November 21, 2013

Seattle Executive Fitness: Removed - Bicep and Tricep Circuit Training Machines

Since the most recent desperate downsizing and facility downgrade at Seattle Executive Fitness, the gym's management has removed the Cybex Bicep and Tricep circuit training machines. Rumor has it that hundreds of gym members have sent email requests to management asking that these machine be brought back and included in the gym's now decimated circuit training area, but management refuses. Apparently the incompetent management and fitness training staff doesn't think members should want to be able to get a quick and easy bicep and tricep workout during their trips to the Seattle Executive Fitness facility.

Below are photos of the Cybex VR3 Arm Curl machine, for bicep training, and the Cybex VR3 Arm Extension machine, for training triceps, in the gym before two-thirds of the third floor of the Seattle Executive Gym at 509 Olive Way was removed from the facility.

Cybex VR3 Arm Curl machine, before recent gym downsizing.

Cybex VR3 Arm Extension machine, before recent gym downsizing.

Circuit training equipment provides an essential and efficient way to quickly train muscle groups, with decades of proven results. Other training methods are usually more difficult and time consuming to implement. With a turn of a dial or switching of selector, it is possible when using circuit training equipment to adjust weight resistance in seconds. Circuit training machines also provide proven mechanism for isolating and training specific muscle groups. Such equipment is called circuit training, because once setup, it is possible to quickly move between a group of machines continuously working specific muscle groups in succession. Since Seattle Executive Fitness all but annihilated its circuit training and cardiovascular exercise areas, all that is left is less than half the previous amount of equipment at this gym.

The current, cramped, incomplete, insufficient - circuit training area - at Seattle Executive Fitness.

This total failure at Seattle Executive Fitness to provide a reasonably complete set of even the most basic circuit training equipment, is clear evidence of the gym's disregard of its members. The loss of the two pieces of equipment described here, is only the tip of the iceberg of disdain for member service at this gym. Seattle Executive Fitness also appears to be moving toward pay per session group exercise program they call F.L.I.G.H.T. (an acronym), in another desperate attempt to convince members to pay hundreds of additional dollars, in addition to monthly dues, for a group exercise fad that has spawned small boutique gyms offering similar services, but which probably won't take much time to loose its isolated popularity after people realize such programs will cost them thousands of dollars annually for something they can accomplish individually, at their own pace for less money and possibly even in less time with appropriate fitness motivation. This  absurdly expensive group exercise program, that would only appeal to the segment of gym members who like group exercise, has come at the expense of much of the floor space at Seattle Executive Fitness. At this point, it seems like the only reasonable option members have is to begin evaluating other gyms in search of one that at least provides a reasonably decent facility.

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