Finding The Right Gym For You
It’s important that you ensure that YOU WILL GO, be happy, and not waste your money!
Before you commit for several months or years, try out several gyms by getting a free pass for at least a week so you can go at different times and use all of the facilities available.
When you visit the gym, do so during the times and days you'll be working out. This way you can see if it is crowded. Pay extra attention to machines and the group fitness classes if that is your emphasis. See if they have lines to get in or need you to pre-register for a class. That can be frustrating and prevent you for being consistent.
What to look for in a gym:
This is the most important! A gym can have everything you are looking for, but if it's too far away, there's a good chance you won't go. Make sure the gym is either close to your house and/or job.
We tend to assume that most gyms are open all hours of the day. Double-check to make sure the gym is available for the times and days you want to work out.
You'll most likely have to sign a contract and pay a certain amount each month.
The nicer the gym, the nicer the area, the nicer the membership, the more you'll pay.
But there are ways to make sure that you are getting the most from your money.
Look for specials! Most gyms offer monthly specials like no-initiation fee, or a few free months. They don’t always tell you if you don’t ask!
Negotiate! There's no harm in asking them to waive the initiation fee, change the contract terms, or even ask about lower monthly payments. I do this every time!
Research! Most people want to join a gym “right now” almost on an impulse after the holidays or not fitting in their jeans in the morning. Don’t take the first offer, shop around to nearby clubs. That will give you an idea of what people are charging and the specials they're offering. That will put you in a position to negotiate an even better deal.
Read carefully your contract! Is there a penalty for getting out of your contract early? Is there an option to put your membership on hold if you get injured, sick or have a long trip?
Make sure your gym has everything you want. Specific pieces of equipment, a stretching area, fitness classes, sauna, physical therapy, etc...
No one liked a jam-packed gym, but having people around can add energy to your workout. Pay attention to how the gym feels. Is the music good? Is it too loud? Are there waiting lines for any machines? Is there enough space for people to do their workouts? Do you feel comfortable?
Is the gym clean? Spacious? If it's a dump, I personally would not want to train everyday. What about TVs? Do they have plenty around the cardio machines so you don't get bored? Can you listen to the stations on your headphones? Are there spray bottles around the gym so people can wipe down the machines? Are the bathrooms clean and well-stocked?
During busy hours , make sure you don't have to spend an hour looking for a place to park.
Joining a gym is kind of a big commitment. Like any other big financial decision, make sure you have all the information you need to make a good decision.
After you sign up, it will be easy to commit!