Gym - 10 Things To Look Out For
|Now that you've made the commitment to starting a
workout program, the next step is choosing a gym that you will feel
comfortable going to on a regular basis. If it isn't, chances are
you aren't going to stick with any type of regular plan and will
eventually just stop going altogether. By being sure your gym is a
good fit for you, you help take yourself one step further to
realizing your health and fitness goals.|
Keep in mind that if
a traditional gym isn’t for you, you can definitely set up a home
gym where you can get complete workouts all in the privacy of where
you live. There are a number of home gym systems out there that
include all the equipment you need to perform all the key lifts that
should be included in any workout program.
Who really wants to spend twice as long
driving to and from their gym as it takes them to do their workout?
After a long day of work you are not going to want to spend a good
hour fighting traffic, another hour working out, and then another
half an hour driving home. Think about either choosing a gym that is
located close to your house or else on the drive to or from work.
This is a great option since if you have to pass by it every day,
you’ll be reminded of the fact that you should be working out if you
choose to skip it.
2. Membership Cost
Gym memberships can really vary in costs so it’s a
good idea to shop around before making that final commitment. Also
consider how long you are signing the contract for as this can vary
too. Many gyms like to rope you in for years and if you aren’t quite
sure it’s going to be a long-term arrangement, you’re better off
finding something that is more short-term.
you can wait until around late summer or New Year to sign up, you
will find that often many gyms will have special promotions going on
at this time.
3. Membership Demographic
Another factor to consider is the membership
demographic that goes to the gym. Some women will prefer going to an
all-ladies gym as it increases their comfort factor. For others, a
mixed gym is the perfect solution because half of the reason they go
there is to socialize and perhaps even find a date.
your needs, make sure you enquire about this and take it into
4. Additional Benefits
You will want to ask if the gym offers any additional
services or benefits along with your basic membership and if there
is a fee for these. Such examples would be daycare services,
physiotherapy, massage therapy, nutritional counselling, and fitness
5. Operating Hours
Always be sure to check the hours of operation of the gym.
If you are an early morning exerciser you will want to be sure they
are able to cater to this preference. Additionally ask about their
holiday policies. Many people enjoy working out on the holidays
because it is a relaxed day for them when they can really get in a
good workout. If you are looking forward to this and then go and
find out the gym is closed, you are going to be more than
disappointed. Similarly there are some people who prefer working out
late at night so you need to be sure that if this is the case you
will be able to do that.
6. Personal Training
Having some good, qualified personal
trainers on hand is critical to helping you realize your full
fitness potential. Even if you are fine with your program right now,
consider that in a year down the road you might be plateauing and in
need of a ‘check-up’ so to speak on your current regime.
Having the option available of knowledge staff cannot be
stressed enough. Unfortunately many gyms hire almost anyone who has
a basic interest in fitness, so be sure to enquire about the actual
certifications these trainers hold.
Be sure to ask about all the various
group fitness classes that are offered at the gym you are
considering. Often, when boredom kicks in on your workout plan, this
is just the thing to get you going again.
These days there
are currently thousands of different fitness class styles available,
so there is sure to be something that suites your interest.
When checking up on this, again inquire if there are any
additional fees associated with it so you are prepared for when you
go to sign up.
One very important factor you want to look for is the
cleanliness of the gym. You do not want to be working out on
equipment that is not clean as gyms are a place where germs can be
in high concentration. Also make sure they have towels and spray
bottles in various places around the gym to clean up after workouts,
and have a look at the bathrooms and change rooms to make sure they
are up to your standards.
9. Type/Quality Of
Looking at the type and quality of the
equipment offered in the gym is another thing you must factor in. If
you prefer free weights, make sure there is a large number of
dumbbells present because during rush hours, these could be hard to
Likewise, if you prefer doing your weight training
on guided machines, you’ll want to be sure they have enough variety
that you can work all the necessary muscles on your body. If you
find yourself doing a lot of cardio training as part of your
workouts you will want to be sure there are ample machines
Nothing is more frustrating than getting to the
gym after work to find out that there is not a single machine in
sight available for you to use. Ask if they offer a sign-up list
where you can write your name and time down to reserve a machine.
This is a great solution that many gyms have now come up with to
make sure their members can get their workouts in.
10. Cancellation Policy
Finally take a look
at the gym's cancellation policy. If you sign up for a 3 year
membership and then end up moving after a year due to work, are you
going to be partially refunded? It will be a bad situation if they
offer no refund or transfer membership.
Some gyms are good
about this and some are not so you will have to weigh the likelihood
of your cancelling among other things that are discussed above when
making your decision.
So, be sure you are considering all of
these essential factors when choosing gym. Overlooking just one
could lead you to being less than happy with your workout facility
and this could end up being the reason why you do not stick with