What a difference a year makes! It's been just over a year since I left my big-nationwide-chain health club and joined my current gym. This morning, as I walked back to my office after my workout, I passed ye old health club. It was packed. Every single piece of cardio equipment that I could see through the streetside windows was occupied.
Now, rewind to my earlier workout - the gym was also pretty packed. In fact, I had to wait to use the assisted chin/dip station once I was done with my squats, lunges and bench. Biggest differences were that the treadmills, steppers and recumbant bikes were mostly empty, and I was one of perhaps 3 women training during the typical lunchtime rush.
A friend asked me why I thought there were so few women at my gym - my response, while a bit tongue in cheek is most likely accurate: because there are no personal televisions at each cardio machine.
I totally understand, too. Unless it's an intense interval workout, I can't stand to do "cardio" unless I'm in front of the boob tube. At home, my Tivo is my best friend while I'm on the treadmill. I can read while on a bike or a stepper, but give me television if I'm running indoors or slaving away on the elliptical :) But as much as I enjoyed the personal TVs at my old gym, I had to leave. It was virtually impossible to get a decent lifting workout. And in the long run, that was more important to me than keeping up with daytime television.
Which leaves me wondering how I (we) can get more women under a barbell, rather than devoting all their energy on "burning calories" or the next biggest new-age studio workout (ps, I love yoga, but I hate when yoga studios advertise how many calories you're burning. Oy.).