I don't mind it but their whole "judgement free zone" thing is bullshit. People have judged me more there than any other gym I've ever gone to.
I have always been a bit skeptical of that slogan. Obviously they have some semblance of control over the staff, but there is no way they can impose
the "no judgment" mentality on other patrons. If I feel that an employee is 'judging' me, I can always speak privately to a manager. But if it is a gym rat looking down on me for having lesser abilities, what options do I really have? It's not like this is middle school recess.
I go about 4-5 times a week and I have seen ALL shapes and sizes in there. I'm not going to lie. I do
notice people at the extremes because they do
stand out - I see people who massively out of shape, but looking to improve; and I see some guys who are obviously on steroids. (Even overheard a couple guys in the locker room one day gossiping about another member who was heavy into steroid use).
When I see the extremely overweight person in the step room or the elderly person barely keeping up on the slow paced treadmill, my gut reaction is to send positive thoughts to them without gawking or judging. That kind of dedication is inspiring. On the flip side (and in technical violation of the "judgment free zone") I am a bit internally judgmental of the guys who are more interested in showing off/admiring themselves in the mirrors or the people who are there for a social hour.