Long-time readers know that I routinely go to an old ladies’ gym. That’s how I justify my mocha lattes.
It’s a form of circuit training which I like because of my very short attention span. It’s similar to that of a flea, especially when exercising which I absolutely hate.
I am one of the youngest there. I love that. They think I am gorgeous. (Ok, so some are a bit myopic.)
Within the past year the chain was sold to a new owner and we saw changes — universal paint colors and wall hangings for example. Home office was trying to make all the gyms look alike, just like the restaurant chains do.
They also got rid of all the kitschy stuff and dead plants. Customers weren’t affected although there was a lot of “what if-ing” at my local gym.
Who really cares if the walls are cream or vanilla or ecru?
There was a big regional meeting with more changes. I asked the owner about the meeting and her perspective. What a can of worms! Not all from her either. Every person there had an opinion even though they didn’t know the facts.
You gotta love opinionated old ladies! Their stories are a lot like Bullwinkle’s Fractured Fairy Tales!
Some equipment is going to be eliminated because they have been injury prone. (That’s a good thing, isn’t it? Not if it’s your favorite!)
A big screen TV will be installed and Jillian Michaels DVD’s will give instructions. (That should be interesting – change it up a bit. Get the group MOVING.)
There’s a new clothing line coming and weight loss strategies.
The average age of the women in my gym has to be around 75. Don’t be fooled by that number though. They are feisty AND THEY DON’T LIKE CHANGE!
I don’t think they like exercising either. Some, like me, come in, work their butt off and get out. Others come in and chat. They are there when I come and they are still there when I leave, hanging on the equipment with occasional movement. I don’t see a bead of perspiration either.
No judgment here. If that’s your socialization, it’s ok with me.
I understand what the corporate office is doing. They are hoping to create some excitement with visible results to attract more customers, younger customers – a younger clientele who will live longer and pay membership fees. YES, THAT’S A GOOD THING!
Younger women don’t need socialization at a gym. They need to tone up or lose weight or both. They aren’t as concerned about what happened on Gray’s Anatomy. They like it changed up and they like the music loud so they can get into it.
As for the clothing line, the biggest complaint is that there won’t be enough sizes in XXL and XXXL’s. I can see that a large stock of those sizes doesn’t bode well for a gym but that’s only me.