How to Pick a Gym for your Skinny Transformation Project
Welcome, fellow skinny guys, to our very first in the “How To” series! Hopefully by now you’re motivated and want to start your very own Skinny Transformation Project. You’re definitely going to need a few things: motivation, food, and a gym to have a successful skinny transformation.
How to Pick a Gym
There are many factors you should consider when trying to figure out where to plop down your money on a gym membership. We’ll go through a things that I think are important when you’re deciding on how to pick a gym.
The gym should have the right equipment
Ah, this is probably the most important one. You’re not going to get beastly in your skinny transformation by doing lifts with 5 lb dumbbells (not to say that there isn’t a place for light dumbbells, but it can’t be the only thing around!)
Here are what I consider the essentials your gym should have:
A skinny transformation friendly environment
What I mean by this, is that you should feel comfortable working out in your gym. You’re not going to ever gain weight as a skinny guy if you feel too awkward or weird to even set foot in your gym.
Case in point when I was trying to pick a gym I saw two extremes of environment. On one hand, I was doing a free trial at a gym that had a lot of stereotypical “meatheads” — 200 lb gorillas that were grunting and making lots of noise while tossing around weights. And then the gorillas would stand around talking to other gorillas about their latest debaucherous activity at the bar, oogling every girl that walks by and generally wasting time. I asked one guy if he was using a bench, and he said yes, he had a few more sets left. He then proceeded to do triceps extensions next to the bench, while using the bench as a cup holder for his waterbottle! I was less than impressed.
The next gym I checked out was almost the polar opposite of the one above. It clearly served a different clientelle. It didn’t look like anyone was trying to gain weight or muscle. Rather, everyone was pedaling away on stationary bikes or on the treadmill walking, trying to lose weight. The gym actively discouraged the “meatheads” I described above, actually so much so that there were no power racks, and free weights only went up to 40 lbs.
Finally, here are a few other important factors to consider when picking a gym, in no particular order:
- Cost: totally dependent on your financial situation. Gym memberships can cost as little as $1o/month or up to $100! Try to find a nice balance with cost as you’ll want to save some money for food to feed your skinny transformation as well.
- Hours: how flexible are the hours of operation? Does it align with your life / work schedule? I decided that I needed a gym that was basically open 24 hours because of all of the random hours I have to work. Sometimes I’ll need early morning workouts, other times late at night.
- Popularity. aka...how busy is it? Go check out the gym at prime workout hours, for instance between 5-7 pm. If it looks like you’ll have to wait 20 minutes just to get a bench, it may not be worth your time.
- The Bonuses: do they have extra perks? Free shakes ? Swimming pool? Basketball court for you to shoot around on non-workout days? Good personal trainers in case you need to ask them something? Can you bring a friend or family member for free?