one reason,real gyms are falling by the wayside is not enough support.
There are still a few real gyms left out there only most of the old school guys are keeping them to themselves.
In Chicago there's Quads. It's sad but the hard core guys don't want a bunch of amateur players getting in there way. The days of the skinny kid walking in a gym and being treated with open arms by the biggest guys in town is gone.
Back in the day of Zuver's Gym everyone was made to feel welcome. When skinny kids walked in they were helped by, not only Bob Zuver, but by even champion lifters who trained there every day. That's what makes a good gym, GREAT. That's how so many guys in the old day became Famous. With Help From Though's who learned from the best old school teachers of the time.
Today it's about the money. Most gyms, clubs, Centers, only want to get enought fame to sell memberships.
Not build Legends. Many of the Great Legends got started in small home town gyms like Zuver's.
I would love to see a real, back to basics old school gym agin. It only needs to have basic equipment but lots of it. Bench Presses, Incline Presses, Flat Benches, a compleat set of Dumbbell's, from 20lbs to at least 200lbs.
Two good Power Racks. A compleat EZ Curl Bar Set from 40lbs to 250lbs. Sit up boards. And only two Machines in the place. A good Calf Machine, and a Good Pull down Lat Machine. Of corse TONs Of Free Weights.
And I mean TONS. That's all a Real Old School Gym needs to train The Best In The World.
But most of all. Spirit, Heart, and Ambition.
Show me a gym like this and I'll show you a Real Champion Gym.