Quiet Gyms for irritable old men in Canberra?

PoQ 29 May 2020 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?

cheers

poq.

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Mike Crowther Mike Crowther 5:09 pm 13 Jul 13

I’m over 55. I joined Flames Fitness at Lyneham. Can’t recommend them highly enough. Tell them what you want to achieve, turn up and do what they tell you and it will happen. As for the music? Not a big fan of ‘doof’ myself, but this can be circumvented by using an ipod or MP3 player. Put the headphones on and listen to your own beat while you work out.

sepi sepi 5:11 pm 13 Jul 13

there’s plenty of yoga classes or pilates classes held outside of gyms.

If you want to avoid the bright lights and the doof, try a community hall yoga session or two.

gospeedygo gospeedygo 5:29 pm 13 Jul 13

Try some Ethical Nutrients, it’ll clear you right up.

Deref Deref 5:31 pm 13 Jul 13

Mike Crowther said :

I’m over 55. I joined Flames Fitness at Lyneham. Can’t recommend them highly enough. Tell them what you want to achieve, turn up and do what they tell you and it will happen. As for the music? Not a big fan of ‘doof’ myself, but this can be circumvented by using an ipod or MP3 player. Put the headphones on and listen to your own beat while you work out.

I second Mike’s recommendation for Flames though, as an IOM, I detest the doof and mindless Autotune-infested pop music that they play. Thankfully it’s rarely very loud and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones plugged into my phone playing podcasts of interesting wireless programs blocks out all but the worst of this rubbish.

Martlark Martlark 6:26 pm 13 Jul 13

As an aspiring IOM and a gym junky I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had to ask for the staff to : “TURN IT DOWN!”. Unfortunately the staff have been told by management they must keep the music on. You’ll not get far complaining. Just use it as an exercise in developing inner calm.

canberrarunner canberrarunner 6:30 pm 13 Jul 13

Best kept secret in Canberra, http://www.flexible4life.com.au/. I have been going there for years now. Am 65.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 8:46 pm 13 Jul 13

This thread is lol

Genie Genie 12:03 am 14 Jul 13

I’d recommend Trick Fitness any day over Flames Fitness. Same concept, roughly the same price you get a trainer working with you for what you want. However is costly. Prob cost you about $2500-$3000 for a year. I used to pay $660 for 12 weeks at Flames and that was sometime ago. But as a female I felt quite ignored and mistreated at Flames, would never go back again.

On the cheaper option. I currently train at Fit N Fast Belco, only $8 a week for a restricted membership or $12 for a full membership where you can bring a friend when you train. I haven’t noticed the gym being overly loud music wise but they don’t have any classes. Hence the cost being low.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 8:25 am 14 Jul 13

Quiet Gyms for irritable old men don’t tend to last very long.

OverLord OverLord 9:37 am 14 Jul 13

I would have thought with the cancellation of Foreshore that the level of doof-doof music would have dropped off along with the number of guys working on their arms?

At any rate, try the gym at the AIS. Small gym, lots of gear/machines, no meatheads, there is still music on but it’s not cranking.

OpenYourMind OpenYourMind 10:14 am 14 Jul 13

Here’s some thoughts, some or all of which may help or may not apply to you:
A gym is not the only answer to getting fit. In my opinion, often the decision to join a gym is the first mistake beginners make. They somehow imagine all those wonderful programs, shiny machines and expensive gym fees are what will make them fitter and then kind of miss the fact that no matter what, the hard work needs to still be put in. Gyms make heaps out of people paying up front and quickly losing interest.
If you are looking for something a little more sedate, at least in music, a dedicated yoga class might be a better choice.
If you are looking for some resistance training, it might be easier to get a personal trainer to create a program for you, and then if you have the space get some equipment for your home. Then just get the trainer to check your form now and then. In total that might well cost you lots less than a gym membership and you can listen to whatever music you damn well like.
No matter what, slowly building some cardio into your workout that gets your heart rate higher and holds it there is worthwhile. There’s lots of things you can do that don’t involve music that you don’t like. If your joints are up to it, fast walking and or slow jogging on soft surfaces is great for your cardio. Or you can try what is now the middle aged fad of thee 2000s, cycling. You’ll find that there are heaps of 40+ people getting into cycling these days and it’s a fantastic activity. Best of all, it usually involves a coffee stop at a cafe!
Finally, surrounding yourself with like minded people who are enjoying their exercise will do wonders for your own motivation.

miz miz 10:31 am 14 Jul 13

Skip the gym and spend the membership money on a treadmill. Then you can walk briskly whilst listening to your own music, watching tv, or just in blissful peace and quiet.

