Congratulations on deciding to become a fitness member. However, the war against poor health is not over. Those who choose unequipped, unsanitary, or inconvenient gyms hardly attend, defeating the purpose of joining.
Consider the following sentiments before becoming a member.
Regardless of consumed good or service, a buyer wants to purchase from a well-established vendor and do it within a well-maintained environment. It’s one thing to put paint on the walls, employees behind the desks, and signage outside the doors, and it’s another to be an actual business. Choose a gym that doubles as a well operated business with a good reputation.
You live in a rural environment and the most high-tech gyms are in the city, over a 30-minute drive away. The location is not convenient but your friends are impressed over your dedication. Don’t fool yourself (or your friends) into thinking you’ll drive to an inconvenient location. Choose a fitness centre close to home.
In addition, check the operation times of particular centres of interest. Some are open throughout the day and night, incredibly convenient, while others offer limited hours, making hours of operation crowded and humid.
If a novice, you’ll absolutely require guidance. Even experienced weight lifters and exercisers are susceptible to injury. Choose a gym with helpful members and staff. A solitary and unfriendly environment offers zero opportunity to learn. Additionally, having a ‘spot’ allows one to do different exercises.
If you’re a heavy weight lifter, you’ll be disappointed to attend a gym with no free weights. Choose a fitness centre that accommodates your preferences and aspirations. For example, if you’re focusing on weight-loss or toning, ensure the gym has a treadmill, rowing machines, etc. Akin to a restaurant offering specific foods, choose a gym that suits your taste in equipment.
Does the equipment appear torn, tattered, or even unsanitary? A gross atmosphere breeds inconsistent attendance (and perhaps a skin fungus). You don’t want to attend an unsanitary environment.
Of course, sanitation is a responsibility members share. While taking a tour, notice whether employees actively clean and maintain the environment, and if members are respectful of others and equipment.
There is a convenience in joining a chain; if you go on vacation, you can still stay in shape. Also, there may be a location closer to work, making it convenient to go there during the week versus another location on weekends. Choose a centre lenient about late fees, stopping and starting memberships, and changing levels of membership.
Whether a facility is child friendly influences the habits of parents. For mom and dad, watching the children is no longer an excuse when joining a facility that can keep an eye on young ones while parents workout for an hour or longer. However, inquire about additional fees. You want to shed pounds and not your bank account.
Is the centre equipped with showers, lockers, and a sauna? Choose a facility that can accommodate your habits and lifestyle. For example, if attending before work, you’ll want to shower before heading to the office. If coming after work, you’ll need space to change and house your work clothes. A well-equipped gym inspires no member grievances or recommendations. However, such high-end service may come at a price. You decide on a cheaper gym with fewer amenities.
Good health is its own reward, yet vendors who reward members give reason to attend the gym. Choose a centre that provides incentives for joining (like a free t-shirt) and grants rewards to members (like free sessions from trainers) throughout tenure. Plenty of gyms exist; make the vendor earn your membership. Pick a gym that appreciates its members, especially long-standing ones.
Congratulations on deciding to improve your health. Yet, deciding is not doing. Before you join, ensure you’ll keep going. Make sure the location is convenient, members are sanitary and helpful, and it offers the kind of equipment you want.
Rebecca Pocock is a fitness fanatic of many years. She likes to help others reach their health goals by sharing what has worked for her. You can read her eye-opening articles on many of today’s websites and blogs.