Tips for Selecting the Right Gym

April 3, 2014
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There are lots of fitness centers available today like Curves, and while having many options is always good, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which one is the best option, since they’ll all claim to be the best. If you can’t make up your mind, here are some tips to help you out.

 

Location Matters

Location_Matters_GymMembershipFeesThere’s no point enrolling in a gym if it’s 30 to 45 minutes away, because that will just give you all the excuses you need not to go. There are days when you just don’t feel like going to the gym, and if it’s far away the temptation to slack off will be greater. So make sure that the gym is near your home or workplace, or if you apply you can access other locations nearby.

Check the Hours

Check_the_Hours_GymMembershipFeesNot everyone works from 9 to 5 and if you’re one of those, better look at when the gym is open. There are some open 24/7 but not all are so inquire about schedule before signing up. There are a lot of gym options available so there’s no reason for you to stay in a center you’re not comfortable with. Remember, the gym should accommodate your work schedule, and not the other way around.

The Cost

Hand counting moneyGym membership fees vary not just among the many fitness centers but even in a particular gym because there are many levels (basic, advanced etc.). Apart from the monthly dues, some fitness centers have an initiation fee while others don’t. Gyms of course have different targets, with some going for the low cost approach and others after a higher class clientele. The point is, you need to find the best deal that matches your needs.

Reputation

Reputation_GymMembershipFeesOne of the easiest ways to find a good gym is ask your friends for recommendations, or you can go online and check out what people are saying about it. There are a lot of things you should look out for, but one of the most important is the cleanliness of the place, if the bathrooms are well maintained and if there are disinfectant equipment available.

Classes and Equipment

Classes_and_Equipment_GymMembershipFeesThis is what it all boils down to in the end, the equipment and classes. As far as gym equipment goes the popular ones are stacked with all the latest cardio gear, but you need to check if there’s enough of them so you don’t wait in line too much. Second, take a tour of the place or visit their website and ask about the classes. Yoga, boxing and MMA classes are very popular these days so if you want that, make inquiries. Note that in most gyms, there’s no extra charge for attending these.

Finally, remember that gyms like Bally Total Fitness offer free trial membership for a number of days. Meaning, you get to try out their equipment and inspect the place so you can decide if it’s right for you or not. Given all the options available, it’s only a matter of time before you find the right one.

 

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