BoxLife Fitness Training #417
BoxLife Fitness Training #417
The name of the gym is “Box Life” which means “home of home”. The word ‘life’ in this case refers to physical health and well being. Also, it’s a reference to the fact that there are many boxes around the world where people live together and share their homes with others. This concept is very common in Japan, China, Korea and other Asian countries.
BoxLife Fitness Training #417 was opened by Mr. Masahiro Yamashita (1935-2012) in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Yamashita is known as one of the pioneers of the Japanese bodybuilding scene.
His first gym was called “Yamato Gym”, which means “home of Yamato” in Japanese. He later changed it into “Box Life”.
Mr. Yamashita started training at the age of 12. At the time, he had no idea what bodybuilding was all about. However, after seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger perform his famous routine in movies, he decided to start doing some exercises himself.
After that experience, he began competing in local amateur shows and eventually won a national title at 14 years old!
In 1967, Mr. Yamashita founded his own gym named “Box Life” and trained a lot of professional bodybuilders and many other people.
In recent years, Mr.Yamashita is most famous for his work with the band “Yellow Magic Orchestra”. He was also involved in the creation of modern music instruments such as the Yamaha DX7 synthesizer.
Unfortunately, Mr.Yamashita died in 2010 at the age of 75 from esophageal cancer. His gym, however, continues to carry his legacy in the form of one of the most advanced training facilities in all of Japan.
What is the purpose of this gym?
BoxLife Fitness Training #417 was built to help people lead a long and healthy life by improving their physical and mental condition.
We can achieve this with regular exercise, proper nutrition, adequate rest and other important factors.
The number of people with sedentary lifestyles is on the rise. It is a well-known fact that lack of physical activity can lead to heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and other medical conditions.
The health club industry is also on the rise, with the total number of members around the world reaching over 100 million.
Many of these facilities are commercialized and designed to make a profit. They focus on selling subscriptions and providing services at an expensive price. As a result, many people, especially those with lower incomes, cannot afford their services.
This is where BoxLife Fitness Training #417 comes in. Our goal is to provide the most advanced training at an affordable price for everyone, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnicity. All we require is a sincere desire to achieve good health through regular exercise and sound nutrition.
We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality exercise equipment regardless of their financial situation.
Our facility was built as a non-profit gym and all the equipment inside are specifically designed to maximize the benefit at the lowest possible cost.
The only thing we require is a small fee of 100 yen per day, which is around $1.00 USD. Yes, that’s right. One dollar.
Or even less, if you can’t afford to pay up front.
However, we were not able to build this place without some sort of funding. For that reason, there is one thing we ask from our users.
We would like everyone to pay it forward.
What does that mean?
In short, it means if you have received something from someone, you should do something to help others in return at some point in the future.
For example, if you borrowed a tool from a friend and promised to give it back the next day, then you should try your best to keep that promise. If you took a picture from a museum without permission, you should try not to do that again in the future.
At BoxLife, we recognize that everyone has different body types and abilities. Not everyone can do 50 pull-ups or run a mile in under 5 minutes. That’s fine. The point is to start somewhere and to gradually improve from there.
With hard work and dedication, everyone can achieve their goals and live a healthier life.
What does BoxLife offer?
*Cardiovascular equipment: Treadmills, exercise bikes, stair masters and other devices designed to improve your stamina and heart health.
*Strength training equipment: Free weights, weight machines, elastic bands and other devices designed to improve the strength and size of your muscles.
*Pool: A 25-meter indoor pool with adjustable difficulty to help improve your swimming technique.
*Sauna: a room designed to help you relax and unwind after a long day.
*Spa: A room filled with steam and a sauna to help you relax and unwind after a long day.
*Gentlemen’s Lounge: A room filled with showers, sinks, hairdryers and other grooming supplies to help you look good.
*Ladies’ Lounge: A room filled with showers, sinks, hairdryers and other grooming supplies to help you look good.
Championship Boxing Ring: Face off against rivals in a safe and friendly (?
Please remember to pay it forward.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Julius K. Schubenski
Owner, BoxLife Fitness Training Facility #417
Are you looking forward to working at the new gym?”
Mom asks as we pull into the parking lot.
“Yeah. I really need to get back in shape. I’ve been pretty lazy lately,” you say, turning off the car.
“That’s great honey! I’m so proud of you. I know you can do it. You can do anything you set your mind to.”
You smile at your mother and get out of the car. The pair of you enter the gym together.
“Let’s get you set up with your employee badge and uniform so you can start working.
Did you fill out the application online before you came?
