Choosing the right gym can be a stressful and time-consuming process, and it is often tempting to choose the gym with the cheapest membership, but don’t be fooled by the low price tag. Gold’s Gym has provided seven tips to make choosing a gym a fun and exciting experience.
Location - If your gym is more than a 10 minute walk or drive from home, then chances are, you won’t go – no matter how nice it is. So make location a number one priority when searching for a gym.GO BACK
Atmosphere -You need to know what kind of environment you’ll be putting yourself into. Is it high-energy? Is it loud? Is it mellow? Sometimes, a good atmosphere is the difference between getting in shape and staying home.
Reputation - Consider how long the gym has been successful, and ask around. What kinds of experiences have other people had? Ask your co-workers and friends why they like their gym; gym members can often give you a very different and valuable perspective on a club.
Hours - When searching for your ideal gym, have a general idea of when you would like to work out. Often times, people are more motivated to stick with their fitness routine when they go before dawn, while others prefer working out at midnight. Whatever your preference, consider the gym’s hours on weekdays and on the weekends.
Equipment - Take a walk through the gym to check out what the facility offers. Do they have enough treadmills for a busy evening? You will not want to wait in line just to use your favorite cardio machine. Also, take note of how up-to-date and clean the training equipment is.
Group Exercise Classes - If you enjoy taking fitness classes, review the class schedule to ensure the gym offers the classes you want, at the times you want. If you have the option, try to sit in on a class before you join.
Trial Membership - Most gyms offer a trial membership (one-day passes up to two weeks) so you can experience the gym’s services and amenities before signing on the dotted line. Make sure to visit the gym during the time you’d typically workout to see how busy it is.