Fit Tip: Choose the Right Gym
December 17, 2013 / Category: Fitness Advisor
It’s almost the New Year...the time of year that many decide to join a gym, and we love that! Just remember, when it comes to choosing a gym to join, there is no one-size-fits-all. You have to weigh the pros and cons. You have to ask yourself the right questions: Geographically desirable? Do you value the same things? Are your goals aligned? If you’re on the hunt for the right gym, approach it like finding the perfect life partner … Consider your gym selection as your partner in health.
1.Do you have the same values? Evaluate what features are most important to you and then make sure the gym you select is a match. Want a menu of group fitness classes to select from? Maybe you want lots of circuit machines to challenge yourself. Maybe you want a big free weight area or an empty room where you can practice your yoga moves. Are you a swimmer? Then you need a pool. The gym you select should have what you care about most.
2.Going Solo or all in the family? If your kids are young, find a gym with quality childcare options. Check out what they have to offer, cost, and hours. Maybe your kids are old enough to use the gym … find a family friendly gym or one that offers a nice price point for the whole family to sign up. Some gyms may even have events for kids, spas, cafes for family dining, and other family friendly perks.
3.What’s your budget? What amenities do you want vs. what you can afford? Consider initial fees and monthly dues and find out what’s included in that price. Does it include a personal assessment of your fitness? Access to unlimited group fitness classes? Don’t forget to ask about discounts or special packages offered, especially around the holidays. Consider that you may not want to get locked into a long-term contract if it has early termination fees. On that note, see if the gym you are checking out has a free trial period.
4.Where is it located? Long distance relationships typically don’t work. Consider making your life easier by not having a long commute to the gym. Let’s face facts: People do what’s easy to do. If you gym is near your house or work, you’ll be more likely to show up and use that membership.
5.Want some personal attention? A lot of gyms have personal training packages or personal trainers who can give one-on-one attention. Learn about the programs offered. Ask to make sure the personal trainers hold a certification(s) accredited by the NCCA. Be sure to check out what’s available before becoming a member.
Once you find your gym match, invest in your relationship by visiting your new partner in health regularly—at least three times a week.