Hello all, Humor me. I tried to make this entertaining to read:
Lets cut to brass tacks. I want to open a gym.
“WTF is this guy doing? This isn’t a Bodybuilding.com or some shit. Retarded meathead…”
I want to open a gym, but not so “me and my bro can get swoll brah”. We are already
“What a douche”
It’s a joke lighten up dill weed
“What the hell, how is dill weed an insult. That’s like calling me a carrot. You really got me…”
We’re done talking about this.
DONE. Back to point. I want to open a gym. But not just a regular weights-and-machines, good-luck-hope-you-know-what-you’re-doing…
“So many hyphens”
SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH AND LISTEN.
“Geez roid rage”
You are such a fu….*deep breath*…… Just hear me out ok? I want it to focus on the educational aspect of fitness, nutrition, and health. I want my gym to include a classroom (more of an auditorium) where people can come and watch videos about health, nutrition, fitness; Q&A with professors, athletes, nutritionist, etc; and really educate the public on scientifically proven results and methods
“So you’re going to make people come and watch your boring videos because you think we are just “the stupid mass”
“Yea I’m sure”
I want the designs to be like fight science
You have got to be kidding me. Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCarSRnquLM&feature=related
“That was sick! Ima go knock a bitch OUT!”
Not the point. Did you learn anything?
“Well kinda. I didn’t realize your legs were so involved in a punch, or that a knock out = concussion”
Exactly. It was captivating, that’s why you learned. And I plan to make videos for all aspects of fitness: Running, different sports, fundamental ways to improve anything physical. And I want to use the same model for looking at nutrition and health such as how carbs, protein, and lipids work in your body; how diseases such a cancer and diabetes works inside your body; how improper weight lifting can injure your body.
“I mean I guess it’s a good idea…”
Are you still mad that you learned something?
Stop crying like a bitch. you liked it right?
“It was pretty cool”
Exactly. That’s why I like the video idea. But there are more ways to educate people on health and fitness, and I need your help to come up with some.
“Idk man… I don’t know anything about that stuff”
I’m not asking you to tell me how to be healthier, I’m asking you what you want to know about.
“Oh…. Not really sure”
Well are there things you want in a gym like this? Something new, that goes beyond the “meathead, gym rat” stereo-type or basic weights and machines? Anything you can think of that you would like in a gym that will either educate/inform the public, or help them be healthier as a person?
“I do have an idea, why don’t you donate back to like Breast Cancer Awareness or something, since this is all “for the greater good of mankind” or whatever BS”
That….That’s your big idea? That. Is. PERFECT!
“Wait really? It was suppose to be ironic”
I know, but it’s also a great idea! Donate to organizations to help find a cure for diseases/awareness! It’s the exact vibe I’m looking for.
“Vibe? What are you 60?”
Hey every great idea started in a young mind. Besides the point. What about members who join, if they refer a local school, we give that school a percentage their money toward PE, sports programs, and health programs.
“Are you serious? Can you do that?”
Why the hell not? It’s my gym.
“Yea but… how will you make money”
Because people will come. I also want ideas on what you want in a gym. It is still fundamentally that.
“So why do any of the other things?”
I want to make the world a little bit better. “Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.” A quote from the Dalai Lama
“YOU HAVE A TALKING LLAMA?!?!”
I hate you sometimes… but this peace, sure it won’t be world peace, but can be self-peace. it can save lives and make people healthier and smarter as a whole. I’m sure that will have some great unforeseen consequences.
“I want to see your Llama now. He is very insightful. Can he save my marriage?”
You don’t even have a girlfriend.
“Wow…can’t believe you just went there….dick”
We’re done. If anyone else has any ideas I’d love to talk to them instead of you.
Basically I want to open a gym, it’s suppose to be read as a conversation. I am talking when I don’t have quotes and the other guy is with the quotes. Tried to mix it up make it interesting and funny. Basically I want to open a gym, but I want it to be different I want it to help and educate the public it a way that will actually stick.
Number one, I understand that you don’t want it to be all about weights and stuff, but if you want to include that as a component, you can never have enough squat racks. The squat is the best exercise with weights for the body. Period. And make sure you educate your clients? students? on proper squat form. Make sure you hit parallel, none of that box squat nonsense, no rounding of the back, etc.
Number two, you should focus on prevention of injury. For example, the shoulder is the joint most commonly injured in the gym. Teach about how to align the shoulder, how to stabilize it, and last, how to properly strengthen it.
I guess you can take the above approaches with every aspect of fitness. Make sure the body is properly aligned and flexible enough (yes, flexibility is extremely important, even in “meathead” weight-lifting) to perform the desired activity, then teach the proper way to do it, and then teach how to make gains in that activity. Many are focused on gains and don’t realize how much preparation goes into a certain lift in order to do it correctly and prevent injury.
