What is a great gym?

Hey guys,

I love being at the gym and the environment of it all. It usually is a great bunch of people at the gyms, people laugh and enjoy the time there and people talk to each other and are having fun at the same time they are suffering.

But what is a great gym? Of course everyone might have other opinions of what they think is a great gym. There are tons of gym out there nowadays so finding the right fit for you is hard sometimes.

My opinion what a great gym is:
– Good staff that have great knowledge about the gym and training in general. (most important). Not more knowledge then you necessary  but they should be interested in gym training. 
– Dumbells more then 40kg. 
– Good opening hours
–  A mix of people, fully competition people to normal gym people to senior citizen. 
– NO BABIES OR CHILDREN UNDER 11 years old. 
– A good mix of different machines. 
– Good size, not to big. 

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So these are some of the things a consider important for a great gym. It’s hard to get all these things today at a gym and I have seen a shift in the gyms for the past 10 years. When I started to workout in the gym, it was more of ”small down the basement gym, without staff” that was popular, at least outside of the big cities. It was supposed to be a little hardcore. Even Sats Fridhemsplan in Stockholm was a little bit that type of gym, also Sats Medborgarplatsen before it became Sofo. But they had staff of course.

I was really into that also, I went all in with the hoodie over my head, balls to the walls, training alone etc. Lol. I remember those days so well. I created an image for myself where I lived. But today I feel that the more ”normal” gyms are popular, where you have staff that are smiling at you and asking you ”how’s the training going” etc. You have people to talk to at the gym and people are training together, laughing together and are having a good time.

The mix of being a serious athlete but still able to having a good time is more great today then it was before I think, a little of the same thing Arnold and the guys during the 1970:s had. It got lost a bit in the late 1980:s and 1990:s. But now it’s getting back again.

I love it, I feel more joy then ever when I trained at a place like Sats Telefonplan, where there is a family kind of feeling with almost everybody, no matter who it is or how serious they are with their training.

Here are my top 5 gyms where I felt awesome training: 

  1. Sats Telefonplan, (not because I worked there). Great staff, awesome people who knows how to make people feel welcome. We have people there who have been there for almost 10 years or more and still going there, that’s a good sign. Now that they have renovated the place also it has become a top notch place.
  2. Gold’s gym Bothell outside of Seattle, I trained there while we were doing our USA roadtrip last year and that place was great, Not to big, great equipment and machines and even if I had never been there I talked to people and people where nice. I also saw how they talked to each other and had a good time.
  3. National Fitness and Racquet club in Klamath Falls. This was a mix of hardcore gym with normal also in there. The first thing I noticed was the Staff, they were great and so welcoming to me. Then the gym was built a little like I would want to have my gym, they had a big big area where all the barbells, machines and equipment was. Then the cardio machines was one floor up with the view over the gym area. Also with all the gyms in USA, they all have a vending machine with gatorade etc, that is awesome.
  4. 24 hours fitness in San Fransisco, there are a lot I know, but I trained at the one who was closet to Fishermans Wharf. That gym was great. Great and friendly staff. One floor with 3 different areas so to speak. It was the cardio area, the machine area and then the free weight area. It’s good when they mix it like that so people who want’s to do the free weights do it away from the cardio etc. I talked to a bunch of people there and said that is was a great 24 hour fitness gym. It was inside a small type of mall.
  5. Gold’s gym Venice. Of course I have to have gold’s gym venice here in the list. I love that gym BUT, it is way to legendary for someone like me. You kind of get lost in the crowd and don’t know who to talk to. Maybe that’s a movie/sing star who want’s to be left alone or thinking I am a annoying fan. Lol.. But other then that, it is great. Awesome machines and weights and it screams motivation from the walls.
  6. I also need to put Fit Republic in Tacoma here, that gym was brand new. One floor with everything you need.

I have trained at a lot of other greats gym, here in Sweden and in other countries but these are the ones that stuck to my mind the most. I have a lot more gyms to try and that’s something I really love to do when traveling, try out the different gyms.

So if you travel sometime, give me tips of good gyms or ask me of good gyms if I have been there.

The thing I value the most nowadays at the gym are great people, if you have that, you will never have a problem going to the gym! 

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Believe to achieve.

Annonser

Nothing new

Hey guys!

Bad updates here because right now I feel uninspired l, very much unfortunately. I haven’t settled in yet here in Visby and are having a hard time doing so!

But I’m doing my best. The hardest part is work, trying to do something fun but fun jobs is hard to come by these days so it’s more a matter of survival.

You have to be creative around here but that’s hard to be when you are uninspired. But I have started to work at the gym I train in, just as a sales person but that’s something anyway.

If there I something I feel inspired to do that is work at the gym. This is a good gym with a lot of potential, so I think I can do good things there if they give me the permission to do my thing.

Back to the creative part, I try and try to think of things to do. I really want to do something that’s my own.

Something that I have started in a small scale is baby clothes, that’s an idea I have had for a while. So ”BabyBuilder” is officially born. Right now you can find different types of clothes at https://www.zazzle.se/babybuilder

Check it out and let me know what you guys think!

I am also now going to start my Personal training education, finally. I feel I wanna do a serious go at this now. So far I have most helped friends and people I know a little more and gotten very good results. But I feel I wanna expand even more now.

