FAQ


Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

• Q: Why should I join Iron Bodies Gym instead of one of the big chain fitness centers?

• A: We refer to our members as “refugees” of the big chains. Our members join and stay at Iron Bodies Gym because they prefer to be treated as individuals in a relatively small, community-based gym, rather than as one of the great masses. They genuinely enjoy the camaraderie shared with other like-minded members whom they see frequently at the gym, some times over many years. A person considering joining Iron Bodies Gym might consider an analogy with a television show called “Cheers” from the 1980s. Cheers was a small, local bar where “everybody knows your name.” Similarly, our gym is a place where people not only go to exercise, but to develop some times life-long friendships. Another reason is the quality and professionalism of our trainers, whose skills often far exceed the “skills” of so-called “trainers” at the big chains. A final reason to join Iron Bodies Gym is that it usually is not so crowded that our members must wait a half-hour to use the equipment.

• Q: Is Iron Bodies Gym new?

• A: No, Iron Bodies Gym, though new to its current Edinger Avenue location, is not a new gym. It started in 1979. If you would like to know more about the gym’s history, please go to A Brief History of Iron Bodies Gym. The gym moved to the new location in late May, 2012.

• Q: What kind of equipment does the gym have?

• A: As we explain on our About Us page, we offer top quality cardiovascular and weight training machines, free weights, suspension cables, plyometric boxes, stability balls, slam balls, a Rogue Dead Lift Platform, among other exercise options.

• Q: Do members have to sign a long-term contract?

• A: No, Iron Bodies Gym no longer offers contracted memberships. Members pay either $40 monthly or $400 yearly. Non-members pay $10 for day passes.

• Q: Do members have to pay an enrollment fee?

• A: No, Iron Bodies Gym charges no enrollment or initiation fees.

• Q: Does the gym offer special rates for couples, families, or groups?

• A: No, we no longer offer those special rates; each member pays the same price: either $40 monthly or $400 yearly. Non-members pay $10 for day passes.

• Q: What are the gym’s hours?

• A: Monday through Friday, the gym opens at 5 A.M. and closes at 9 P.M.; on Saturdays, the gym opens at 9:30 A.M. and closes at 4 P.M. The gym is closed on Sundays.

• Q: How big is the gym?

• A: The gym occupies 2,997 square feet. With the exception of two small rest rooms and a small office area, the majority of the space is filled with exercise equipment.

• Q: What is the age limit for people exercising at the gym?

• A: We do not allow anyone under 12 years old to exercise at the gym. A child 12 years or older must have a parent or guardian sign his or her membership card; the parent must ensure that the child understands and follows all rules of the gym.

• Q: What are the rules of the gym?

• A: The rules are printed on our membership cards, which we require all members to sign and leave with our staff when they join. The rules are fairly commonsensical: sign-in at the front desk before exercising; re-rack weights and put away equipment after using it; respect staff and other members; do not abuse or damage the equipment; do not use alcohol or illicit drugs at the gym, and do not exercise under the influence of those substances; wear clean, closed toe shoes; do NOT wear open toed sandals; each member assumes the risk of potential injury while exercising and waives the gym’s liability for self-inflicted injuries.

• Q: Does the gym have a dress code?

• A: No, the gym has no formal dress code, other than wearing proper shoes that are clean and not opened toed. We do not allow sandals.

• Q: Does the gym provide child care?

• A: No, we lack the space, facilities, and staff for child care.

• Q: Do members have to use trainers?

• A: No, members may exercise by themselves, as long as they follow the rules of the gym and do nothing that may injure themselves, other members, or the equipment.

• Q: How much do the trainers charge?

• A: The trainers all are independent contractors, not employed by Iron Bodies Gym. Members must negotiate each trainer’s rate. In general, their rates are considerably lower than the rates of trainers at the big fitness chains.

• Q: How do trainers at Iron Bodies Gym compare to trainers at the big fitness centers?

• A: Generally, our trainers are better qualified because they pass certification exams conducted by independent licensing boards, e.g., A.C.E. or I.S.S.A. “Trainers” at the big fitness chains often sit through a class for a few hours watching instructional videos before receiving an in-house “certificate” stating that they are “qualified” to instruct that chain’s members on how to exercise. Sadly, those so-called “trainers” not only may provide poor service, but they may harm their clients.

• Q: Will Iron Bodies Gym’s staff help members to contact the trainers?

• A: Yes, our staff will facilitate those initial meetings.

• Q: Does the gym accept credit and debit cards?

• A: Yes, we use Bank of America Merchant Services, for which we pass on to card holders a surcharge for credit and debit card transactions. Please ask at the front desk for those rates.

• Q: Does the gym accept cash or checks?

• A: Yes, most members prefer to pay their membership fees with checks or cash, and we happily comply. Please be sure to ASK FOR A RECEIPT, particularly if you pay cash.

• Q: Does the gym have saunas, jacuzzis, and a swimming pool?

• A: No, Iron Bodies Gym is an old fashioned, community-based gym where people come to exercise on our cardiovascular and weight training equipment, lift free weights, sweat, and go home to shower or take a bath. It’s a gym, not a spa.

• Q: Does the gym have locker rooms and showers?

• A: No, when we moved to the current location we decided NOT to waste valuable space with showers and locker rooms. We provide as much space as possible to allow members to do what they come to do: EXERCISE.

• Q: Because Iron Bodies Gym does not provide lockers, where can I store my personal items?

• A: Next to our front desk, we provide a small, open cabinet where members can store their personal items, but we recommend that you keep most of your things (especially valuables) in your vehicle or in a bag that you keep with you while exercising.

• Q: Where can I change my clothes?

• A: You may change your clothes in one of our rest rooms.

• Q: Does the gym have air conditioning?

• A: No, our members come to our gym to SWEAT. Most Iron Bodies Gym members dislike the air conditioning so prevalent at the big chain fitness centers. However, we do use powerful industrial fans (as demonstrated at this link:http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/DAYTON-Quiet-Design-Air-Circulator-2RDZ9), and we keep our front and rear doors open during warm days to circulate air.

• Q: How is parking?

• A: The gym’s parking lot contains many spaces, good lighting, and 24 hour surveillance cameras to protect our customers when they arrive and leave the gym.

• Q: Does the gym sell supplements?

• A: We no longer order supplements because customers can order the same products for the same price online by themselves.

• Q: Does the gym sell clothing?

• A: We plan to sell T-shirts, tank tops, sweat shirts, and possibly other items in the near future.