More people sign up for fitness memberships in January than in any other month. While that can lead to some packed gyms at the beginning of the year, there really is no shame in being a “January Joiner”. Taking charge of your health and fitness is never a bad thing! That being said, you definitely shouldn’t rush out and sign up for the first gym you come across. You’re making a commitment here, so take the time to do your research. The key to sticking with your fitness routine year-round is to find a gym you love.
Make a list.
If you’re passionate about the latest and greatest group fitness classes, a boutique fitness center may be perfect. For those trying to get your lift on, a traditional gym might be a better fit. No matter what type of gym you choose, it’s important to sit down and make a list of your must-haves. Will you need to shower after your workout? Will you need post-workout smoothies? Will you need to hire a trainer? Only you can decide what equipment and amenities will matter most.
Map it out.
Another very important thing to consider is location, location, location. There are wonderful gyms all over the world, but you obviously can’t commute to just any of them. You may find the gym of your dreams a few towns over, but it’s a wasted membership if you rarely have time to head over there. It may be worth sacrificing one or two amenities in order to choose one closer to home.
Take a test drive.
Many locations offer short-term passes, trial classes, or other special deals and offers. Take advantage of them! Testing out at a gym is the best way to judge the cleanliness of the common areas, availability and quality of the equipment, friendliness of the staff, and the overall atmosphere and culture. Visit during your typical workout time in order to tell if it will work for you.
Read the fine print.
Before you sign on the dotted line, double check the contract. Make sure there aren’t any hidden fees. Some gyms charge for classes, towels, and other amenities or services. You should also make sure that you are aware of the term of the contract, the cancellation policy, and any freedoms that the gym may have with altering the monthly prices and fees. And if anything was verbally promised to you, have it written into the contract before you sign. The best gym for you is one that you’ll use, so choose wisely. It really should be a place you feel welcome and somewhere you love going – workout after workout!
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