6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Gym

WeightsJoining a gym can be a great way to get back in shape. But how do you know what gym is the best fit for you? Here are five things you’ll want to consider when you’re choosing a gym.

Opt for a gym close to your home or office. You’re more likely to work out consistently at a gym that’s close by.

Be sure to ask about the gym’s hours of operation. Also, schedule a tour of the gym during the hours you plan to work out to get a feel for what it would be like to be a member. Is the line for a treadmill an hour long? Are all of the classes packed to the gills?

Make sure the costs associated with being a member fit your budget. Here are a few questions you’ll want to ask:

  • What is the monthly membership fee?
  • What’s included in the monthly membership fee? What do I have to pay extra for?
  • Under what circumstances will the monthly membership fee increase?
  • Is there an application or initiation fee?
  • How much notice do I have to give in order to cancel my membership?

Specials and Discounts
In addition, many gyms periodically run specials, for example, a waived initiation fee or a discounted monthly membership fee for three months. These specials aren’t always widely promoted, so be sure to ask. Also, ask if you’re eligible for any discounts through your employer, your insurance company or your school. Finally, don’t be afraid to negotiate! Many times, membership fees aren’t set in stone

Think about what gym amenities are important for you. Do you like to swim laps? Make sure there’s a pool. More of a group fitness enthusiast? Find out what types of classes are offered and when they’re offered. Will you be bringing along your 2-year-old son? Make sure the gym offers childcare.

Pro tip: Most gyms will give you a free day pass so you can experience the different amenities firsthand.

Is the staff friendly, approachable and responsive? Is the gym clean and well maintained? These factors will play a big role in whether or not you enjoy going to the gym.

What are some of your tips for choosing a new gym?


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