How to choose a gym
If you’re thinking about joining the gym this year, (or in fact any year), choosing the right one for you is important. You don’t want to pay for a membership and then not go back again after about visit number four. Look at all the ones that are on offer in the area that you live in and see which one suits you best. Here are some things that you might want to consider:
Think about the kind of gym that you want to go to, and what you want to use it for
While it can be tempting to simply sign yourself up at the facility that is closest to your house, but that shouldn’t be all that you take into account before you sign your membership forms. Think about the kind of workout that you want to use the gym to get. Do you want to go purely for weightlifting or cardio, or would you rather go to a gym that also offers loads of classes and facilities for all kinds of exercise?
Look at what equipment they offer
When you’re having a look around the gym; pay attention to the equipment that they have there. If you’re not really sure what these might be, or what they can be used for, make sure that you ask. You could also do your research beforehand by looking at websites like Fitness Warehouse to get an idea of the things that a gym might have in it before you go.
Ask if the staff have any qualifications and take into account how approachable and friendly you would find them if you needed to ask them for help or advice.
Choose the gym that works best for you
When choosing your gym, try and avoid just choosing the one that offers the best prices. Look at the types of classes that they offer throughout the day, and check what times they are open so that you know if you will be able to easily fit gym visits into your existing schedule.
What other things does it offer?
Have a look at the other things that the gym might be able to offer you. If it doesn’t have a pool, does your membership include free or discounted access to your local pool as part of your fee so that you can add swimming to your work out?