Sometimes things change and it’s beyond your control. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. Or it can be a good opportunity to reevaluate what you’ve been doing or what you want to do.

On Wednesday morning I got up at 5:30 as I usually do and walked the 2.5km (1.5 miles) to the gym only to find the regular crew standing outside. At first I thought someone had just slept in and the gym just hadn’t been opened up yet, but no, it was worse. The gym had gone into administration and was shut down. I had known the owner was looking for a buyer but clearly that hadn’t worked out.

So the hunt is on for a new gym. This morning I did a trial session at a relatively new gym 10-15 minutes walk from my home but that is not the gym for me. After a gym with a really good community vibe and a great set up for the kind of workout I do, this place had no soul, the machines were bad and there was just no room to do anything. After some research into other gyms in the area I will be doing some trial sessions at a couple of them before I commit to anything longer-term. It might be strange to some but I have actually missed having a locker room at the gym. The one I’ve been going to only had two or three individual change room/shower setups. I’ve always enjoyed the locker room vibe after a workout. Getting undressed and having a shower with others around. It’s not (just) being able to see other gym guys getting changed, it also means I don’t have to get the train to work all sweaty either.

Let’s see what I can find. If I find a good gym with a good locker room (and dare I wish for communal showers?) then I’ll be a happy man.