I know that many Performance Menu readers must be troubled by the following question: In a world of affordably-priced and convenient big-box health clubs that all offer perfect atmosphere for training gains and lots of different fringe benefits, how to choose? Which is more worth your 15 dollars a visit-- the economy of 24 Hour Fitness, or the classic tradition of Gold's Gym? Which fringe benefit will better further your quest for elite strength and power-- The lunk alarm of Planet Fitness, or the Juice Bar of LA Fitness?
And since all inquiry here at the PMenu is always conducted in the spirit of scientific inquiry, we must not limit ourselves to second-hand information or conjectural theorizing: Only personally-collected empirical evidence will do.
LA Fitness, Las Colinas at Irving
Price for 1-day walk in: $15
Ratio of Cardio machines: Weight machines:set benches: squat racks: ~5:4:3:1.
Ratio of Men to Women: 3:2
Ratio of ATTRACTIVE Men to Women: At least 5:1
Gaydar Reading: 7.3 (NTTAWT...!
Piece of training equipment worth having: Multipulley system has this opening between the ergonomic chin-up grips that's just big enough for you to put a leg through when you're lowering down through a 1-leg lever. That and dumbbells to at least 125 pounds.
Number of olympic weightlifting platforms complete with jerk racks and werk-san training sets:
Number of guys clearly on a rigorous vitamin supplementation program: 2. 1 of whom actually accompanied at least 50% of his sets with the exclamation, "Yeeeeah, BUDAAAAAY! LIGHTWEIGHT!!!"
Number of overweight or obviously untrained girls ordered to do 'plyometrics' by their LA Fitness trainers: At least 10.
Number of girls doing chin-ups: 1 (Hey, not bad...
Number of Males in tight jeans and backless tank-tops with nipples showing humping the air as they incline bench press 155: One too many.
Lamest performance (besides author incline benching 135): Two 235 pound+ dudes arguing about whether to use wrists-in or wrists-out grip on 30-pound-fixed weight EZ curl bar.
Most impressive performance: Guy who weighed ~100 kilos DLing 365 for a couple sets of 6-9 reps without maximal effort and good tech.
Cost of 16 ounce Banana Bliss Smoothy with two scoops of whey protein: ~$6-7.