So I was of course worried if the lights would be on at the gym today with the recent events of the last week or so where the fate of the gym seemed to change every day.  Well the lights were indeed still on and the doors were open.  However it was what was on the door that was a big problem, an eviction notice.  Yes the gym is evidently being evicted after all as of tomorrow, despite the repeated reassurances from the manager that this was not the case. Great.

So since it may very well be the last time I ever set foot in the gym I told my bench press buddy I wanted to push it, hoping to get 250 pounds up on the decline bench for the first time ever.  I got 245 cleanly but needed a small spot at 250 to complete the rep which was a bit of a bummer.  I did manage to get 205 for 8 reps on the way down which hasn’t happened in probably a decade so it still felt somewhat significant.

I had so much excitement and hope when this gym first opened in 2010.  It had everything I needed/wanted and was so close to work, it was just about perfect.  I put in a lot of hard work within those walls and it has been disappointing to see the facility suffer through bad ownership and management not once, but twice.  Remember this same gym closed down for roughly six months under the first owner before being reopened in 2015. I feel bad for the staff which relied on the gym as their primary employment.  A lot of these faces I have seen almost every day for the last couple years.  Having it all go away is sad indeed.

So anyway my plan for tomorrow is to drive to Retro to verify it’s closed for real this time.  If the doors are locked then I will be off to shitty Planet Fitness where I will sign up for whatever membership allows me to go month to month so I can escape as soon as another opportunity arises. Adios Retro Fitness, it’s been fun, sometimes.

Today’s Workout

5 minutes cardio/stretching

Decline barbell bench press – 135lbs x 10, 185lbs x 5. 205lbs x 3, 245lbs x 1, 250lbs x 1 (spot), 225lbs x 3, 205lbs x 8, 185lbs x 10

Dumbbell pull overs -55lbs x 10, 70lbs x 10, 80lbs x 6