Finding the right fitness club for you

Being part of a fitness club is a great way to boost your personal fitness goals and set yourself up for success. If you have a gym that you can go to regularly, then you can avoid skipping workouts or making excuses if the weather is bad. And let’s not

underestimate the power of good old guilt – if you are paying for a membership with your hard earned money, then you might as well use it! Every person is different in their own wants and desires of what kind of gym will make them happy, that is why there are so many different styles of fitness clubs out there. No matter who you are or what level of fitness you have when you walk into a gym for the first time, there is a gym out there for you. In order to guarantee that you will be happy with your gym, you just need to do a little leg work first.

  1. Will you be comfortable there? Ask for a tour or if it is okay to walk around the gym on your own. Most gyms will give you a tour so that they can make sure that you are seeing all of the benefits that their fitness club has to offer. It is also a sales approach so try to get you to sign up for a membership while you are there, so if you feel uncomfortable saying no to a sales pitch, then you can make this the last item on your list instead of the first.
  2. Cost – How much are the membership fees for the gym and what is included? Things to consider are classes, personal training, child care, etc. Do they require a long term membership contract? What kind of sign up bonus are they offering?
  3. Level of cleanliness and maintenance – while you are walking around the gym, try to take in all of the details as well as the big picture. Are the machines all in working order or are several out of service? Are there enough sets of weights to go around if the gym is busy? Are there enough machines that you will not be waiting in line during peak hours? Check the bathrooms as see what kind of shape they are in, they are a telltale sign of the kind of care that is put into the gym as a whole.
  4. Location – If a gym is in a location that is inconvenient to you, you won’t go, simple as that.
  5. Personal Training – Do they offer personal training sessions through the gym and do they give discounts on them to their members?
  6. Operating hours – What does your schedule look like? Are you looking for a 24 hour gym that you can go to at times when it works for your schedule? Or will a gym that is open 6-6 work just as well?
  7. Free visits – will they give you a free visit or even a trial period so that you can check out the gym in more detail?