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Old 08-12-2011, 12:31 AM   #1
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Poster to Rippetoe: I just moved to the Big Apple, and in my part of town there is a power lifting gym where all the big mother****ers go literally just ONE block away! Unfortunately though, the price range is far too high to accommodate my broke status at a whopping $70 monthly fee with a $200 startup fee. YIKES!

The solution? Planet Fitness. The relatively new franchise has been making tons of business from newbies (like myself) and intermediates with their famous $10 a month promise and their 24hour availability on weekdays.

So the problem is that there is LITERALLY not a single Free weight Barbell. All of their free weights are DB's with the heaviest one being a few sets of 60lbs. So as a result, I can't do Cleans or anything like that, and the compound movements that I can and do do, I perform on a Smith Machine.

Rippetoe: In NYC, $200 down/$70 month is not unreasonable. NYC is expensive, and I think you should move to WF where we get $75 down and $30/month. But your choice is the real gym where you can do the program, or Planet Pussy where you cannot.
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:40 AM   #2
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:41 AM   #3
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:26 AM   #4
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I run into this question more than a handful of times each week, though it is not directly related to Starting Strength.

Far too many guys are lifting at home or at a crappy 24/7 gym and won't take the initiative to open a phone book, drive 5 extra minutes, pay $10 extra dollars, and lift at a gym that will actually allow them to reach their goals.

Either you want it or you don't. If you want it find a real gym.
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:28 AM   #5
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I run into this question more than a handful of times each week, though it is not directly related to Starting Strength.

Far too many guys are lifting at home or at a crappy 24/7 gym and won't take the initiative to open a phone book, drive 5 extra minutes, pay $10 extra dollars, and lift at a gym that will actually allow them to reach their goals.

Either you want it or you don't. If you want it find a real gym.
Or build your own.
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:29 AM   #6
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I completely agree. If you want it, make it happen. If you don't, enjoy your pencil neck and spaghetti arms.

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Old 08-12-2011, 10:35 AM   #7
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That's what I did. Cost less than I imagined. I sold a lot of items on Ebay that were collecting dust, primarily DVDs and books, and purchased a bench unit.
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:36 AM   #8
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I run into this question more than a handful of times each week, though it is not directly related to Starting Strength.

Far too many guys are lifting at home or at a crappy 24/7 gym and won't take the initiative to open a phone book, drive 5 extra minutes, pay $10 extra dollars, and lift at a gym that will actually allow them to reach their goals.

Either you want it or you don't. If you want it find a real gym.
Aye. I'm looking at driving an hour and a half on weekends to get into a good gym. Its tough when there's no where to go, but if there's something in reach, I cant see why someone wouldnt take it.
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:44 AM   #10
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I think if I was 90 minutes from a gym and didn't have the cash to buy a complete gym I would probably get adjustable dumbbells, a sandbag, and a pullup bar. That's about 200-300 bucks and I think it would work well.
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