Being Selective When Selecting a Gym

By Donna Stark

I just spent the last 10 minutes or so counting all of the gyms, boot camps, and fitness centers around my home. There’s a bunch, actually more than what can be counted on two hands, within just a mile or two of where I live. Yet I choose to drive 20 minutes outside of that bubble to get my sweat on in a different part of town. On paper, it seems like it’s a waste of time and gas to go so far out of my way, especially when I have closer options, but when you find something that works, you stick with it, right?

Decisions, Decisions

We spend so much time researching products before we buy them. We ask for experiences, read hundreds of both good and bad reviews, and compare prices from as many different sources as we possibly can. Well, that same kind of focus and energy should be applied when it is time to choose a gym. After all, this purchase is kind of important too. So here are some key points to consider that will help you make the right choice for your fitness and health goals.

  • Price - First things first … what can you afford? You have to know this, so ask those questions. Ask about what is included, if there are hidden fees, what it costs to cancel, and how much extra training costs. These fees can add up and you will want to be ready for them.
  • Hours - Obviously, after price, this is one of the most important factors to consider. If you like to work out super early in the morning or prefer to sweat to the late-night local news, make sure the gym you’re considering is open at those times. Also, check their weekend schedule too as some gyms may only offer limited hours. If you are a weekend warrior, this is critical to know.
  • Classes - Maybe you’re more of a social butterfly and appreciate working out with groups. If so, you definitely need to check the class schedule to confirm times, types of classes, monthly limitations, and any extra costs or equipment needed.
  • First impression - What’s important to you? Do you want a gym with the newest equipment, extra services (juice bar, tanning beds, sauna), and free childcare? Or do you just need the basic, bare-bones (free weights and a mirror)? Also, take note of any specific pieces of equipment you like to use and make sure the gym you are considering has them!

Making the Right Choice

Sure, choosing the right jeans or dishwasher is an important decision to make, but not as important as choosing a gym that will keep you on track to achieving the health and fitness goals you made for yourself. So do your research, visit some gyms, and ask the right kind of questions because it will definitely be worth the time and effort you put into it!

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