With New Year’s resolutions and the holidays just around the corner, you’re going to want to find a gym that’s right for you to achieve your fitness goals in 2016. While many people will just choose the gym that’s most convenient to them or that is running the cheapest deal, here’s a reminder of the top 5 things to consider when selecting a health club that’s right for you.
1. Location/Demographics: you’re going to want to find a gym that is in at least a relatively nice of area and safe. Gyms in lower demographic regions tend to attract a rougher crowd, and while weightlifting is a rough sport and exercise can be gritty, you want a place you don’t have to worry about primitive behavior. Although it exists in every gym to some extent, choosing a gym where you feel confident and comfortable can make your workouts more enjoyable, and that in return makes your goals much more reachable.
2. Customer Service: if you are going to pay $30 or more a month for a gym in a modern age where there’s practically one in every other shopping center, you should demand the highest quality of customer service. You’re the customer and you are keeping the gym in business- in return, you deserve the best treatment possible.
3. Wide Selection of Equipment: not only does more equipment make workouts less boring, it also gives you the best chance at getting results. Not only that, but you don’t want to waste time having to stand in line waiting around for machines or equipment. The gym you choose should have a wide selection of machinery, both cardio and free weights, to give you the best workouts possible each time you go in.
4. Price: you are looking for value at the best and most reasonable price. This measuring tool can vary. Some health clubs are overrated for the price you’re paying, while others don’t get enough love at half that price or lower. You need a gym that adheres to all the top guidelines, but that also is reasonably priced. The average price today is about $35 per month, but some gyms run up to $100 per month or more. Still, others are as little as $10 a month. In addition, consider the long term contract offer compared to a month to month plan. The year long contract may give you a lower overall monthly rate, but the month to month plan gives you the freedom to move or leave at any time if you are not happy as a customer or find somewhere better.
5. Culture: you want a gym with a crowd and culture that inspires you to get in shape, but one that also is kind, professional, and courteous. Some gyms are known as “meat markets”, where you have a majority of big bodybuilders with no necks, tattoos, and possibly taking steroids. Others are mostly the opposite, like Curves, full of women just looking for a basic improved body and lifestyle. The best type of gym is one that is positive, classy, full of an educated crowd, and friendly. You don’t want a social club, but you also don’t want a place that’s too intense.
Sometimes the best approach requires trial and error. Others, you’ll get lucky and find the right one on your first visit while shopping. But if worse comes to worse, you can always purchase workout equipment, order some exercise videos and products, and workout in the comfort of your own home. Whatever you decide, make sure you keep fitness a top priority in 2016!