something light and silly like “Zardoz” (Sean Connery in a bikini!) and then end it with “Pandorum,” which is ridiculously underrated. Perfect! Now of course, I am not the program director at The Loft, but that would be my line-up. Either way, the nice thing about making these sort of decisions is what makes life kinda interesting. For me, a lot of things are changing once again, and now I have to start looking for a secondary gym for my personal use. For the time being, I to do a lot of stuff at home, and even then, that might be a good idea. But how do you choose? What are the factors?
FACTOR 1: HOW DOES IT FIT INTO YOUR CURRENT FITNESS LEVEL
Now in the modern world of fitness, just about all of the gyms fall into subsets. You got your beginner corporate gyms, advanced corporate-style gyms (often times locally owned or are am immersive corporate chain like Lifetime Fitness), Crossfit boxes, private gyms and personal workout equipment. I am sure there are more subsets, but these are the main gym styles within the industry. Now for me, since my cardio has gone a little south and I am recovering from my back problems, going to a Crossfit box might not be the best decision for me. However, most gyms would fit my lifestyle, so I feel I have a lot of choice in my corner. I could probably succeed at most gyms, but I don’t think some beginner gyms like Chuze or Planet Fitness would benefit me. Since I have an aversion to machines, I would probably go with Gold’s or possibly VASA. Just saying. Now of course, price is the big thing for me, so there is the grand, open world of Youtube workouts. I mean, people put this stuff out there for all to see. This is especially good if you are into yoga and aerobics. Anyway, choose carefully and make sure you can afford it!
FACTOR 2: PROXIMITY AND COST
Here is the easiest factor to work with. Is the gym you are going to near you? Now this seems like a good question on whether you would go to said gym, and this is something that is remarkably open ended in the discussion department. Some people believe the proximity of the gym is helpful due to the fact you will actually go. Not spending too much time going between your home and the gym is helpful, for it makes the routine much easier to maintain. Heck, if you live close enough you can walk or bike to the gym. Bonus points for the fitness! However, this is where some of the more philosophical thinkers like myself take over. With all others gyms everywhere, why are so many people still skipping out. I once did research on the subject, indicating the gym industry is a 22-billion dollar industry….and half the people were not even using their membership to their fullest extent. There is a reason why you see these “gym flippers” who look at running a gym like real estate. It is a genius idea, taking cues from McDonald’s playbook. If you own the gym, have someone franchise the gym without having to establish a singular name so therefore, you don’t run into issues with branding and marketing and let the individual franchisees determine the gym type. So here is a scenario….if you are only spending 10 bucks a month for a gym membership, you might be more likely to skip gym days because it is just not that big of an expense in your life. This is why I think more personalized gyms and boutique gyms have an advantage. Some people are more likely to stay consistent due to the cost, and while they can be a challenge due to the cost, it might be easier to create consistency in this market. Now of course, there is no real definitive research on the subject, but it will always come down to the person doing this. Parsons Training has never been that close to me, but I have maintained a good regimen for the longest time. So what is the real answer? Well, that leads go the next one…
FACTOR 3: ARE YOU COMMITTED TO ACTUALLY DOING THIS
This should be a no-brainer for all of the people involved. Are you really looking to make a significant change in your life and make this work for you? Some people casually say yes and then go to the gym taking selfies. Some people are just there to show off or try to be an influencer. But for the most part, I look at people that actually go to the gym because they want to. Most people who are at the gym usually don’t post very much, mainly because they are just too busy doing their own thing. I mean, when you are in the middle of a “every minute on the minute” workout, you are not going to take extra time to do a well posed selfie. While I am not one of these people that claim people who post a lot of their workout stuff are not narcissist, this often times means they spend a ton of time at the gym. Maybe too much. Oh well. Anyway, you cannot casually go into this without a real plan. Think of it like an all-night movie fest. I took a nap, did a lot of walking during the day to burn some calories and scrounged up some change for coffee near midnight. I made the whole night without falling asleep, even though “Barbarella" was insanely bizarre and remarkably slow. I guess the plot idea “let’s show Jane Fonda’s perfect body in as many skimpy outfits as possible” is just not enough to sell an interesting story. Anyway, you must be ready to make that commitment.
These are just a few points to take into consideration when it comes to choosing a gym that fits you. Take them into consideration and happy hunting!
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