50 Dollars for a Day Pass

(Note:  We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled broadcasting soon.  This week is crazy busy.)

Last weekend I drove to the University of Delaware to see old friends and watch two awesome percussion recitals.  My little brother from Phi Mu Alpha, Nick McGill played his graduate percussion recital and blew me away with how talented he’s become in the past 6 years.  Annie Rae Chernow played her junior percussion recital, and they were two of the best performances I’ve seen in quite some time.  Here’s a picture of Ms. Chernow and myself after her performance:

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In addition to seeing two good performances, I ate loads of unhealthy delicious foods and was able to include two solid workouts into my schedule.  We had planned for Sunday morning Hill Sprints, but there was a group decision to swap those for relaxation time…aka we all slept late.

On my way down to Newark on Friday night I was able to stop at Iron Sport Gym in Glenholden Pennsylvania.  I’ve been trying to lift there each time I head to UD, and it never disappoints.  Where else will you have to wait 20 minutes for a squat rack at 8:30 on a Friday night?

Here are videos of one of my squats and deadlifts from this workout:

On Saturday afternoon I managed to sneak in a complete workout at Fusion Fitness in 57 minutes, which is super fast for me.  Here’s my Fitocracy log of the workout, and below is a hip flexor stretch/band pull apart I did in between my sets of bench pressing:

I hate changing my training schedule, so it’s nice to find facilities to train at and stay on track.  You simply pay for a day pass, fill out any “Please-don’t-get-hurt” paperwork, and you’re good to go!  At Iron Sport, the day pass was $10, and at Fusion, it was $15.  $25 to train for the weekend.  I agree with Macklemore that paying $50 for a t-shirt is getting swindled and pimped, but I’d be more than willing to pay $50 for a day pass.

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While chatting with the friends I was visiting, I invited them to go each gym with me, to which they asked, “How much is it?”  Upon hearing $10 or $15, one responded, “My gym costs that per month!”  We spent a moment discussing fitness economics, and I realized that I wouldn’t have a problem paying $10 or $15 per workout to train.  If I train 4 times per week, that would be $40 for the week and $160 for the month.  I’d push the Prowler outside to work on my tan.  I’m half kidding.

As a dedicated lifter, paying for a day pass isn’t a big deal.  We’re paying for the training effect and the emotional comfort received from exercising.  It’s akin to a runners high, but there aren’t barbells sitting out in public spaces for you to lift.

I believe my lifting compatriots will agree with me.  There’s value in paying extra to train where you are, to focus on your training schedule, that outweighs a dollar-per-minute or dollar-per-pound amount.  I’d venture to say that the folks who share this belief are the same ones who will seek organic foods when they have the option, who find high quality supplements when necessary, and who invest energy into the behavior and practice of fitness.

I dream of a world where questioning the cost of  a day pass is non-existent.  We travel, map out the closest facility, sign our waivers, and get under the bar.  That’s the norm in some training circles, but due to the popularity of the large, machine-and-cardio fitness center, it’s going to take some time to change.

Until then, I’ll save my money from T-shirts and put it towards day passes.  And fur coats.

 

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