Thanks for the response. The Alexander’s gym you mentioned won’t actually open until December. Instead I found a much better place, a place that more closely meets my needs. It’s on Xinchung Bei Rd. in northern Chungli, near Chung Yuan University. It’s actually about 1.5km past (east) of the university’s “sports complex,” i.e., the swimming pool, basketball/tennis/handball courts, and track & field area that sits near the train tracks on the southern edge of the campus.
I like this place because it’s small-ish, there seems to be a limited amount of pretention among the members (not much spandex, anyway), and in general it looks like a good place to sweat, not preen. Of course, it’s a free-weight gym, not a cardio-centered place (not socially centered, either). The weights are Olympic-style, no screwed ends. Also fairly cheap: although there are a number of payment plans, the one I chose is nt$3000 up front and nt$600/mo. thereafter. The nt$3000 is a one-time initiation fee. No contract. Owner’s English name is Jack, and he seems to be ok. It looks like this place has been there forever, so I’m basically concluding that stability (cash flow) is no problem. Still, I haven’t really put that much at risk, just the nt$3000. That said, if anybody’s interested I can post the phone number and you can talk to Jack.
Now I’m just waiting for the butt/leg pain to fully set in and then go away from yesterday’s first-time-in-4-months squat “routine” (about 8 reps followed by a big yelp out of me as my rubber-band hamstrings seized up). Sheesh, just trying to get out of my chair ain’t no fun now, stairs are gonna be impossible tomorrow…