[quote=“urodacus”]Why on earth does anyone need a gym membership, when 6 kettle weights of different sizes and 2 sets of resistance straps delivered to your own home cost less than 1000 NTD?
It seems impossible that’s a serious comment, but since there’s nothing in the OP’s statement that would provoke a sarcastic comment, I guess we have to assume you actually believe this nonsense?
Anyway, lifting weights is the best way to lose weight and get fit, and the best place to do that is in a full gym with all the equipment. Kettle bells and straps can be a part of a good workout and a lot of gyms have them, but that on it’s own would be very far from comprehensive. If that was the only reason, that in itself would be plenty to get people to buy a gym membership. But that’s not the only reason is it? Lifting weights is a very healthy and enjoyable hobby. I don’t imagine you do, but a lot of people actually like lifting. It’s a hell of a lot more fun than watching TV isn’t it? Lastly, it’s a great way to get out of the house and be around people. Maybe you have friends that workout at the gym, or you’re going there for the purpose of meeting new friends. Either way, it’s a great social hobby as well. Spending a few bucks a month for all that is money very well spent.
If a person was out of shape and anti-social, your comment would make sense. But in that case I would imagine a gym membership would be more suitable for you than anybody else out there. [/quote]
A few takeaways from me:
gym going often does NOT make you lose weight. It does make you lose FAT. Which is great.
American gyms are very antisocial. In the sense that they are generally far from “social” places.
The Norm here is to go to the gym and do your thing and get out. People there often do NOT want to socialize. And most people don’t even exchange any pleasantries whatsoever.
People go in with their headfones on and carry out their routine and leave. Or listen to loud music blasting away in the gym.
IN Taiwan, gyms were places you socialize a bit and you CAN and do make friends. But in my last 15 years of gym going in the USA, it is very much NOT the case here. At least in California at the gyms I go to.
People generally only chitchat with those they come with or already know. But you can’t really use the place as a pick up zone . People are there to work their routines and most time themselves quite religiously.