Walking is better than hi-cardio (see links below) so save your money.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/05/brisk-walk-healthier-running-scientistshttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2278319/Walking-better-gym-Long-periods-gentle-exercise-beneficial-high-intensity-workout.html

JC JC 10:50 am 14 Jul 13

OpenYourMind said :

Here’s some thoughts, some or all of which may help or may not apply to you:
A gym is not the only answer to getting fit. In my opinion, often the decision to join a gym is the first mistake beginners make. They somehow imagine all those wonderful programs, shiny machines and expensive gym fees are what will make them fitter and then kind of miss the fact that no matter what, the hard work needs to still be put in. Gyms make heaps out of people paying up front and quickly losing interest.

Do you reckon you can get off your high horse? The OP asked a question, I don’t think he came here to read a lecture about he has made a beginners mistake wanting to go to the gym. How about treating his intelligence with a bit of respect until proven otherwise?

dungfungus dungfungus 11:02 am 14 Jul 13

OpenYourMind said :

Here’s some thoughts, some or all of which may help or may not apply to you:
A gym is not the only answer to getting fit. In my opinion, often the decision to join a gym is the first mistake beginners make. They somehow imagine all those wonderful programs, shiny machines and expensive gym fees are what will make them fitter and then kind of miss the fact that no matter what, the hard work needs to still be put in. Gyms make heaps out of people paying up front and quickly losing interest.
If you are looking for something a little more sedate, at least in music, a dedicated yoga class might be a better choice.
If you are looking for some resistance training, it might be easier to get a personal trainer to create a program for you, and then if you have the space get some equipment for your home. Then just get the trainer to check your form now and then. In total that might well cost you lots less than a gym membership and you can listen to whatever music you damn well like.
No matter what, slowly building some cardio into your workout that gets your heart rate higher and holds it there is worthwhile. There’s lots of things you can do that don’t involve music that you don’t like. If your joints are up to it, fast walking and or slow jogging on soft surfaces is great for your cardio. Or you can try what is now the middle aged fad of thee 2000s, cycling. You’ll find that there are heaps of 40+ people getting into cycling these days and it’s a fantastic activity. Best of all, it usually involves a coffee stop at a cafe!
Finally, surrounding yourself with like minded people who are enjoying their exercise will do wonders for your own motivation.

“Best of all, it usually involves a coffee stop at a cafe!”
Or a trip to ED at The Canberra Hospital according to a report in today’s CT.

Kalfour Kalfour 12:10 pm 14 Jul 13

I agree with you, although I am neither old nor a man.
I’ve recently moved from the ANU gym to CISAC (which is ludicrously expensive).
I didn’t like the music at the ANU gym, so I wore headphones and listened to my own. This isn’t an option at CISAC, as the music is so loud that I can’t hear my own unless I turn the volume up to pain-inducing levels.
It’s pretty annoying.
If you find one that’s appropriately zen, I’d love to know about it.

Kurrajong Kurrajong 12:17 pm 14 Jul 13

Recommend you look at the Hyatt gym located behind the hotel (where the old service station used to be for those that can remember back that far). Client base is mostly 50+. Comes with pool. Recently refurbished, with nice staff, no doof doof music and not much lycra to be seen either. Parking is easy.

WillowJim WillowJim 8:06 pm 14 Jul 13

If a “certain northside gym” is Northside Fitness Centre, then you’ve allowed “piped doof-doof music” to put you off a great gym. Plenty of old folk, including me, take part in the classes there. In fact I rarely see young ‘uns.

The music they play isn’t my cup of tea but when you’re pushing yourself hard in a class it’s the last thing you notice. It’s just the kind of music they play in gyms. I don’t like the trite motivational aphorisms that the instructors yell out either, but it’s pretty lame to use that, or the music, as an excuse to avoid exercise.

dkNigs dkNigs 8:30 pm 14 Jul 13

If all you want to do is Yoga there are two Yoga studio’s in Braddon, I wouldn’t imagine they’d play as “doof doof”ish music as your general Les Mills class gym.

EvanJames EvanJames 1:10 am 15 Jul 13

There’s a secret, cheap, empty gym. At Majura Park, in the Masters pool building. They’re desperate for customers and they’re dead cheap. Eccentric something-or-other. You can get a membership and get 24-hour access, they have classes and things apparently. And then you can go to Costco and go home.

It’s so empty that if you don’t like the music (if they play music) you can just go up to the wall and turn it off.

JC JC 7:17 am 15 Jul 13

WillowJim said :

If a “certain northside gym” is Northside Fitness Centre, then you’ve allowed “piped doof-doof music” to put you off a great gym. Plenty of old folk, including me, take part in the classes there. In fact I rarely see young ‘uns.

The music they play isn’t my cup of tea but when you’re pushing yourself hard in a class it’s the last thing you notice. It’s just the kind of music they play in gyms. I don’t like the trite motivational aphorisms that the instructors yell out either, but it’s pretty lame to use that, or the music, as an excuse to avoid exercise.

The OP was talking about doing Yoga. Personally don’t think yoga and doof doof music work all that well together.

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