(Closed) Do you trust the scales at your gym? (vent – sort of)

posted 10 years ago in Fitness
Post # 17
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

At least the gym at my school isn’t sneaky like that.  All of the classes there are free and the fees are reasonable for me as a student (not really reasonable for non students though).

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Wow, so I never thought about this before, and just trusted that the scales were correct… They’ve never been more than 5lbs off either way, but I’ll definitely be being more aware from now on!!!

Post # 19
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Busy bee

I work at a gym…its hard to keep the scales calibrated correctly when people jump/stomp on them so we always grab a 5lb weight place it on the scale and see if it reads at 5lbs. If it doesn’t then we know by how much it is off and can accurately weigh people. 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Good to know that some gyms are honest. I can’t afford personal training anyways so I don’t have to worry about being duped into it 🙂

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Notwithstanding the fact that the gym itself may adjust the scale upwards to make you appear heavier than you really are, there are a NUMBER of reasons why the scale shows a higher number than your real weight.

I don’t know about you, but I weigh myself first thing in the morning, naked, before I eat anything or take a shower… which would be at my lowest weight.  If I was to weigh myself later on, the clothes I would be wearing as well as all of the food and drinks I have had that day are included.  Also, since there are so many different people of varying weights at the gym weighing themselves all the time, its very likely that the scale isn’t callibrated correctly (since its a manual scale) and ends up being off no matter what.

Who cares what the gym one says.  I also discredit the doctor’s office one for this same reason… well the wearing of clothes and including all the food/ drinks I had already eaten that day.

Regardless of if my true weight is 125, but my scale at home says 123, as long as I weigh myself everyday, I can tell if my weight is fluctuating, which is the most important thing to know!

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I sure hope the scales at the gym are reliable because I’ve been losing weight!

Post # 23
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Blushing bee

This is what I noticed at my gym every Monday im 5 pounds heavier than on Friday. My Fiance and I came to a conclusion.. since everyone “start their diet on monday” they make you feel like you weigh more but on friday you “lost weight” cause you were working out. Now since you obviously did not work out during the weekend you “gained those 5 pounds back” and now you gotta go to the gym on monday feeling all guilty after the weekend.. and now you have to lose it..

They mess with us and thats not cool..

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

I belong to New York Sports Clubs so during the week I go to one in the city by my office and on the weekend I go to one by my apartment in Jersey. The one near my office is heavily trafficked and their scale NEVER works. It probably hasn’t been calibrated since they opened the place. The one near my house is brand spaking new and really not very busy – their scale is great. But generally, scales at the gym are not to be trusted.

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

There may be several reasons why it was so high. 

First off- You weighed yourself at the end of the day. After you’ve eaten all day, drank water/pop/whatever, it’s still fluid.

Second- you worked out so you were probably sweating. That could add a few pounds. Last week I weighed myself on my HOME scale and it said I had gained 6 pounds in 4 days. Of course I weighed myself the next morning and low and behold, I magically lost 6 pounds just by sleeping!

Third- You had clothes on, which, I’m sure were also soaked with sweat. That weighs them down, making them heavier. It may not seem like a lot at all, but you’d be surprised!

I would try to stop in earlier in the day JUST to weigh yourself maybe

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I use the scale at my gym, but I use the same scale every week.  My doctors office is three pounds heavier than my gym scale.

I put a scale on my registry.. so I can use that as my every day scale.  I think it’s more important to use the same one consistently to see your progress.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Scales are so mean! I will only use one when I go to the doctor.

A couple things: The pp who said that you were weighing yourself at the end of the day and therefore likely weighed more was probably spot on. Working out also causes your muscles to retain water. For me this has sometimes resulted in a five pound difference!

The annoying thing about weight is that it changes constantly with water retention, especially around that time of the month, so it’s difficult to ever get a “true” read on your weight. The best thing to do is to weigh yourself weekly at the same time of day and on the same scale. Then you can track your weight over time and see the “trend.” The fluctuations from day to day are just too huge so that’s why it’s better to do it weekly. Also, like you said, just focus on how your clothes fit, that’s probably the best gauge.

Sorry that you had such a crappy experience on your gym scale 🙁 Don’t take it to heart though. Good for you for getting back to the gym in the first place!

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

gosh,you would think the scales at the gym would say you weighed 10 lbs less to keep you motivated and coming back!!(at least thats what I would think! Seeing an extra 10 lbs would make me not truly enjoy my workout…I would be too focused on what the scale said!)

That being said, the balance in the “old fashioned” scales can be off and in need of calibration, so there is a chance of the scale being off!

Post # 29
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you way yourself at night, I’m not surprised there is a huge discrepancy. You should weigh yourself in the morning, empty stomach and empty bowels. If you keep consistency in your weigh-ins–where you weigh, times, naked or in pajamas, etc, you’ll be able to track better. We have a fancy scale at the gym and I weigh about 5 lbs more than I do at home on my new glass one. But at the gym, I have clothes AND shoes on. At home I’m nekkid. And if i weigh myself first thing in the morning, well, that’s what I count. All the food in my belly throughout the day, my 8 glasses of water, etc, add a lot of false weight to the scale.

Don’t be discouraged. Does your gym offer body fat measurements? I love getting those. I try to eat the same foods before i get measurements (since it works off electrical currents) so I don’t accidentally mess it up, but I feel like that percentage along with measurements every month tracks my progress far better than the scale.

Post # 30
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t trust gyms at all. Gyms are a BUSINESS. I was so pissed when I signed up at my gym in January because they’re really huge and all about being a part of your LIFESTYLE blah blah blah. I came in telling them: I know I want to sign up so lets do it. they were still trying to “sell” me on it and talk to me about my problems and goals etc. I’m like okay what I do not want is for you to talk to me. I know what I need to do, take my money and leave me alone!!

Then they called me 3 times the next 2 weeks to find out how i liked it and to find out why i hadn’t come more. I told them if they didn’t take me off the call list I’d quite. Psychos, I tell ya. 

 

Re: the scale. Buy one to keep at home. What is important is progress not so much the number. I only weigh on my scale at home so I can always tell if I’m gaining or losing. 

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

It’s recommended to accurately track your weight you weigh yourself on the same scale at the same time each day.  Weight flucuates throughout the day and week, and all sclaes are calibrated differently and adjusted on different schedules.  My dr’s old-school style scale is always 4-8 lbs heavier than my electronic scale.  I don’t know which is “right’ but when I gain 2 lbs according to one, I’m 2 lbs heavier on the other, too.

MY problem with the gym is that I don’t trust the levels and calorie trackers (even putting in the height/weight/age details).  I was using levels 8-10 on the Precor at the NYSS near my old apartment, but when I bought my own Sole E55, I could barely use level 2 for more than 25 min (both use a scale of 1-20).  WTF?  That’s a HUGE discrepency!  I’ve since switched to running.

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