Denis Whelan (Villanova University)-CIEE Alcalá- Fall 2012: leon sport centre
Leon Sports Center
So turns out kilograms are a little different than pounds. Who knew? I always knew finding a gym in Spain would be an interesting experience. Luckily, my host mom brought me to Leon Sports Center, just a two minute walk from my house and inexpensive for Spain. Though my Planet Fitness membership in the U.S. is just $99 per year, I decided to pay the almost €40 (about $50) per month and join. Other than the fact that I wouldn´t survive four months without working out, I think that my investment was most certainly worth it.
Though the types of free weights, bars, cables, and machines are relatively the same (once you get over the kilogram-pound conversions), the culture of lifting weights and fitness at this gym is most certainly different from any I have experienced in the U.S. At home, fitness centers tend to be much larger and staffed by temporary college-age workers and an unseen owner; my gym here is owned by a personal trainer in his late twenties that lives across the street from me. His gym is staffed by very few people with very advanced knowledge. Whereas in the U.S., standard protocol is to mind your own business while lifting, only help someone with a weight if they ask or look like their life is in immediate danger, Leon Sports Center has more of a community-feel. Gym-goers are constantly asking and receiving advice from the personal trainers and each other, and it’s almost unnecessary to ask someone to spot weights for you, because people are always looking out for each other. Though I still have to convert everything to pounds during every workout, I’ve found a home at Leon Sports Center, and I actually kind of like getting critiqued on my form by a professional personal trainer.
León Sports Center
Resulta que los kilos son un poco distintos que las libras. ¿Quién sabía esto? Siempre había sabido que la búsqueda de un gimnasio sería una experiencia interesante. Por suerte, mi madre española me mostró el León Sports Center, solamente dos minutos andando de mi casa y muy barato para España. Aunque mi cuota de socio para Planet Fitness solamente cuesta $99 cada año, y decidí pagar casi 40€ (aproximadamente $50) cada mes para ingresar. Además del hecho que no sobreviviría cuatro meses sin entrenar, creo que mi inversión ciertamente vale la pena.