When you sign up to a gym, you want to know that you have chosen the best gym that meets all of your needs and requirements. With makeovers in these fitness places over the last few years, the misconception that gyms were just for bodybuilding men and jocks have been practically eliminated, with more and more people, of all shapes and sizes, choosing a gym for quiet time and reflection alongside a way of busting stress and getting fit.
If the gym is next on your list of things to do, it’s time to start writing a list! You will want to jot down all of the available places in your local area; you won’t want to travel too far otherwise you are less likely to go as often as you want to! Ideally, you will want to find a gym that is on the journey home from work, or near to the grocery stores that you frequent. You can find a gym online, or using your local Yellow Pages and you could even have a look around at your local schools and colleges as most of these will have fitness centers open to the public.
Once you have found a list of gyms that are compatible with your needs, it’s time to start the interviews. By calling the gyms one by one, you can eliminate the ones that will not work for you by asking a few simple questions:
- What facilities are available?
- How much is the gym membership? Cost is a factor for so many people, especially when they are beginning their fitness quest – there is no point in paying a small fortune for a gym membership for a year if you are going to just give up after a month.
- Are there extra fitness activities available – some gyms will have dance workout classes as well as aerobic classes, fat clubs etc?
Once you have decided that the place sounds like the best option for you, it’s time to grab brochures for more information. You could also speak with the staff at the gym or fitness center to get a better feel for the place. Most places will offer a meeting before you sign up, or at least some kind of induction where you will shown around the gym and the machinery it offers.
There are a few things that you should look around for when you are walking around the gym for the first time:
- How lit is the gym?
- Are the fitness machines in good condition, and of good quality? Check the top brands for gym equipment, and also make sure that there are no cables leading across the floor or anything that could be seen as potentially dangerous. If the equipment is not well maintained by the staff, there is a good chance that this is not going to be the best option for you.
- Will you be able to work the machinery? Sometimes the gym will be aimed at men and the machinery itself will not be designed for women, especially petite women. There is no point in signing up to the gym if you are going to be unable to use the equipment it offers.
- How many staff can you see? A good fitness club will have plenty of staff on hand if you have questions, and also to supervise the various sections of the gym to make sure that no one is doing anything they shouldn’t be. You should be left to your own devices to some extent, but non-existent staff is not a good sign.
- How are the staff members? Is the staff discussing the workouts with the people that are using the gym? Are they telling people when they are using the machinery wrong?
- Is the gym always busy? No one wants an hour long work out to last three hours because they are constantly waiting for equipment and machinery!
When it comes to discussing the gym with the staff members, there are a few more questions that you will want to make sure of before you sign on the dotted line:
- Are there programs available for specialized groups? This could be a workout plan for those that have just had a baby or a fitness regime for those that are considered overweight.
- How qualified are the staff members? You don’t want someone to instructing you on how you should be using a machine when they have never worked out a day in their life!
Finding the gym suitable for your needs doesn’t have to be a difficult task as long as you are sensible and follow these guidelines. It’s just a matter of asking questions, and being sensible, and you will be on your way to ultimate fitness in no time at all!