I wonder what would happen to the world of fitness if people were willing to hep others? What would happen if there were people at every gym who kept an eye out for bad form and corrected it for you? What if gyms had their staff walk the floor and actually answer questions? Do you think your progress would get better? Do you think you'd deal with less injuries?
I can tell you from personal experience, that a place like this exists. Yes, there is a gym where you are more than just a number in their system. There is a gym where you can ask questions and get a detailed answer. There is a gym that has people who will help you learn to squat or deadlift and they won't expect you to do personal training in order to receive that help. There is a gym where they provide a learning experience rather than just collect your dues.
I am sure you are wondering where this gym is. Finding a gym like this is a goldmine and something everyone who is serious about their training wants to do. Before I reveal the name and location of this gym, I want to talk more about the programs they have going on.
At this gym, there is a giant whiteboard with a bunch of “teams” listed. Yes, the list includes “Strongman”, “Powerlifting”, “Bodybuilding”, “Cross-fit”, etc. Members are encouraged to add themselves to one of the “teams”. Why? These teams meet on certain days during the week to workout together! They help each other out by encouraging one another to have an intense workout. They become friends based upon their shared goals.
I define innovation as “giving people something they didn't know they needed” and that's exactly what this gym does on a regular basis. They come up with innovative ways to train. They come up with innovative ways to use the equipment. They provide innovative events that create a learning environment.
Alright, so it is time to reveal where this gym is located. The gym I am referring to is Metroflex Gym in Long Beach, California. The two guys who own the place, Eddie Avakoff and Chris Albert, are very passionate about the fitness lifestyle. Let me tell you about my experience with these two guys.
Upon my first trip into the gym when it opened, I was greeted by first name by Chris. He and I had exchanged a few emails prior to the gym opening and so he knew exactly who I was. The next time I was in the gym I met Eddie. He spent 30 minutes chatting with my son and I about the unique ways in which we could use the equipment to get a different kind of workout. He talked to my son about the importance of eating right and even showed him a bunch of small books he had on the subject.
After some time, I approached Chris about some issues I was having. He agreed to help me out and his fee was extremely reasonable. What I noticed more than the low fee was the detailed nature Chris brought to the problem (my nutrition). In addition, the follow through was tremendous. He has me check in with him 3 times a week. He is always asking how my energy is. He is truly concerned with the results I get.
These guys are the real deal. The pricing of the membership is cheap. You owe it yourself to look these guys up. All contact information is located at http://metroflexlbc.com.