5 Tips for Picking the Right Gym or Fitness Center
Do you belong to a gym or fitness center, or are you considering joining one? You may think that one gym or health club really isn’t that different from another, but you couldn’t be more wrong! Today, there are more places to get fit than ever before. And while some focus on being all things to as many people as possible, others are highly specialized and concentrate on doing one or a select group of things well. Before you sign on the dotted line, consider these five tips.
1. Find out what kind of exerciser you are. Can you get fit with basic equipment and little guidance, or do you need state-of-the-art machines and attentive employees who will help you and readily answer your questions? Also, do you prefer a wide variety of fitness classes, or would you rather stick with a simple schedule of a few regularly featured classes? If you don’t know where you would fit in, try as many different things as possible to find your fitness groove.
2. Give it a trial run. Most health facilities will let you try out a gym for a few days at little or no cost and zero obligation. That doesn’t mean you won’t get a sales pitch at the end of your trial period, but at least you won’t be stuck financially committed to a place you don’t like. Try as many different places as you can before you choose the one you think suits you best.
3. Consider your schedule. If you’re a morning exerciser, you’ll need a fitness center that opens early. Like to work out into the wee hours? Many clubs are offering late nights or are even open 24 hours to accommodate you. And if you don’t have time to get in line early to get a spot in a popular class, look for clubs that let you reserve a spot in advance or even online so you won’t waste your valuable time.
4. Check out the vibe. Some health clubs are quiet and Zen-like, while others pump up the volume and keep the music blasting throughout the facility. If too much silence leaves you bored, or if you find that too much noise is distracting and gives you a headache, keep those things in mind.
5. How high-maintenance are you? If you know that you’re never going to get around to washing your gym clothes, look for a gym that offers a laundry service. Rather not lug a heavy gym bag around? Consider a health club that lets members have designated lockers to stash their personal belongings. And if your exercise experience wouldn’t be complete with a stop at the in-house juice bar or a mini-massage, seek out facilities that offer those options. Just don’t forget that those extras usually come with an additional price!
Once you decide on the perfect fitness facility for you, the next (and most important) step is getting there on a regular basis! After all, you wouldn’t want all that research – and money – to go to waste, would you?