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    Default Going to be in Glendale week of 3/2...any gym recs?

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    I have emailed Robert on the SS Gym in Phoenix, I'm just not sure I can get there in a reasonable time (30 minutes or so) or $$ (I assume uber is pricey for that drive). If that's my only option, I'll drive there. if it was a bit closer, I'd go here, without question.

    Any others that people could recommend for a 1-day 'membership' that is actually in Glendale? I'm staying at the Renaissance by the stadium and arena. A very quick google search pulled up your typical national chains, and 2 crossfit gyms that seem close.

    Thanks.

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    Are you looking for a gym to train on your own? Or do you need coaching, programming input, and/or nutrition advice? If the latter, a drive to see Santana is worth the time and money.

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    Gym to do one workout that week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpalios View Post
    Gym to do one workout that week.
    Iíll put a few details in this reply that you probably donít need, but just in case this is useful to anyone else reading.

    Start searching for black iron gyms. There probably wonít be a nearby one, because theyíre typically located in industrial areas that arenít near places where youíd get a hotel. Iím familiar with one in the area, but canít recommend it based on our experience there.

    If you canít find one nearby thatís more convenient than seeing Santana, bite the bullet and train at a big box gym. Most of the major national gym chains have adequate equipment for doing the program, with the exception of the deadlift in most cases - if the gym has hex plates and/or uneven floors, it is a bad idea.

    If Iím in your shoes Iíd look for an LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, Goldís, etc. Iíd call in advance to confirm that a drop in is possible and to confirm the price (it should be $20-30). Iíd also confirm how many power racks they have - most all gyms have at least one, but itís worth asking. The more the better - try to find a gym with 6-8, because they will be busy.

    You will need to bring your own chalk, belt, and micro plates. Youíll need to also bring an extraordinary amount of patience. There are going to be people doing inexplicable things that are a danger to themselves and perhaps even to you, depending on the extent of the nonsense. Keep your expectations low about the quality of the equipment and avoid pulling from the floor unless you can confirm that they have round plates and a platform (many of the big chains are adding these now).

    There are hidden dangers too: Slippery barbells that slide down your back. Managers that wonít let you use chalk (ask for forgiveness, not permission and leave the place cleaner than you found it). Foot traffic thatís so close to the racks that itís possible to get bumped into mid-rep. Aggressive gym members that are eager to create conflict. ďExpert-lifterĒ gym members spotting your set without your request or permission - this is worse that stealing your rep on the bench, I have had a guy come up and try to hug me from behind during a heavy set of squats.

    Itís bleak. Good luck navigating. My recommendation is to avoid the risks and to support a fellow community member thatís making his living doing this (Santana).
    Last edited by Ray Gillenwater; 02-23-2020 at 11:42 PM.

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    For Big box if you can't find a powerlifting gym:

    LA Fitness has recently rebranded some of their locations to "Esporta Fitness." These locations have gone 24hr and have put in platforms with bumper plates. (The regular LA Fitness locatons usually have the 12-sided plates.) There is one on Thomas Rd in Phoenix ~6mi from where you are staying. Also EOS Fitness has platforms and bumper plates. They have several locations.

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