How to Select a Gym
According to Shape.com, September is one of the best months to sign up for a gym membership. Now that we’re all a little more adjusted to school being back in session, it is the perfect time to invest in your (and your family’s) health and fitness. Here are my tips for choosing your perfect gym.
1. List your must-haves in a gym. Would a single room with equipment work, or would you prefer a gym that includes extras, like group fitness classes? Are you looking for a gym with a locker room and showers? What about independent workout space? Another important factor may be whether a gym offers childcare or youth fitness classes.
2. Do a quick search to find the gyms within a small radius of where you live or work. It’s harder to avoid the gym when you know it’s only a quick walk or drive away. Viewing these gyms’ websites will help you narrow down your list to determine which ones have your must-haves.
3. Consider the size of the gyms near you. If you’re looking for anonymity or privacy, a large gym is probably right for you. If you’re hoping to make friends to hold you accountable for your exercise routine, look for a smaller gym where you’re more likely to find a sense of community and frequently work out with the same people.
4. Visit each gym at the time of day that you would be likely to work out. This will help you get a better idea of what the environment would be like during your ideal workout time. Are people in line for every piece of equipment, or is the gym quiet and free of distraction? Make sure you feel comfortable with the kinds of people at each gym. For example, if you’ve never been to a gym, you may want a gym with other gym rookies.
5. If you travel frequently, consider a gym that has multiple locations. If you’re able to visit any of the gyms, you’re more likely to attend and get your money’s worth.
6. Before you sign a contract, ask if it’s possible to take a trial run at your potential gym. This will help you get a feel for what it would be like to be a member. If at the end of the trial run, you’re ready to continue, sign your contract.
Take this time to brush up on your fitness routine, or to start a completely new one. Fall is a great time for new beginnings. Enjoy your new gym!