SP RP: Choose the Right Gym for You
Monday, April 12, 2010
Choose the Right Gym for You
Finding the right gym is a lot like finding new restaurant. A good gym will fit your own unique personality, and motivate you to come back and exercise on a regular basis. Unlike a restaurant however, joining a gym is a large financial commitment, so it's even more important that you research your options before signing on the dotted line.
First, set up a tour during the time you usually exercise, and bring a list of questions you want answered.
Consider these 8 important criteria:
Location: Often, a gym located somewhere between your home and office is best.
Hours: Whether you workout early in the morning or late at night, make sure the hours fit your schedule, or you'll be paying for something you can't access.
Members: Will you be comfortable exercising around the current members? On your tour, does the gym seem overly crowded?
Staff: Are they qualified to guide you through your fitness routine? If you need a trainer, what are their rates?
Cleanliness: Make sure that towels are available to wipe off the equipment after each use. Peek into the locker rooms and showers, especially if you'll be using these often.
Equipment: Are there enough of the "popular" machines to go around, or do members have to wait in line to use them? Be cautious of out-of-order machines; this might be indicative of a poorly maintained gym.
Classes: Make sure that the classes you want to take are offered at the times you can attend, and find out if you need to show up early to reserve a spot.
Fees: Many gyms have a sign-up fee, but these are often waived during certain promotions. Ultimately, does a gym fit into your budget?
If you're happy with your gym, you're more likely to reach your fitness goals