Today was a rest day for me mostly because my fisherman and I went to Seattle for the day. He wanted to go to the Fisherman’s Expo and I wanted to check out gyms near my new work.
I toured two gyms in the Ballard part of Seattle, Olympic Athletic Club and Ballard Health Club. Olympic is massive! So many different rooms with tons of cardio, weight and other equipment. And they have a pool, albeit only 20 yards long, it is still a pool. Ballard Health Club was considerably smaller, with one main room that housed cardio and weight equipment. I liked the vibe I got when I walked into Ballard Health Club, but they just don’t offer all the things I’m looking for in a gym. What are the things I’m looking for in a gym?
- Nice cardio equipment
- Good selection of group classes, especially spin class
- Extra amenities like sauna, Jacuzzi, nice locker room
- Pool, preferable 25 yards
- Reasonable price
I think I may have found all of these things at Olympic. I have a free trial until the end of the month and then I’ll make a decision. What kinds of things do you look for in a gym?
In other slightly related fitness news… We went to REI while in Seattle, and as we were pulling into the parking garage, we saw a car with a bike on the roof about to pull into the low clearance lot as well. I made eye contact with the driver and pointed at the bike mouthing the words “no, your bike can’t fit” because I didn’t think they remembered that their bike was there. Well, they decided to go for it anyway, and I witnessed a bike being smashed by a horizontal concrete poll. I tried, I tried.
Also, it is puking snow here in Bellingham right now. It wasn’t snowing in Seattle, but we were greeted with it about 5 miles south of Bellingham. There is probably a good 3 inches on the ground and it doesn't look like it is going to stop. I purchased snowshoes today and I think we’re going to go for a walk in the mountains tomorrow! Yahoo! Don’t even want to deal with the craziness that is going to be at Mt. Baker tomorrow for opening day…yikes.
Guess I won’t be running outside for a couple days…or will I?