There are many reasons people look for a gym to join. Whether it’s the first of the year, the beginning of swimsuit season or your doctor telling you it’s time to get into shape. If you’ve decided it time to join a gym, here’s some things to look for before signing on the dotted line.
1. Location, Location, Location:
Studies have shown that the easiest way to form a new habit is to make it convenient. For a gym, this means one located close to some place you already go, such as work, school or home. The greatest gym in the world will do you little good if it’s located across town and is a hassle to get to on a regular basis.
2. Cost Is Crucial:
Many gyms will offer a cheap introductory price to get you to sign on the dotted line but look at the regular price as well. The regular price should fit into your budget comfortably. Also ask about the cancelation policy to make sure if your situation changes, such as you move away, you can get out of the contract without excessive penalties.
3. Check Out the Amenities
When touring the gym, make sure it’s well maintained, clean, as well as having the equipment you are looking for in enough abundance that you can use what you are interested in using. Also, pay attention to the number of attendants to make sure there is help should you need it. Make note of any niceties such as free towels or introductory sessions with a personal trainer, if these things are interesting to you.
Another thing to make note of when touring the gym is the clientele. Are these people you will feel comfortable sweating around? Also, are the current clients working out or chatting? Do they look happy to be there or just going through the motions? Remember, this could be you in a few months so make sure you like what your future looks like.
5. Try It Before You Buy It:
Before signing on the contract, ask for a guest pass to make sure that this gym is the right fit for you. Make your visit or visits at the time you would normally work out to get a true picture of how the gym operates.
Looking for a gym might seem like a daunting prospect but taking the time to pick the right one can make all the difference between a gym you use and one you merely pay for every month. The right gym can make working out a favorite time of the day as something you look forward to relaxing and have fun.