Feeling Completely Safe at the Gym (& In Life)

I’ve only been to the gym 4 times this week, and the fact that I just joined and I hear a story like this, kind of freaks me out.

I arrived at the gym by 5am this morning and I saw the News 12 van there and wondered what was going on? I’ve noticed that when I get to the gym the lights in the parking lot are on which is good, I feel a bit safe walking through the parking lot. Unfortunately I have to park a bit farther because I drive a truck and I don’t want to worry about hitting anyone’s car or anyone for that matter, so it’s better if I have that leeway. I workout, and everything is great until I have to go back to my truck. The parking lot is dark and kind of scary, especially for me. I do carry ma$e (see what I did there? lol) with me, but that can only do so much. I’m a short, petite girl. Thankfully, I get to my car safe but the idea of darkness does freak me out. So much that I do think about it even before I leave for the gym. I always hope and pray that I’ll be safe. Call me a paranoid mom, I guess.

So back to the news. I come back home and turn on the TV to see if there will be anything about why that news truck was there, and alas, there was something. Basically, cars at the gym have been broken into. And there are no cameras in the parking lot, which is beyond me. I know for a fact that they have cameras at Target’s parking lot. It’s crazy to me that the gym doesn’t have cameras in this gym parking lot, not to mention the lights going off by 6am. I wanted to ask the gym about it but I never got a chance to yet. Hopefully this news story will get them to do something about it. After all, the gym has money to do this, they collect SO much, and they’re a HUGE corporation.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that this world is unfortunately an untrusting place, where while you should feel like you can help complete strangers, you can never be too sure. I’d really like your thoughts on this. Am I being too cynical? There has just been some crazy things going on in our world today, and as a mom especially, I feel like I have to be this way.

Don’t get me started on my joining the gym story… I’ll share that another time.

  • http://twitter.com/jacquelyn1981 Jacquelyn Marks

    It is absolutely scary. They should offer some type of security for all their guests. As a female walking alone in a dark parking lot, we all have to be aware and careful of what is happening around us.

  • http://www.suelegance.com/ Susan Jane

    I agree, they should at the very least have cameras in the parking lot and the lights on when it’s dark. I hope they do something about this!

  • http://twitter.com/SeeBeckman Chris Beckman

    Susan… there is NO excuse for the gym (Large Corp. or not) to ignore the safety of their clients once the door closes behind them… In their lease, parking is included. Therefore it should be as much a priority as having clean wipes to wipe down the equipment after use or a safety catch on their Smith Machine.. If you want to email me the gyms name and location I will personally see to it that someone from our company visits them regarding this issue… (not making a buck on this BTW, just good business) Chris.Beckman@wilkinssolutions.com I will get in touch with our Rep in that area to visit at least..

  • http://www.vitaminberry.com/ Vitamin Berry

    I agree with you there are some place where we can’t even trust to walk alone even i have felt the same thanks for sharing your story.

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