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Quiet Gyms for irritable old men in Canberra?

By PoQ 13 July 2013 25

Dear fellow rioters –

Having achieved a certain age and degree of blobbiness, I decide that some sort of gym work would be a good idea.

To this end I went to a certain northside gym, where I thought I’d start with a dumbed-down, westernised, yoga class.

However, while waiting for the class to start, the piped doof-doof “music” in the hall had already started to give me a headache, and then while the instructor ducked out to change shirts, the music in the room was cranked up some more – unbearably so.  It made me quite cross, in my irritable-old-man way.  I had to leave.

Are there gyms out there that are quiet and not too dear?



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batmantrilogy 4:38 pm 12 Nov 15

Loud musics can act like your pre workouts and adrenaline rush .
So, quite gyms rare to be found !

Rusalka 12:59 pm 15 Jul 13

All the older generations in both mine and my partner’s family are venturing to the YMCA gym in Chifley. They all like it a lot and I believe they have Yoga classes.

Good luck. I can’t stand it either. I’ve got a membership at the gym Evan James mentioned, and it’s great if it’s empty. Otherwise they seem to have certain trainers/clients who can’t function without 104.7 blasting *shudder*

dtc 12:42 pm 15 Jul 13

The first question is ‘what does the OP want’.

Do you want (for example)

– yoga and similar classes
– weight training
– aerobic classes (not ‘aerobics’ but classes that make you pant hard)
– cardiac machines

For example, the ‘anytime fitness’ style gyms will give you weighs and machines but no classes. If you just want classes, then you dont always need a gym – for example, you can do classes only through the ANU without paying for gym (I think?). Anyway, you can do classes outside of a gym.

Yes you can work out without going to a gym. But if a gym works for you, or you dont have space for lots of weights etc, then go to a gym. I do, am an IOM, put in ‘in ear’ headphones and play my own music (not in classes, of course).

EvanJames 12:02 pm 15 Jul 13

EvanJames said :

There’s a secret, cheap, empty gym. At Majura Park, in the Masters pool building.

Argh, I mean the Kings pool building. the one with pools in it where they teach kiddies to swim. In the paddock outside Kids’n’babies’r’us at Brand Depot.

Actually the pools are mostly deserted too. i’ve seen a few older folk coming out with towels and things, so evidently they’re letting people come and do laps.

BimboGeek 8:20 am 15 Jul 13

Maybe go back and try a different class or teacher. I like Body Balance which has a set relaxing soundtrack (each quarter Les Mills sends out new music and routines) but I also like going to Ashleigh in Deakin because she enjoys it more than the other trainers.

CX Work is the Les Mills core strengthening workshop (Deakin is a Fitness First and they do Les Mills so sorry for the stupid names) and I sometimes hate it depending who is teaching but you can take a timetable and see which trainers shout at you and which ones are gentle and make your own timetable.

Then you’ll enjoy yourself a lot more. 🙂

Maybe also do what I did. I asked around people who looked like a more fit version of me and went where they go. Nobody objects to being told they look fit and asked where it happened. 😉

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