As you get started with your workout program, one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is where you choose to do your workout program. Finding the right fit for you is important as if you don’t feel all that comfortable or motivated to visit your gym, you’ll never put in the effort needed to see remarkable results.
So this said, how do you go about picking the best gym?
Let’s go over some of the key things to consider.
First, think about the location. How far of a drive is it to get to each and every day? Be realistic with yourself here. Most people won’t drive much further than 10-20 minutes each day to workout, so think hard before you commit.
Too long of a drive-time is the biggest buzz kill for a workout program.
Next, ask about the membership set-up. Some gyms will have discounted rates for longer periods of membership while some offer the flexibility to transfer your membership to other family members if need be.
Know your terms before you lock-in, whatever they are. Make sure they are comfortable for you and match your intended budget.
If you have a child, finding a gym with child care may also be of great benefit. Many parents simply can’t afford a sitter each time they want to go to the gym, so this can make it far easier to stick to your workout schedule.
if it is offered, also check to see what the charge is, if any. You don’t want to find out there are hidden fees you weren’t aware of.
When looking for a gym, it’s highly recommended that you go visit during the busiest hours of the day – 12-1 or 4-7 in the evening. This way, you can get a glimpse for how busy it gets during the day.
Unless you have the luxury of going during non-peak hours, this is what you can expect to find each time you workout.
Is it overly crowded? How long is the wait for equipment? Is there enough space to move around easily?
These are all factors to consider.
Group Fitness Classes
You may also want to see if there are any group fitness classes available that you may enjoy. While some people will never partake in group fitness classes so this doesn’t really matter, if you do think you might enjoy a class here and there, see if it is included in your membership.
If it is, this can really come in handy and give you additional training options.
You’ll also want to look at the equipment options available as well. Are there plenty of squat racks and cages? If not, you might find yourself waiting around to use these popular pieces of equipment regularly.
Likewise, if you love your machines, check to see the variety they have. Make sure it’s going to be satisfactory for you.
Keeping all of these points in mind as you go about choosing a gym will help you make the best, most informed decision possible. Always try, if you can, to visit the gym for at least one training session first before committing. This way, you test the waters and can be sure that it’s the right decision for you.