New Gym Open on STT
I just wanted to let everyone know that there is a new gym open on St. Thomas...
Located in Vitraco Park Mall
(behind Rancho Latino, next to the Washboard. Let me know if you need better directions.)
This gym is one of the most affordable on the island. They offer hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly rates and are always offering different promotional specials. Call them if you're interested and I am sure they will offer something that accommodates you.
Also, the owners are GREAT people!
Do they have a squat rack?
I'm currently at Paradise Gate. I've been happy with them, and they are the most convenient for me working at Yacht Haven. But I am always curious about other gyms. "Extreme" Gym is horrible. "Extreme" without a squat rack, and bad cable equipment. No thanks. Their rules are rather interesting, and at least clearly posted. But without a squat rack: no thanks.
PS: "Extreme" has a smith machine -- however, those are actually *worse* on the back, forcing you into an unnatural movement. They can cause more long term harm then free motion squats.
Well, I hope you always have a spotter if you don't like the smith rack.;)
Have you spotted a squatter before? ha! A little ... uh .. butt action going on there! lol
Squat racks are designed to be sans-spotter. Most have adjustable side bars you can adjust to just the right height for the base of your squat. That way, if you fail, just sit. The bar will remain on the side bars, and you can safely get out under it.
*NEVER* Squat without a rack!! It's a requirement.
Smith machines do more harm than good due to their tilt. In a squat, the bar must maintain an even straight up and down line. Smith machines completely break this, causing over-extending or excessive compress of your back (depending which way you face). Not to mention it doesn't work your stabilizers -- the very muscles you use to keep the bar straight.