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I designed a professional gym!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

So how cool is this....I just designed a professional gym's weight room!

For the last 6 weeks, the gym I go to has been remodeling. They added a floor to accommodate a whole bunch of new cardio equipment and built an addition for a new (and much larger) weight room, which is great, because the one I've worked out in these last 3 years has slowly gotten very tight and crowded.

Not exactly sure how it got started, but as Stasi-trained trainer guy and I got wind of the plan to expand, we'd start brainstorming on the best places to put the barbells, the squat rack, benches, etc, as well as how it would be great if we weren't constantly bumping in to equipment.

Well I have certain "well-developed people skills" (SWMBO says I'm just a manipulative bastard.....I disagree with her about the bastard part) so I started working on the gym manager a few weeks ago, getting details on his plans and timeline.

A long time ago, when I was just a young pup starting out in the workforce, a real senior guy in my organization told me, "Kid, the key to success is to get your boss to think your ideas are his ideas!"

This has served me well over the years.

Over the last few weeks, we've gone from shooting the breeze with the gym manager, to reviewing his equipment floor plans (complimenting him on his choices, "but have you thought about putting the squat rack in front of this mirror?"), to working our way in to actual move day, supervising the crews that were laying down the equipment.


So after Friday's workout (one of those hi-rep/medium weight leg workouts that are just excruciating), Stasi-trainer guy and I worked our way into the decision-making process that would affect our lives for months to come.

It was pretty darn cool. I'm a "roll-up your sleeves" kind of guy anyway, so I just jumped right in and started moving weights from one room to the other (after moving 10,000 lbs of weights, I decided this counted as a second workout for the day!), making sure I was around whenever the crews were making critical decisions on equipment placement.

Bottom line....I think I've got the kind of gym I've always wanted! And I'm humble enough to say that not all my ideas were right (what's the old saying, "I thought I was wrong once....but I was wrong"), the gym manager had some interesting insights about how placing the barbell racks perpendicular to the wall would open up a lot of space, "Brilliant! You're feng shui is very powerful!"

Needless to say, Stasi-trainer guy and I were very happy. This morning though, I am pretty darn tired. Oh it's a good soreness, but hefting 45 lb plates and 100 lb dumbbells for 3 hours after a workout last night makes today a rest day!

In retrospect, as I sit here sipping my morning coffee, I'm amazed at how far I have come in 5 years. In 2007, I was a pack-a-day smoker and 30-40 lbs overweight. Today, at 53, I feel like an athlete. I can workout hard, then I can move 10,000 lbs of weights, correctly, without hurting myself, and feel good about it.

Hmmmm, maybe a reward for that is to go get me a new iPhone 5 today!

Have a great day Spark friends!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GREENGENES 2/28/2013 9:35PM

    Very cool. When they built the new fitness center on campus I was invited to serve on the advisory committee. It turned out to be more of a rubber stamp committee though so not as much fun. It turned out pretty well though and has been a great addition.

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KA_JUN 2/27/2013 8:56PM

    From 2007 to 2013. Look at you now, hardcore! emoticon

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VHALKYRIE 2/27/2013 7:23PM

    I heard a similar saying that the key to negotiations and influencing people is to get them to think it was their idea all along! It served us well with car and house negotiations!

It has not worked well on getting the husband to change his diet or change the cat litter, though. I think he's on to me.

Congrats on your new gym and your new improved, now with 30lbs less fat and smoke, iron pumping bod'!

Comment edited on: 2/27/2013 7:32:58 PM

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MOM23JS 2/26/2013 9:10PM

    I always love reading your blogs and you are such an inspiration to someone like me who is always trying to push and find a new adventure... and live!!

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DDOORN 2/26/2013 12:41PM

    BIG kudos to being a "roll up your sleeves" kinda guy!

That, from an all-thumbs, do it the hard way kinda!


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GOSPELCLOWN 2/26/2013 12:21AM

    How often does a person get to contribute to a project like that??? Way to go.

Hope you treated yourself to the iPhone too.

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PROT358 2/26/2013 12:18AM

    That's so cool, and I bet you feel so accomplished!

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-DAVE- 2/24/2013 1:20PM

    Movers and shakers definitely shape our world as opposed to delegators.

Excellent and emoticon

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    Did you need an excuse to get the iphone 5? Naaa.
Great job, though. You must feel right at home in that new gym.

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HANSBRINK 2/23/2013 9:35PM

  Very cool! Sounds like you've taken pride in the execution of the plan.

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BEATLETOT 2/23/2013 7:23PM

    AWESOME!!! You are so cool!

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BERGBA7 2/23/2013 3:15PM

    very cool and the part I like most is you quitting smoking several years ago! Best decision ever!

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    This blog made me smile - and I think you've earned that iPhone 5...


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    That is awesome!

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    Oh, I hear that Iphone 5 calling your name!
Another great blog .... and loved your roll-up-your-sleeves-kinda-guy ATTITUDE. emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 2/23/2013 9:37AM

    Congratulations on the new gym
Sounds like you have made some major life changes and are sticking with them.
Here's to continued good health.

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BILL60 2/23/2013 9:01AM

    Not bad for a 53 year old. Perhaps when you get to 68 (my b'day was Thursday) and look and feel like YO, you can really feel good about yourself. Until then, you're a distant second. Hang tough and well done with the gym.

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