Location is undisclosed at this point until papers are signed etc etc, but I was scoping out a new gym this past Thurs as a possible place to offer group classes, small group, and one on one training. It's a non-traditional sort of gym and I get along well with the similarly non-traditional owners. So - in addition to stopping in that morning I wanted to see what the "vibe" was like at a time that would theoretically be directly BEFORE one of my alleged classes.
WOW. That's a seriously popular place where there's a lot of meaningful, productive practice going on. No half-efforts going on in that gym - which is a really nice thing to see. In the course of checking out the conditioning area I did a few somewhat random things, to test the space -
and because it was THURSDAY...
Tabata protocol - 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest - repeat for 4 minutes
First 4min Tabata: - one handswings, moderate weight ( for me), alternating work sets
2nd 4min Tabata: - one side at a timeand jerks, moderate weight ( ), alternating work sets
Active "Rest" was wandering around to find a fan then idly flipping a tire they had out - seemed to be approx 250-300lbs, since it was a little more difficult than the small one at another local gym, but not so heavy that I had to put a knee up to flip it.
After that, some 5x5 strict tactical pull ups (was "light day" for pull ups) with a little wandering around between sets taking inventory of the place alternated with variations on thepistol squat (working on them with the in the rack position - which is really quite a bit of fun) Hope it works out with this gym there's a lot of potential for the kind of training that really gets the job done, and our goals/aesthetics are similar. Climbing those ropes next time... absolutely... tempted to go there tomorrow to ah "scout" some more and ummm "test" those climbing ropes out - you know... to ummm "make sure they're ok" right????? :)