I’ve been a member of the same fitness center for approximately ten years.
I joined when the facility first opened.
Over the years, the membership fee has increased a bit, but the amenities have also improved. The establishment keeps up with the latest models of exercise equipment. There are multiple styles of treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, stair climbers and rowing machines. There is every type of weight training machine to target specific muscles, along with free weights, incline benches, resistance bands, medicine balls and battle ropes. The locker rooms are always kept clean and stocked with towels. My only complaint is that every January, there is an influx of new members. The gym offers discounts on memberships at Christmas and the end of the year trying to bring in new people. I realize that new members are important for the continued success of the fitness center. However, it brings in lots of people who aren’t serious about their training. They don’t dress properly for working out and don’t know how to use the equipment. It means that I often need to wait for a specific machine to be free for me to use. Sometimes, these new members fail to wipe down the equipment when they are finished with it. They sign up for the group classes, filling the available spots and then often fail to show up. They linger in the showers, leave things in the lockers and drop their dirty towels on the floor. By the end of February, the majority of them have quit and the gym goes back to normal.