One of the cool things about doing so much traveling is that I get to visit a bunch of different gyms. Most people assume that the quality of your training has to diminish when you’re on the road because of scheduling, logistics, and the fact that you’re not working out in your familiar training environment. Not so. In fact, I find that most every gym will have something different than what I’m used to – a certain weight machine, a piece of cardio gear, a cable or free weight apparatus – and I always try to use them. Because anything new that offers variety and keeps the body guessing will always yield great results.
Also, “touring” all of these different gyms reminds me how much the vibe of a health club can vary from place to place. With some gyms, you walk in the door and immediately want to start heaving the big weight around. Such has been the case this week, as I’ve been doing some recording at Neil Zaza’s studio here in Cleveland, and training at a gym near the hotel called “Rocco’s.” Hell, even the name gives you an idea of what to expect. Tons and tons of weathered dumbbells and battered plates of iron, all racked and stacked amidst an assortment of old school “torture chamber” weight machines, in a huge room with no AC; only industrial fans circulating warm summer air. I mean, you can actually feel the light condensation on the barbells and rubber flooring! But…it has a great fucking vibe. And I’ll take that over some sterile, white-walled health spa, with 37 TVs and enough chrome and neon to fill a small casino.
Which brings us to the point: Where do you do most or all of your training, and does the environment inspire you? If yes, cool. If not, really think about either adjusting the environment (if possible) or finding a different one. It can be that important to the long-term success of your regimen.
Food for thought…