Finding The Right Gym For You
No matter where you turn, there are gyms and workout studios praising their benefits. Finding a gym that will fit your needs doesn’t have to be a long and arduous process. So how do you decide which one will be best for you? Before spending your hard earned money, do a little research, and ask the right questions.
What do you want from your workout? Establishing what your goals are dictate what types of workouts you should be focusing on and where you will be able to work out.
- Do you want some guidance in your workouts or do you just want to “do your workout in your own time and at your own pace”?
- Do you want to have fitness instructors available who can answer questions and provide guidance?
- Do you want to build cardiovascular health, lean muscle mass, and/or lose weight?
Time, location, and availability are very important.
- What time of day do you expect to be going to the gym? Will you be going before work, after work, late at night before bed, or at another time? When searching for a gym, make sure you go there at the same time of the day that you expect to be working out. Gyms can look and feel very different from one part of the day to the next.
- What is the proximity of the gym to your home or work? If the gym is really close to where you live or work, you’re far more likely to exercise frequently than if you have to drive half an hour or more to get to the gym.
- Do you mind working out in crowded gyms or do you like to have more space? Working out in a crowded gym can be annoying, especially when you want to get in and out quickly.
Do the staff members or instructors have any type of credentials? It is important to have qualified staff members who can guide you in not only the proper use of the machines but also in proper exercise form. Ask instructors and staff members what their credentials are and then do a little research to find out how their credentials will benefit you.
- Do the facility and exercise machines look clean?
- Does the facility offer amenities that you like/need?
- Do you think you would feel comfortable working out there?
- Does the facility have a variety of exercise routines or fitness based workout routines that cater to different fitness levels?
In the US, the average estimated cost of a gym membership is approximately $56 per month. If you live in large cities the cost can easily be twice as high. The more you pay, the more comfortable the exercise experience should be.
- Compare the cost of each workout center that you are reviewing. Whether you are working out 3-4 times per week for 30 minutes a day, or 2 times per week for 60 minutes per day, you want to feel like you are not paying too much for what you are getting.
- Remember the adage, “You get what you pay for”? Keep in mind that the lower cost gyms usually don’t offer the same amenities that higher cost gyms do. If you want quality, you generally have to pay for it.
- Gym memberships can be a wise investment, but you have to use the gym to obtain the benefits.
Before you become locked into a gym membership, consider a trial membership where you can explore what the gym has to offer.
- Be sure to ask about discounts or trial memberships. Before you spend too much time and money on a particular gym membership, make sure that the gym fits your needs.
- Try to avoid gyms that lock you into a long-term membership or commitment, such as a year, without first letting you try out their services. Rather, sign up for a short period of time to see if it is something you want to continue.
If you try out a gym and find it isn’t what you expected, you can always try another one. Like most anything else, finding a gym that fits your needs may not be easy. It may take considerable time, energy, and research, but the benefits can be enormous.