Choosing a gym membership can be tricky. Gyms vary in size, offerings, membership benefits, and they types of exercises they feature. Gyms also vary wildly in price and location. A gym that your friend loves may not be a good fit for you.
So how can you find the right gym without trying it and getting locked into an expensive gym membership that you won’t use? While some gyms offer trial packages, you should do some research and consider what you want out of your gym ahead of time. Using a specific set of criteria will help you determine the best gym membership for you.
Choose a location
The gym that you choose must be close to your regular haunts around town. The gym should be close to your house or your work. You will not want to take the time to travel halfway (or all the way) across town just to exercise. Look for locations in a safe area to ensure you can visit the gym any time of day or night.
Look at reviews
Some gyms sound great on paper but are terrible in real life. You can avoid falling into the trap of a bad gym by looking at reviews. Ask friends which gyms they recommend, look online, and visit several gyms on your own. This will help you determine the right gym for your specific needs. If you love swimming, don’t join a gym that has no pool.
The price of a gym is extremely important. Most gyms can range in cost from under $20 a month to over $100. What matters is a variety of factors, such as how experienced the trainers are, what classes they offer, and what types of exercises they include. You must take a look at everything the gym has to offer when looking at price. However, just because a gym offers circus exercise class, doesn’t mean you should pay the extra membership fees unless you are planning to go to that class. A more affordable option where you will use the equipment offered is a better plan.
Is the gym focused on general fitness or a specific workout? General fitness gyms usually have basic equipment like elliptical machines, rowing machines, weight machines, and treadmills. If you find these exercises boring, you may want to consider alternative fitness classes, such as kickboxing, yoga, or martial arts. Certain gyms also focus on certain muscle groups, and if you do not plan to develop those muscles, than you may want to seek out another gym.
Before signing up at any gym, look into the fine print. Some gyms will lock you into a plan that has high fees for canceling early. Others may offer refund policies or even allow you to visit other gyms under the same membership plan. Try to find a gym that does not make it expensive to leave for any reason- but especially for emergencies.
If you follow these tips, you will easily be able to find the best gym that suits your needs. You will be able to exercise in the best way possible, for the best price.
This is a guest post by Dave Gomez. Dave is a freelance writer, mainly interested in health and sports related articles. When not blogging he’s working in the gym on different muscle groups.