I go to this itty bitty local community gym, where there’s literally one of each machine, expect for the treadmills of course (there’s always a gazillion of those at every single fitness center). There is not a whole lot of space between each station and the cool down/stretching area can only fit up to three mats at a time.
Why then do I like it, you ask? Welllll, there’s another recreation center less than two minutes’ drive from this one that’s bigger and better; it has a swimming pool and the whole nine yards. The POINT is that no one ever comes my way so it’s never crowded which leaves us with a perfect people to machine ratio.
We’re located near a retirement home and the residents there attend our gym on senior circuit days. I LOVE working out among elderly people, they’re so cheerful and sociable and they always have a way of making you smile. They’re definitely an inspiration!
Other than those seniors, there is a small group of us “regulars” whose faces I enjoy seeing each morning. Even though we don’t often exchange more than three words, I feel comfortable alongside these consistent members. We share a similar interest and goal so its an instant connection. I appreciate the commitment, discipline, focus, and determination these individuals bring, without knowing they have encouraged and influenced me in many ways. I only hope the feeling is mutual…
For me, it’s the sense of community/connection that sets my gym apart from the others.
Bigger isn’t always better.