These days, there is a health club on practically every block. People have more choices than ever and it’s important to take the time to find the right place for you.
There are many factors that should be considered when choosing a health club or gym. Location, classes, membership agreements, and prices should be considered before joining.
The location of your health club will be a contributing factor in how much you workout. You should determine if you will be going to the gym from home or from work. If you prefer to work out right before or after work, you may want to join a club near your workplace. If you like to go much earlier or later in the day, you probably want to find a place closer to home.
Either way, if you don’t have to travel far when you’re ready to work out, you will be more likely to work out more often.
There are a variety of classes offered at health clubs. They include aerobics, step, pilates, yoga, cardio, kickboxing, and stretching. You should look at a class schedule before joining and make sure the classes you are interested in are offered.
Maybe classes aren’t important to you, but equipment is. Take you time looking around each health club and see what equipment they have. Make sure the equipment all works and that they have machines that target the areas of the body you want to work on.
If weights are your focus, be certain that the gym has a good selection of free weights and weight machines. See if people are waiting around for their turn with the weights or if there is an ample supply.
There are almost as many types of memberships as there are health clubs. Before entering any membership agreement, you should decide how long you want to join for. Often gyms mislead customers by offering by what seems like low monthly payments. The problem is, the agreements are often for an extended period of time, sometimes 2 or 3 years.
In the long run, it’s often more economical to pay for your membership upfront. This way, you don’t have the interest rates that are charged on monthly payments. Usually a year paid for upfront is cheaper than two years paid out over time.
It’s a good idea to read the fine print of your membership agreement or contract. One thing you should look for is a pro-rated refund if you move. Sometimes, this isn’t in the agreement, but the salesperson will agree to write it in if you ask.
The most important thing to remember when searching for the right health club is to take your time in finding the club that meets your needs. Don’t let yourself be pressured by pushy salespeople. Look around each club, try the equipment, ask if you can try a class, compare prices, and then make a decision.
The right decision can make the difference between looking forward to working out and avoiding it.