In full disclosure, I own a gym and am a NASM certified personal trainer.
Things you should consider most people don’t thing of.
Most individuals starting a fitness program are surprise, not in shape. You should ask if the gym you are going follows all state laws regarding health and safety. In California, we are required to staff the facility at all times with an AED/CPR certified employee. Don’t assume it won’t happen to you emergencies happen more often than you think and age is not necessarily the factor. More often than not it involves new members not eating before exercise, drinking energy drinks or caffeine, or underlying conditions members didn’t know they have. We all train with our local EMS.
And yes unattended facilities called “key clubs” are illegal in California, the law just doesn’t provide for enforcement.
#2 Qualified Staff
Don’t assume that just because someone is a “certified personal trainer” they have a clue what they are doing. You can get a certification online in hours for as little as $49.00. Our club only uses the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Training (CPT) program because it is based on a methodology that has been developed for over 20 years. We know the methodology works producing superior results while avoiding injury.
#3 Borden you concept of what a gym should do for you.
Most customers want to lose weight or improve their fitness level. A good gym should do a lot more for your, using corrective exercise techniques it should:
a) Restore proper movement
b) Reduce or eliminate joint pain
c) Re-establish neuromuscular control and improve your balance
d) Improve your reaction time (avoid accidents)
#4 Don’t be a loner
Your odds of sticking with an exercise / nutrition program are significantly better if you workout with someone else. Does the club have a workout partner program? Get into a group exercise class where you can make friends. Hire a trainer. From a business perspective, we love it when people connect because they stay with the club longer, have more success, and provide more referrals.
Hope this is helpful
John M Scharber
- 12/19/2008 3:48:00 PM