Vox is known for fomenting class warfare, but this piece makes an interesting point…that the fitness industry markets to the affluent, leaving behind the less-well-heeled, who have already been stiffed by lousy schools that taught them little about personal health and fitness. However, most people bear some of the blame for their poor choices. Walking and jogging are free (after buying an affordable pair of shoes), so are calisthenics, which require nothing more than the clothes you are wearing.

Cost is one reason I am a big proponent of working with kettlebells. With just two or three kettlebells, you can craft an effective, sustainable fitness routine that can help you achieve nearly any goal you wish to aim for. Training might cost you a bit, but it’ll be worth it…life changing, even. And then you can continue your kettlebell training by reading good articles from credible groups, such as StrongFirst.

Don’t get trapped by your circumstances. With a little bit of work, and a couple of inexpensive tools, you can find a path to better health.

The rich are getting fitter while the poor are falling behind.

A defining characteristic of the tribe using these workout spaces is affluence. It’s people with a good deal of disposable income — and an interest in fitness — who can pay to use these facilities. According to Vogue, they’ve even been relegated to the sphere of status symbol. “It’s become very much a brand in itself, the kind of sport and exercise you do,” Candice Fragis, the buying and merchandising director at Farfetch.com, told the magazine. Another spinning enthusiast said, “It’s like the only acceptable lifestyle brag.”

Source: The case against luxury gyms like SoulCycle – Vox