Because if you haven’t, I need to do that before they let you in,” she explains as the two of you enter the building.
“Yeah, I did it on my phone on the way here.”
“Great. Lemme just print this out for you and we can get started. Go ahead and have a seat and I’ll be right with you. The nice thing about this job is that you can wear basically whatever you want, as long as you have your badge on and aren’t wearing sneakers.”
You nod and take a seat. Not a moment later, your mother walks up to you with a sheet of paper in her hands.
“Here you go. This is a list of the basic rules of the gym. Most of it is common sense stuff, like being respectful to other members and not leaving any mess around, but I’d recommend going over it anyway.”
You nod and take the list from her hands.
“Thanks, Mom. I really appreciate this.”
“No problem, honey. I’m glad to help.”
“You always help. You’re the best Mom a guy could ask for. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
She smiles and gives you a kiss on the forehead.
“Now, go make sure you get all that homework done that you were talking about earlier. I’ll let you know when dinner is ready.”
You nod and reluctantly stand up, walking towards the entrance to the gym while your mother heads off in the opposite direction. You push open the door and step inside, finding yourself staring at a short, balding man who is most certainly Julius.
“Ah! You must be the new worker we hired! Welcome to BoxLife, my friend. I am Julius.
I own this gym.
“Kyle,” you reply, shaking his hand.
“Hello, Kyle. If you would like to get started, I can show you around and explain the ins and outs of the job. I’m sure that your mother has explained some of it, but I’m the one who knows everything.
Now, make sure you’re paying attention, okay?
Lots to know.”
Over the next few minutes, Julius goes over a lot about the gym. Where everything is. How to use the machines. How to spot and when to help people who are using weight equipment.
He goes over the hours of operation and more importantly, the cancellation policy. You’re expected to call the day before if you can’t make it in. Failure to do this can lead to termination. Finally, he gets to how much you’ll be getting paid.
“Now, you’ll be getting paid $50 every week. If you come in at 8 AM during the week, 9 AM on Saturday or Sunday, and I’ll have it for you.
“Yes,” you reply.
“Great! With that, you’re dismissed. Go enjoy your first day of work!”
You take your list of rules and head off to find the locker rooms.
Over the next few hours, you go through all the machines, familiarizing yourself with their function and watching others use them. You see a lot of people using weights, but you decide to hold off on using them until later. There’s too many people bunched around them now, and you’d prefer to have access to them when you want rather than waiting.
The hours pass by and you meet a few of your regulars. Some are pretty friendly, while others seem to be in a world of their own. No matter how friendly they act towards you, you feel a barrier that keeps them at a distance. You think back to when you were younger and how easy it was to make friends.
It just feels so forced. No one really wants to talk to you. Not because you’re a bad person, they just don’t want to be friends. It’s a very odd feeling.
You get home as the sun is setting and your mother greets you at the front door.
How was your day, honey?”
“Good,” you reply as you walk to your room.
Did you make any friends?”
You turn towards her and shake your head. “I don’t want to make friends.”
She gives you a worried look before nodding and closing your door. You throw your bag on your desk and lie on your bed, staring up at your ceiling. You briefly wonder if this is what it feels like to be depressed, but you quickly dismiss the idea. Everyone feels this way sometimes, you reason.
It’s completely normal.
You lie in bed for a few hours, trying to fall asleep, but find it difficult as you keep thinking about high school. The school seems so large and you can’t imagine how you’re going to learn all the ins and outs, not to mention remembering all the classes. You’re already intimidated and you haven’t even started yet.
You shake off these feelings of dread and stand, grabbing your bag. You walk to your desk and pull out your math homework; you’ll go through the problems and see if that helps. You can do this.
Your time at the gym has gone well so far. You haven’t had any real problems with anyone, and people are beginning to recognize you. This makes you happy as you feel like you’re really fitting in somewhere for once in your life. The only problem is that you really aren’t making any friends, but you’re content with that.
Everyone in the gym is nice to you and you enjoy their company, but you aren’t ‘friends’ friends. You’re just colleagues and acquaintances. That’s good enough for you.
Your daily routine is the same for the next two years. Go to school, go to work, come home, do homework, and repeat. No friends have really come out of it, but you really don’t care as your life is fairly interesting at this point.
Then, something changes.
Your mother comes into your room one night, unusually excited.
“Honey, there’s an opening at the gym for a janitor and I really want you to get it! It would be perfect for you!”
You frown. You don’t really consider cleaning bathrooms and emptying trash bins to be your idea of a perfect job, but if it makes her happy then you’ll certainly consider it. At least, you would, if the job wasn’t already taken…
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