Most people don't think much about their gym. But if you're serious about getting ripped, you need to seriously reflect on your environment. Working out in the wrong gym environment can have a negative impact on your ability to get the body you desire. Most gyms are nothing more than just social clubs, so take heed to the signs below.
Here are 7 signs you're working out at the wrong gym.
Your gym has lots of distractions
Gyms that offers a wide variety of services - tanning beds, swimming pools, tennis, basketball, etc., are not designed for people trying to gain serious muscle mass. In other words, these commercialized gyms are out to make a profit. They want everyone in their doors, meaning more annoying people not serious about their workout minding YOUR business instead of their own. Many corporate gyms also play annoying, trendy music really loudly.
You're the most muscular person in the gym
If you're the most ripped in the gym, consider that a bad sign. It means you'll be the target of petty members who will cause petty problems because of their jealousy and insecurity.
The staff members watch you like a hawk and nag you over petty shit
Gym staff members often have giant egos. Whether they're personal trainers or receptionists, they want attention and acknowledgment from the members - especially weightlifters. Once you stop playing games and participating in their fake conversations, they turn on you like a snake. Then comes the false accusations, scoldings by the owner/manager about how other members are "intimidated by you", you're not putting your weights back, and other kindergarten bullshit. Once you get to that point, just quit your membership before they kick you out.
Other members are always watching you work out
If you often see other members sitting on the benches watching you work out, then you're not at a serious gym. You're at a gym that just gets anyone in the door. Building serious muscle at a gym that doesn't have serious members sucks.
You're currently lifting the highest weights
Many commercial gyms only have up to 100-pound free weights. If you're already lifting 80 to 90 pounds, you'll soon be out-lifting the highest weights in the gym. This means you'll soon be too strong for the gym. Here's an interesting article about why corporate gyms suck.
There are "No Grunting" signs
This is a sign that the gym doesn't welcome weightlifters. Unless you train yourself not to grunt, you'll soon find yourself getting scolded by the manager/owner and eventually kicked out of the gym.
Other members aren't getting results
You can tell a lot about a gym by just observing the other members (not in a nosy, annoying way). If the members look the same month after month, then you're not working out in a serious gym. It's probably a social club.
Another thing to look out for is membership contracts and fees. A decent gym will not try to pressure you into a contract or personal training, especially if it's obvious you don't need it. Fitness expert Brian Koning also explains this in more details in his article Why Gyms Suck.