Help the young (aka not elderly) who attend your sessions understand that fitness is an investment in the future. There is no such thing as a true convenience. Sure, it may be easy to just eat the cheapest and quickest food and to do the easiest exercises, if any, but that convenience will, in the future, become an inconvenience when you spend even more time and money and effort rehabilitating yourself from a myriad diseases, injuries, and conditions. Spend the money on quality food, take the time to prepare it, and put in the sweat to have the best body you possibly can. You only get one. This should be your general message.
Perhaps use your cool animations and videos to show what happens when a limb/joint is trained correctly vs. incorrectly. For example, seeing an imbalanced shoulder undergo stress during a lift and get injured is sure to provide many with the motivation to train intelligently.
Lastly, teach the importance of the mind-body connection. Hold meditation and yoga classes, and before/after, discuss the benefits in scientific terms to go with your theme.
I think you took this message to literally? I’m not really sure myself, but a gym centered around increasing awareness about fitness/nutrition/disease rather than the traditional machine + weights is really something different.
@piptherational, I definitely am. This is not my first step by far I already have a general outline of the entire business. I just wanted more input, ideas and critiques and the internet is a easy place to get fast and multiple opinions. I’ll explain exactly what I want: A gym that educates the public with captive videos on health and fitness, Q&A from professionals, raises public awareness for disease and support these programs as well as support community PE and Health classes/activities especially at the middle and high school levels.
@lifted, thank you this is a lot of comments that I wanted to hear. I do NOT want to minimize the gym aspect of this project, because it is a gym first and for most. But I do want to branch off from the modern day gym.
@boribori90 I have gotten so much support already that I believe that I can really do this. Besides they would want to change it to make more money off it. That’s not what this is about. It’s more about education and community upbringing than big wigs. I want this to go full scale believe me, but I want to make sure I lift people up with me not just stand on top of them
@boribori90, I do agree that this needs to also be a business. Money will obviously be a factor. I strongly feel that there are enough avenues to get fundings, loans, and investors to supply enough money for the first gym exactly how I want to.
@baptiste, First off, GREAT IDEA! *pats you on the back*
As a client I want CLEARNESS. Charts and step-by-step instructions.
Ideas for You, Baptiste!
For the diet part a life changing movie is ‘Forks Over Knives’
A chart representing the calorie intake/day you need divided in 3 groups, if you..
..1.want to lose weight, 2.maintain, or 3.gain; subcharted according to your weight and sex.
Workout ways hmm What do you think about the same approach?
You and your brother can divide different workout plans, in printed out pamphlet form so that people can chose what they want
-Lose weight, Gain Muscle, Define, Cardio oriented, Quick Abs..
And fill it out with name, age, sex, weight goal, and the calorie intake according to this.
This would be so helpful for me so I don’t have to make the thinking.
Also, near every machine/tool a clear image of the exercise and how to do it correctly. Or a video on screens (when you get more money ;D)
Members of the gym can rent health-diet-fitness DVDs for free 1 day, and pay a bit for more than 1. or you get it, just cheap :) The screening room in interesting but, when you go to the gym, do You go there to spend a lot of time?
Maybe put out some posters/signs with short health tips throughout the gym like:
drink 10 glasses of water a day, Avoid carbs after 5pm, and you know… you’re the specialist after all haha :)
Hope it helped if only a bit,
GOOD LUCK MATE!!
@lowryderkid, great ideas thanks! I’m thinking the videos can be ~10-20 minutes long, not like an hour and a half movie marathon. Q&A’s and guest speakers would probably run ~20-30 minutes, but leave room for it to go longer in case people are really into it. I want these to be scheduled so people know ahead of time and can plan accordingly. I also like the rent movie ideas, maybe provide a conference room for private screenings (such as sports team film or groups who want to see it)
If possible, it would be awesome to include other forms of sports infrastructure as well, like a cycling track, a hockey rink, in addition to the standard soccer/football field+running track. Cycling is a highly scientific sport, and I think people would be excited about the combined educational aspect of nutrition and sports physiology.
@baptiste, Promote excursion/hiking groups, and sporty organised activities, even with other companies. You could make a deal with the most interesting adventure sports/tour centres to get a special discount offer for your gym members. Like 20% off or something.
And just have these activities out on your front desk just like a travel agency would
High Existence does not focus solely on intellectual or spiritual high existence, the proper care of the body is a big factor in this site also, so I think this is a good place to find ideas on how to educate for health and fitness, diet and exercise. People can help you here with that, just if you become some mega chain, stay responsible, don’t cut principle for gain.