25 October 2007

New Gym II

As we track back to my earlier entry of the new gym back in May 2007, I am sad to announced that the gym has gone belly up since last month.

Over the 5 months or so, it was obvious that the gym wasn't going to survive for long. For starters, I was probably the only active and regular user of the gym and that was including several peppered stints of absence as I was traveling and yet I am the most active user in their list. Sheesh. It started from a gym with 3 attendants nightly, to a dark locked gym with a notice pasted on the glass door that says "To use gym, call Mr Zhou at xxxx-xxx-xxxx". Call that number and a staff (presumably Mr Zhou but I could have sworn it was a different person everytime. Hmm... how come Mr Zhou today got neh neh one?) will show up within a few minutes to unlock the door for your access.

From May on, it was the summer months and the air-conditioning weren't in use which was probably their effort to cut costs. I don't really mind not having the air-conditioning considering the fact that the Singapore Sports Council gym at the ex-Kallang Stadium was of similar conditions. Besides, it is good to work a good sweat. No?

Perhaps, I should give myself a pat on the back for having the foresight to avoid buying their term membership. Instead, if you would recall, I opted to pay on a per-use basis. Then again, their term membership scheme was really stupid and whoever did the pricing obviously didn't put any brains into it. That is assuming that the idiot had brains to begin with.

Let me cite an example.

It costs RMB 20 per use while a 1-month term membership is RMB 600. That is RMB 20 x 30. Who goes to gym 30 days a month?? Stupid right? The rest of the membership tiers namely quarterly, half-yearly and annually were all priced on the same arithmetic. I supposed it takes an even greater moron to ACTUALLY buy the membership?

So anyway, after the gym had gone bust, I returned to the previous gym at the golf club when a friend asked me to check out another gym slightly down the street where he is a member.

I was impressed with the full range of machines even though they weren't spanking new. That's ok with me so long as they function properly. There are also trainers in attendance offering assistance at no charge unless you sign up for a personal training program. It's a split level gym with the weights and machines on the ground floor (picture above) and the cardio machines like treadmill, stationary bike, stair-master, ski-master etc. above and an aerobics studio next to it. Wednesdays are to be avoided as the bladdy place is over-crowded due to the yoga/pilates class. More women, you think? No. More men! Not for the yoga/pilates class either.

Go figure!

The only crying shame is the locker and shower area. It is in shambles. The shower door cannot be closed resulting in my ass in full glory of the steam room directly opposite. I seriously hope the "steam" in steam room has only got 1 meaning.

Still, the place beats the one at the golf club coz here got kaki to gym with and so I plonked down for a 50-times membership which I reckon I should use up within half a year, assuming a twice-a-week schedule.

Keeping fingers crossed that they don't go bust so fast and fixed the dang shower door! Dammit!

- Voxeros

1. Red Queen left...
Thursday, 25 October 2007 8:47 am
No wonder yesterday backside pain.....

2. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 25 October 2007 9:44 am :: 
Red Queen: Oi.... it's the exercise bike lah!!! >.<

3. Red Queen left...
Thursday, 25 October 2007 11:07 am
Orh.. if you say so....

4. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 25 October 2007 11:43 am :: 
Red Queen: Yeah. I say so. *hatching evil RQ plan on Monday*

5. Red Queen left...
Thursday, 25 October 2007 1:48 pm
Hatch lor... iScared.... ( yeah right) so far away what can u do to me.... Ask all your minions to TEH si me ah???

6. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 25 October 2007 4:03 pm :: 
Red Queen: Can ask the xmm around you to teh si you lor.

7. hitomi left...
Thursday, 25 October 2007 11:15 pm
!! O_o

8. JayWalk left...
Friday, 26 October 2007 7:36 am :: 
hitomi: You what happen? One eye big, one eye small? Come, I punch your eye to make it balance....

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