The Jungle Gym - Albuquerque
The floor layout of this local 24-hour gym is a bit cramped. This is
not a big-box chain gym. A few rows of well-used exercise equipment and free
weights take up about half of the available space. The equipment isn't the
latest and greatest, but it gets the job done. Free weights can be used for
any number of routines while the equipment tries to ensure correct positioning
and muscle isolation. The next portion of the gym contains a variety of
punching bags for boxing or other martial pursuits. Heavy bags, speed bags,
medicine balls and the like get a vigorous workout from customers looking to
get a little aggression out with their exercise. Finally there is a sparring
mat set up that gets used by both boxers and the more popular mixed-martial
artists of today. Ropes are available to be set up for a more authentic
boxing-ring feel, but it isn't by any means official. In the back are changing
rooms, bathrooms, showers, and lockers.
Overall, the gym has a local-business feel, scraping by in the rough
economy by word of mouth and loyal members. Rates are relatively inexpensive,
likely due to the low rent of the neighborhood, but it's also missing all the
bells and whistles of a large chain. There is one TV mounted in the corner
with a common remote for the bored athlete. Otherwise, the place is usually
free from distraction.
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The exercise area has a wide variety of exercise equipment and free weights. Although all functional, most of the equipment is no-frills and old. The weights are simple, but effective. Other members are generally friendly and willing to help spot or give instructions on how to use the equipment.
The sparring area has a large mat for people practice rolling around on and to limit the chances of getting hurt. A variety of sports take place here, from boxing, to kick-boxing, to mixed martial arts, and more. There are heavy bags, speed bags, and other pads that are regularly on the receiving end of a beating. Various classes are offered through the week.