If you have decided that you are ready to join a gym, it is important to find the one that best suits your needs and your fitness goals. This is a place where you will potentially spend many hours a week, so you want to make a suitable choice. Read on for some ideas on what to look for in a gym that works for you.
One of the most important factors for helping you determine which gym will fit your needs is location. The closer it is and the easier to reach, the more likely it will be that you will go there on a regular basis. Find one that you can access within a few minutes of your home, if possible, without the need to base your attendance of the potential for heavy traffic. Check to see what parking is available and if the gym offers a program that gives either free or reduced rates at nearby parking lots. If you will be working out at night, make sure that you feel safe in the area, and that parking structures are lighted and secure. Check the open hours to make sure that they match your own available times for working out.
If you have young children, ask if the gym has a childcare facility onsite where your children can play in a safe environment while you use the gym. The best ones will have attendants who are trained and certified in CPR, and who will be able to find you quickly in case of emergencies. Keep your cell phone with you and ask to be notified if any problems arise.
In addition to the workout equipment, check the other facilities at the gym to make sure they are up to your standards. Walk through the locker rooms and look for cleanliness, as well as security. Ask about lockers and whether they provide locks, or if you must bring your own. Turn on showers and make sure they work adequately. Ask if they provide a towel service.
Before making a final decision on joining, check out several gyms in your area. Take advantage of free passes, which are often offered for several days or up to a week. Try out all the machines, take a few fitness classes offered, and get a guided tour. Ask if an attendant will walk through the rooms and show you how to operate each piece of equipment. If you will want a personal trainer, ask if these are available, and meet with one if that is possible.
Before signing any contract, read it thoroughly. Ask about upfront fees, financing, and cancellation policies. Many gyms have hidden fees such as “improvement fees” that are charged annually. Make sure that you know what these fees are and when they are due.
Since most gyms will need a commitment to get the best rates, it is important that you make a wise choice from the beginning. Put some of these insights to work for you as you embark on your new fitness regimen.