The fundamental reason has to do with my chosen sport, which is ballroom dancing. When I started at LVAC, I practiced in empty racquetball courts, until people outside the courts complained that my movement was distracting them. (I offered to pay for the court time, and I wore shoes that wouldn't scuff the floors, but the management said no.) Then I practiced in the hallway downstairs. That was fine, but I had to keep starting the walls of my routine over and over, because of the restricted space. So I started getting up early to use the empty group classrooms. One day, though, the front desk said that I couldn't practice there, even when the rooms were unoccupied. I felt like Milton in Office Space. And I went off to tour Lifetime Fitness in Henderson.
Yes, it's pricey. It's the cost of two dance lessons a month. But:
- The staff members are very, very friendly. Some of them even ask me how my dance practices are going.
- There are dance rooms, including one with a ballet barre wall.
- If the dance rooms are locked, the front desk will get someone to unlock a room for me so that I can practice my routines.
- The facility is immaculate.
- I never have to wait for cardio machines, and the machines have some fun bells and whistles.
- Bottom line: Lifetime Fitness recognizes that dance is an athletic activity, and it has fulfilled each of the promises that it made to me when I signed up. I'm very happy that I switched.
Now, I'm off to the gym to prepare for USDC. Thanks, Lifetime Fitness!