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8 Things to Consider When Choosing a Gym

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  • Goon info! Thanks!
  • It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
    - Vince Lombardi
  • A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
    an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
    - Winston Churchill
  • I've gone thru a couple of gyms and love the one I'm at now
  • Appreciate the tops on finding a good gym.
  • No recent comments here so I'll chime in on NY Eve Day. My local Y is 1/2 a mile from my house - it has a 4 treadmills (which I do use), 6 elipticals which I can't use (balance issues), 2 upright bikes. They were "supposed" to get a recumbent bike - that was in April when I first joined. The weight room is tiny and is oversubscribed and the classes are as well. Those do fill up quickly. The next closest Y is 15 from my house - lots more equipment but little I can use. I can use a treadmill, recumbent bike and a rowing machine. All of these pierces are very old and in need of repair. They have raquetball/squash courts but much as I loved these my body rules them out today. They have a large but chlorinated pool - again a problem with skin. Now they have classes I would be interested in .. but they are always oversubscribed. I guess a good instructor and convenient times. So much for the Y and a place at reasonable cost. Golds, Fitness 24, and a few others are here but are so filled with equipment and people all the time that my comment is - how could anyone like it there. I belonged to a Golds for many years due to a new club deal ... and that facility cared because of the manager ... but the rest, well, it's a business and the admit they are not in the business to make you happy. The places with nicer surroundings are much more expensive. Working out at home takes more discipline, but then again so does working at home which I did for years. I will not be renewing my Y membership as I seldom go and when I do it reminds me why I don't do it more often. I may get streak points here but since moving to So. Ca. I haven't found an answer to what's your gym? Workout buddies and friends non-existent here. I'm willing to commit to a walk every day but so far after the first week all I have left is good intentions that fizzle. I fall ... and if I walk out side I really do need a spoter since I also cannot use a phone. I agree with the gym manager - safety and cleanliness should be top priority. But as far as good information - a trainer is the last person I would trust. They don't get paid by the gym most of the time ... they are contractors. Good luck finding one that doesn't try to put you on a canned program. One week of doing X, moving forward the next week for Y etc. Most don't know enough physiology to recognize real problems. Best advice on trainers...go to PT first and get a dedicated workout for yourself.
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  • The first gym that I joined didn't have a pool, and closed at 10. I really would have liked a pool, and I can be a night owl sometimes. The second time I joined a gym, I joined a 24 hour place with a pool and a hot tub. It was a much better fit.
  • I was going to a gym before work. The gym met all the qualities listed BUT the locker room was SO steamy that I couldn't get out of there without needing another shower. I ended up changing gyms because of that.
  • I would love to join the Y, but the closest one to me is 25 minutes away from where I live, and that one really doesn't have much to offer for the price. There are three gyms within five minutes of my house, two do not have registration fees, all three are more than $30 a month, all have decent offerings. One is 24-hour but no classes, one offers a few classes, and the third has daycare and classes included in the price. Two are over 18 only, the third allows 13-year-olds and up the ability to join with physician permission (and younger on certain circumstances). That particular one has various levels of pricing. $50 a month without contract, $40 a month with one year and $25 a month with two year. Couples are $50 a month with contract. Also, you can take a guest at $5 per day/class. My current gym is my house, and I am looking at the best alternative. I work for a medical office. In our same building, there is a physical therapist who allows employees to use their equipment completely free of charge during regular business hours. I'm thinking lunch break, head over to PT, workout a bit, then go for a quick lunch.

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