SP RP: Choose the Right Gym for You

Monday, April 12, 2010

Choose the Right Gym for You

Finding the right gym is a lot like finding new restaurant. A good gym will fit your own unique personality, and motivate you to come back and exercise on a regular basis. Unlike a restaurant however, joining a gym is a large financial commitment, so it's even more important that you research your options before signing on the dotted line.

First, set up a tour during the time you usually exercise, and bring a list of questions you want answered.

Consider these 8 important criteria:

Location: Often, a gym located somewhere between your home and office is best.

Hours: Whether you workout early in the morning or late at night, make sure the hours fit your schedule, or you'll be paying for something you can't access.

Members: Will you be comfortable exercising around the current members? On your tour, does the gym seem overly crowded?

Staff: Are they qualified to guide you through your fitness routine? If you need a trainer, what are their rates?

Cleanliness: Make sure that towels are available to wipe off the equipment after each use. Peek into the locker rooms and showers, especially if you'll be using these often.

Equipment: Are there enough of the "popular" machines to go around, or do members have to wait in line to use them? Be cautious of out-of-order machines; this might be indicative of a poorly maintained gym.

Classes: Make sure that the classes you want to take are offered at the times you can attend, and find out if you need to show up early to reserve a spot.

Fees: Many gyms have a sign-up fee, but these are often waived during certain promotions. Ultimately, does a gym fit into your budget?

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    emoticon tips. It is so true about what you said about liking your gym, if you like it you are more likely to reach your fitness goals. Well said.
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