I decided to go to the Health and Wellness Center in Clinton, NJ for a leg day since I’ve been doing a lot of arm exercises. It is run by the local hospital the Hunterdon Medical Center, and it has two locations, one in Whitehouse Station and they opened one up in Clinton as a second location. The Clinton one is closer to my house, so I went there. I have been to the Whitehouse one years ago, and was even a member. I remembered liking the gym, and the atmosphere.
The website said they were open until 5, and I got there a little later than I would have liked. I got there at 4:25, and thought this will give me just enough time to complete my leg workout. I was told when I got there that the exercise area closes at 4:45, and I said on the website it says 5. She explained, we close the exercise area 15 minutes before closing. Now, I can understand this from an employee point of view. They want to leave, go home, and don’t want to waste time waiting for members to get off the floor, shower, and change. However, I wish they had stated that on their website. We both are at fault a bit.
I first noticed that everything seemed very clean, even though it was late in the day. The equipment wasin good working condition, clean, and well labeled. I went over to the free weight section of the gym, and it’s relatively small. It may be one of the smallest out of the traditional-style gyms I’ve been to. The gym features more options in the cable, “Nautilus” style weight equipment found near the cardio equipment, and there it appeared you could get a circuit strength training. There was a lot of cardio workout equipment, which is always a good thing and something to look for in a gym.
The configuration of the gym was interesting. There was a decent amount of room in the free weight area to not feel crowded. The rest of the equipment area seemed close together, almost too close. When it gets crowded, I’m not sure how the well the room would flow with people moving in and around equipment. As I stated, this is definitely the smaller of the two locations, with doctors offices on the second floor. The Whitehouse one at least from what I remember was more spread out, had more equipment, and featured a full-sized pool.
The second “gym” was the great outdoors in the form of a hike along the South Branch of the Raritan River in High Bridge. The river was high, so none of my usual rock jumping was going to happen. It was a short walk, but as anything in nature, I immediately felt a calming affect to my body. So I got my cardio and legs in all in one day.