There have been rumors for quite some time now, but when I got to my gym this morning I was handed a flier saying my gym is closing next month! The good thing is there is a gym that just opened a half mile from my house that is just an old school gym, no showers, no locker rooms, just machines, cables and free weights and some cardio equipment. Just my style!
My gym is very similar to your new gym. The market here in town is pretty “Trophy Wife Chi-chi” though. That keeps the foofies going to the places with latest machines and fads. I love my fitness facility: very basic, no showers, few machines, lots of iron and equipment, plenty of friendly and motivating people. You’re lucking out.
Miss the gyms of old. When I was 18 I started working out at a gym (the cheapest place I could find) in a rough part of town in Miami. It was called Brodie’s gym. It was owned by a retired Miami Police Captain. He was gruff and didn’t take any shit from anyone. The place was 5 blocks away from the Miami Dade criminal courthouse along the Miami River. It was filled with rough looking guys that worked along the river, 80s drug dealer types, judges, lawyers, cops, doctors from the nearby county hospital. Everyone got along. It was quite a diverse crowd. The equipment was old as dirt, rusty, dirty, and had some had to be from the 60s. The floor was covered in astroturf that Brodie must have bought cheap from some football stadium renovation because it still had all the numbers and hash marks on it though they were faded.