Whether it is because you have moved to a new area, you have decided to get yourself fit, or you are unhappy with your current gym, the choice of a new gym can have implications for how well your fitness progresses. Choose the right gym, and you will be beyond motivated to turn up for your next fitness workout. Choose the wrong gym, and you will go to any lengths to find an excuse not to go to that gym.
So, now that we have established how important finding the right gym is for your fitness goals, the next step is to discover the best way to choose the right gym for yourself. That is precisely what we are going to do by explaining what you need to consider to ensure that the next gym you choose to join is the best one for your fitness workouts.
Location: There are many ways you can determine what the ideal location is for you. This could be based on the availability of public transport, the route if you are driving, or wishing it to be within walking or jogging distance.
Opening Hours: The opening hours of a gym are important, especially if you are working, at college, or have other commitments, such as young children, which means the times that you can visit the gym are restricted. Ideally, you want a gym that is open at weekends, holidays, and late hours.
Aesthetics: Maybe not a deal-breaker, but we are sure most people would prefer a gym that looks as though the owners and management care about it. Whether it is how clean it is kept, the condition of the décor, or the appearance from the outside, they all add up to an aesthetically pleasing gym, which is sure to be preferable to one which is in a state of disrepair.
Equipment: Ok, time to consider the nitty-gritty, starting with a gym’s equipment. You are not so much looking for a gym that has every possible piece of fitness you can imagine, but instead, one that has all the equipment that you believe you are ever going to need or want. In addition, you want to check to see how new the equipment appears, as you do not want a gym that has equipment that is worn and damaged or not working.
Classes / Sessions: Whilst you might be happy to work on your fitness on your own, there will also be some of you who prefer some coaching and fitness sessions which are run for groups. If so, then you want to assess what any gym you are considering has to offer in terms of fitness classes, sessions and coaching, should you wish to have some expert guidance.
Additional Services And Amenities: In addition to its core fitness functions, a gym that also offers additional services and amenities is going to be a more enjoyable place to visit. Examples of these extras include a creche for members who have young children, free parking, member discounts, or a café.
Gym Staff: The final piece of the jigsaw in finding an ideal gym is the staff who work there. This includes not only the fitness staff but other support staff too, such as the receptionists. To assess them all, look for reviews of the gym, or ask others who are already members.