Old fashioned Bodybuilding Gyms
This is truly a spit and saw dust bodybuilding gym. Before the fitness centre craze started most gyms looked like this, well possibly a little better but not much! I spoke to Richard Casey a friend of mine and a friend of Maximum Sports Nutrition a lifelong amateur bodybuilder and winner of a few local and national trophies, he’s now got his pension and a free bus pass, but still likes to keep fit and still looks in good nick.
”What were your early memories of how a gym looked and was set out Richard?” ”Anything like those fitness centres you see today” I said. ”Nowt like them” he replied, you can still here a twang of the North East in his voice as he grumbled ”I trained at Normans which was in Newcastle in the 70s, it was rough as hell, it had a flat bench, a squat rack and a bunch of old rough dumbbells with a selection of Olympic weights and a couple of lifting stations, absolutely no cardio equipment at all, if you wanted cardio you went out running. The floor was concrete and painted in a pillow box red colour. Most of the equipment was made by either the owner or lads who used the gym patching stuff together with a welder, chop saw, and a tin of spray paint”.
Most of the lads who used the gym were local bodybuilder’s, power lifters and strong men, it was a community of people helping each other out, everyone new everyone in those days even if you were competing against each other in the same bodybuilding competition you still helped each other out. There was a shortage of equipment though, just one flat bench, and one squat rack so you all worked out in a group, you were never short of spotters that’s for sure! Nearly all of us were friends with the owner so he trusted us and gave us a key so we could train night and day. I’m not sure how that would go down in today’s society as most gyms aren’t interested in bodybuilders anymore its all about keeping fit with dance classes, yoga classes, pilates and the like! I suppose there still could be an odd gym knocking about still working on those ethics like we did 30-40 years ago, but there won’t be many, one things for sure If I was just setting out again I’d trade any of those posh fancy fitness centres for that place any day.
What sort of gym do you train in spit and saw dust bodybuilding gym or a fancy health club?