Thursday, September 07, 2017

the boxing gym

There's a boxing gym called Golden Boxing (or "Golden Boxing Diet" if you look at the sign inside the building) that's located in the complex right across from where I now work. I went and visited the place tonight, peeking shyly through the glass door to see what was going on. I didn't see a trainer or anyone else I could talk to about training hours, membership rates, etc., so I walked out, looked at the brightly lit sign hanging off the outside of the building, and took down the gym's phone number. I then found a bench, sat down, and gave the gym a call.

A man's voice answered. He was hard to hear, given the noise inside the gym, but I was able to ask him some quick questions. First off, the man noted that the gym wasn't open on weekends. He then told me that a one-month membership would cost a whopping W250,000 (that's basic membership, glove rental, and heavy-bag use). A three-month membership was a slightly more reasonable—but still expensive—W450,000, all services included. Lastly, he said the gym opened at 3PM on weekdays, closing at 11PM. Very disappointing, that: I'd been hoping the gym would open early—say, around 6AM, so that I could go in and train when things were relatively sparse and quiet. Alas, it was not to be.

So all in all, I think this gym is a no-go for me. It's expensive, and the hours are all wrong. It's also not open on weekends, which is inconvenient. Too bad, really: I'd been hoping to whomp on a heavy bag for the first time in years.

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