So I start the education after New Years! That’s something I’m looking forward to. Let me know if you are interested in booking some spots already. I’m not gonna take many clients, I rather have few and concentrate all my time on them.

Here we go.

Believe to achieve

Marvel Venom (spolier)

Hey guys,

So now it has been 2 days since I saw the new Marvel movie Venom and I often wait 1-2 days before I write about it, to see how it sinks in and what I think now compared to right after the movie.

Venom

So I’m gonna give this movie 6/10 and I have only given a Marvel movie under 6 one time and that was Thor Ragnarok. 

Venom was a good movie, it wasen’t a Wow movie but I did not expect it to be anyway. Tom Hardy is a great actor and he was good in this movie. It was a little to much comedy for a movie like this, they could have made this movie a little darker since it freaking VENOM. But they have an audience to please (wrong audience according to me). I told you a spoiler might happen so stopp reading if you haven’t seen it.

But another thing also that was a little weird was Ed Brock and his fiancée who seemed so mad in love, I mean really crazy in love. He made one misstake (a big one) and they broke up… Hm.. So that was a little weird or to much.

Venom was cool and the effects in the movie was cool, like I said, could have dialed down the comedy a little more and made Venom a little darker. But I recommend for you guys to go and see it in the movie, it’s worth going to the movies for.  Also, if you go and see a movie, don’t leave when the movie ends, read up on why you should wait after a Marvel movie;)

”We are Venom”.

 

Good to be back!

Hey Guys!

Saturday morning and we are back in Sweden and in Visby again. It feels good with the little routines again and good to be ”clanging and banging” again as the rock would say.

It was good with a vacation as always but also as always, you want more! Haha. That’s the goal, live like that all year. But to achieve that we got to put some work in!

I have questions myself a little bit sometimes about my seriousness to training, I don’t have a competition goal anymore, not at the moment anyway.

I told myself I would not train like this or be this serious if I didn’t compete, but 4 years since my last competition and I train harder and more then ever without actually having a super clear goal.

But I have listened to The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) lately and he said something that I feel I can relate to, that the gym is my ”anchor”. It’s something I need to keep me focused on everything else. If everything around goes to shit the gym/anchor will always be there for me.

A lot of people might say but don’t you love it? Of course I like to workout, but I love the feeling of training more then the actually training! Since training hurts, it hurts like hell and that’s not ”fun” or love at that particular moment at that last set on squats or deadlifts…

So here I am training as hard as I can because it keeps me grounded and focused on the rest of my life. I believe I won’t ever stop, maybe change it up a little bit when I get older. But I think I got a few more years in me;)

Not as planned

Hello guys!

Last day here at Parga Greece, tomorrow around lunch we are flying back to Sweden! It has been a nice vacation and taking a break from everything else back home.

Yesterday did not go as planned, we had booked a boat trip to another island called Paxos, a really beautiful island. Before going to Paxos we stopped at another island where we could jump in the ocean from the boat if we wanted to. Of course I did.

I have never seen this crystal clear water ever, it was amazing to be able to see under the water for 20-30m!!

But the day got worse because for the first time I got boat sick and damn I felt terrible. By the time we came to Paxos I couldn’t eat or almost sit up, I just wanted to lay down.

I did my best and we walked for a while around Paxos and it was nice. I just felt bad for Marina since we both were so excited and this sickness fucked everything up!

But I was able to hold the puke down so I consider that a big win, Lol. Today I feel a little better but not 100%.

Last day today, let’s see what we are gonna do. Reading and swimming mostly I guess.

A different vacation

Hello guys!

So now I have been here in Parga Greece for 5 days and this place is really nice. If you want to relax, swim in the ocean and just lay in the sun this is a perfect place for you.

I loved this place for 3-4 days but after that I kind of wanted to get out of here. This type of vacation is nothing for me more then 4 days. Maximum!

Since Parga is a smaller town also there isn’t much things to do. Don’t get me wrong, love to go on vacation and relax but I prefer a vacation where you always can see new things everyday.

But now we have tried this type of vacation also, now we know more of what type of vacation we prefer.

The ocean here is amazing, the first day we spent all day there and swam with the fishes and it was truly amazing.

The Greece food is always good but I kind of getting tired of souvlaki… LOL

The training here is kind of limited so I do what I can, I do some arms and shoulders and chest. I can do like one exercise, so I do that for 10 sets. Just to get some blood flowing in the muscles, so that always feel good enough when you’re not able to go full blown!

I also do cardio like every other day here, 15-20min high intensity intervals. The good thing is that you have to learn to be creative on gyms like this, so that is good training for the brain.

We got 3 days to go here and tomorrow we are going on a boat trip to different islands to snorkel and stuff like that, so that is something we really looking forward to. I’ll update you guys on Sunday or Monday with everything.

Time to travel again,

Hey guys!

It’s finally time again, time to travel. It’s been way too long since our last trip. This time we are heading to Greece and a truly relaxing vacation with beach, sun and swimming.

Almost all the travels we have done has been discovery traveling, see new city new places and a lot of walking. But not this time, we gonna try a ”normal” vacation.

This is well needed, even if we said that 2018 were going to be less traveling and more work I have had a hard time getting adjusted to it. 2019 gotta be different, 2018 is not the life I want.

I want more of 2017!!

Let’s see what Greece has to offer. All I want is clear blue water!