Hi, I'm a newbie to Taiwan. I'm also an old gym rat who can't seem to give up the habit. I've spent a good deal of time looking on this website and on others, and I can't seem to find a good place for exercise in the Zhongli/Nei Li area.
My problem is that I like mindless, numbing, alienating exercise with free weights (weights that are free of machine control; you have to use your own muscles to guide and control them). Does anyone know of:
1) Any gym/workout/anything-with-free-weights place in Taoyuan County, preferably near north Zhongli?
(however, if you know of any good gym/facility in Taiwan, please post its info here)
2) A good place to buy free weights in Taipei? Better yet, in Taoyuan Co.?
(I need the Olympic style, 20kg big plates down through the 5kg's, with an Olympic barbell, too-and a good bench that will double as a squat rack. I live in a new housing maze near Nei Li and I'm pretty sure that I can put these weights in an exercise area already maintained by my building. I only need a starter set, maybe 150kg or so, including the barbell. I'm only interested in building & maintaining upper- and lower-body strength for climbing, hiking, riding, etc.).
Thanks in advance from an old gravity beater!