Originally Posted by Chuckanut
My problems with gyms is the incessant noise caused by TV's blasting us with loud music and commercials for everything from muscle building drinks to bank credit cards. Then the Zumba and aerobics classes start, blasting more loud music throughout the gym. Add in the grunters and groaners who drop their heavy weights with a huge BANG! Enough! I will exercise at home.
At least 1/2 the people at the gym bring their own portable music with them. Can't the gym owners take a hint?
They're income streams. Fortunately, mine doesn't have TVs blasting (you have to plug your earphones into a machine to get the sound) but there's music interspersed with commercials played through the sound system. Some songs get repeated a lot. At one point there was a commercial for downloads of workout playlists from Apple Music and the clips they played were the same as the ones we were always hering in the gym. Coincidence?
I just bought a pair of Bose headphones for when I return to the gym because I've gotten used to listening to podcasts while on my home treadmill. Earbuds weren't enough to drown out the background at the gym.
My late husband once quit a gym when they started renting out space to a Jazzercise group. He called them "the stomp and shout ladies".
As an update: I finally started venturing out on my bike. I'd given up long bike rides because I didn't have anyone to pick me up if I got a flat 8 miles out (well, other than Uber), but now I stick within a shorter radius of the house, going in and out of side streets, etc. so if I have to walk the bike back it's not too long. It feels good to be out on the bike again!