Wasting time in the global gym and barbell exercises in Part 1 of this article (rant) were only part of what the recent journey. Like most people, I have no room or desire to have a gym at the house and already have a gym membership. If this battle against the bulge were to succeed, I needed access to my preferred method of exercise, barbell training. And not only access, but the ability to get the work done without endless waiting for the few pieces of equipment that my current gym used.
After leaving the gym in frustration, I went home and surfed the net looking for a gym that would meet the parameters mentioned in Part 1. Having just started using the highly regarded Starting Strength method of training, it would be nice to find a place that had the proper equipment and lots of it. Surfed around the net and found a couple of places worth checking out and made plans to visit them during the times I could train.
Having already decided to check out a few gyms, I went back to surfing the Starting Strength website to find out when and where they had seminars for coaching in proper exercise form. Lo and behold out of the eleven Starting Strength gyms in the world two happen to be in Maryland! Now that changed everything. They were farther than I wanted to travel, 40 minutes to one hour, but the goal is more important. At least I could check one of them out because there were other options closer.
Several evenings later I made the trek to Baltimore and visited Fivex3 Training and was immediately greeted by Diego who asked if he could be of any help. As I looked around I could tell this was the kind of place where people came to better themselves. There were no endless rows of machines , and people were actually training, not pumping and primping. Told Diego that I was interested in training and I was introduced to the owner Emily Socolinsky. She was very kind and gracious with her time, answered a TON of questions and a half hour later I was out the door.
It was a struggle for over a week. I had goals that I wanted to attain but I am also currently debt free. Did I want to spend the money? Did I want to drive 40 minutes just to get there? I had the time, I had the money. My current gym membership was useless since one could not count on being able to use the equipment. The coaching would help insure that one could lift in proper form and progress through the system in the best possible manner. So on my birthday last month I made the call and signed up.
Part 3 will go into the basics of Starting Strength method and what its like training at Fivex3 in Baltimore.