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10/04/2012

Denis Whelan (Villanova University)-CIEE Alcalá- Fall 2012: leon sport centre

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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.

La foto (1) Gimnasio

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.

  Foto gimnasio 2

 

 

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.

 

Foto gimnasio 3

Aunque los tipos de pesas, barras, cables y máquinas son casi iguales (después de comprender las conversiones entre kilos y libras), la cultura de levantar pesas en este gimnasio es ciertamente distinta a  los demás que ya he experimentado en los EE. UU. Estoy acostumbrado a gimnasios muy grandes en los que las únicas empleadas, salvo el dueño que nunca verías, son trabajadores temporales y muy jóvenes, pero el dueño de este gimnasio es mi vecino y un entrenador personal, como los otros pocos empleados que él tiene. Mientras en los EE. UU. es muy común meterse en tus propios asuntos cuando levantas pesas y sólo ayudas a alguien si parece que su vida está en peligro, Leon Sports Center es más como una comunidad. Los que usan el gimnasio siempre reciben y se dan consejos, y es casi innecesario pedirle a alguien ayudarte con una pesa, porque todos siempre están cuidándote. Aunque todavía tengo que convertir entre kilos y libras cada vez que entreno, he encontrado un hogar en Leon Sports Center, y de hecho me gusta bastante recibir consejos de un entrenador personal profesional

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