Does the thought of picking a gym make your head spin? Well, reserve that spinning for your soon-to-be favorite cycling class. We’re going to show you how to pick a gym the stress-free, time- and money-saving way.
How to Pick a Gym: What You Should Consider
Whether you are joining a gym for the first time or starting your New Year’s resolution just a little late, there are lots of things to think about when you’re gym shopping. We know all about it, so we put together An Insider’s Guide to Choosing a Gym.
In a nutshell:
Location, Location, Location.
Our best advice: find a gym that is convenient for you. If your lifestyle requires a 3-hour roundtrip commute to work every day, you’ll probably feel less motivated to hit the gym that’s another half hour drive away from home.
Along with the gym’s location, look into its hours of operation. Some gyms, like Boost Fitness, are open 24-hours, 7 days a week, while others close up shop promptly at 6 pm on weeknights. Will you get to the gym in time to squeeze in a proper workout?
Everything — and the Kitchen Sink.
Do research and visit as many gyms as you can to learn:
- What kind of equipment do they offer? How many pieces are available? Make sure they’ve got a good mix of updated cardio and weight equipment that you feel confident you can use (or learn how to use quickly). Ask the gym staff if they know whether people tend to have to wait for machines; no one wants to fight over the elliptical.
- Are there fitness classes available? Even if you’re not on the market for classes right off the bat, you may change your mind later. Knowing that you can add classes to your workout regimen at any time can be a nice perk.
- Do they offer personal and group training? Knowing that you can take your fitness goals to the next level by calling in the pros could help you reach your goals faster.
Wait — How Much Will the Kitchen Sink Cost?
Gyms offer different kinds of pricing and fees. Ask what you’ll pay:
- when you sign up
- each month
- every year (if there are annual fees)
Will you have to commit to a year? Two years? Can you go month-to-month? You’ll find that there’s a ton of diversity in how gyms offer and package their services.
There are a few things that can make your gym experience even more enjoyable. Find out what amenities your short-listed gyms offer, such as:
- locker rooms
- showers and changing areas
- snack/juice bars
What about the atmosphere? Would you feel comfortable working out there? Or would you feel intimidated by the bodybuilders lounging in the free weights area?
Is It a Make or Break?
There’s expectation. But then there’s reality. Is the olympic-size lap pool more of a nice-to-have when it comes to the tune of $200/mo.? Do you love to work out after 10 pm when you can have the gym all to yourself? If the gym doesn’t fit your needs (and your wallet), then it makes it harder for you to get and stay fit.
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