Find the Right Gym
Every January, we make our New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps we resolve to budget better, or get married. By far, one of the most popular resolutions is to lose weight and join a gym. The gym industry is huge in America, so it can be difficult finding the perfect gym. Here are some tips to consider when finding the right gym for you.
Work Out Near Home
Find a gym that is near your home, or on the way to work. If you have to go out of your way to the gym, you probably won’t go as much. Create a list of local gyms in your area that you are interested in. After you have a list of the local gyms, you can research their websites to see what they offer. When you have narrowed the gyms down to the few you want to check out, hit the pavement. Most gyms offer a three-day or one week pass, to check out their services. Talk to the staff and other members to gauge how the gym meets your needs. As you work out, evaluate how you feel at the gym. If you feel positive, this is a great possibility. Location can be very important when finding the right gym.
Check Your Time
Visit the gym at the time you are most likely to work out. Are you a morning person or an afternoon person? By doing this, you can gauge the crowd control and see if that would be a problem for you.
Check for clean environment and machines. People touch the equipment all day, so cleanliness is essential. With so many people touching the equipment, the chances of catching someone else’s sickness is high. If the gym employees keep the equipment clean and in good repair that’s a good sign.
Ask about reciprocity agreements with other gyms within your city, or nationwide. Many gyms are part of a network and will allow you to work out as you travel, or they have multiple locations. Don’t be afraid to ask about reciprocity.
Check your contract to ensure that you understand everything you are signing. If your credit card will be charged automatically, make sure you have the exact amount you will be charged. Ask about the fees and different pricing options to suit your needs. It is also important to understand how long you are under contract. Make sure that you understand how you are going to cancel your contract, should you need to. Make sure that this process is laid out from the very beginning so you understand what you are signing up for.
It is important to gather and compare all the gym membership prices and gym membership deals. This can play a major key in finding the right gym. Some gyms charge more because they offer more, and some offer better deals at different times!
Check the culture of the gym you are interested in. A good gym culture is very important when working out. A good mix of machines and equipment is a great sign. Make sure the treadmills, elipticals and other machines will fit your needs so you can switch your workouts up with different exercises.
Finding a gym you will stick with and use will take a little research. But with the right research you can find a gym that will help you keep your new year’s resolution and end the year healthier than you began.