After a long long break from weightlifting, I decided to return last Saturday. I used to lift all the time when I was younger but after I injured both knees in the Marines, I had to walk away to focus on my physical therapy. I never got back to it but I missed it.
Since I spent most of my time overseas since 2000, starting to lift again has been difficult. I am quite picky about the gym where I want to work out. I cannot stand the clean yuppie gyms/health clubs. I want a real weightlifting gym where you can drop the weights and just lift. I hate the gyms where the guys have to look at the mirrors each time they lift just to look at themselves. A mirror is help improve technique.
Well, thanks to my student, I found a gym not far from my house that I really love. The guys who go there really want to lift weights. The atmosphere and environment is what I have been looking for. I only pay 120,000 VND a month. The weight equipment are nice. The only think I miss is a squat rack but overall, it fulfills 90% of my needs.
The owner, Tam, is really funny. You will be amazed from his photo below to learn that he is only 52 years old!
(Mr. Tam, only 52 years old!!!)