Some people prefer a smaller-scale gym without too many frills, while others prefer a large gym with all the amenities. Others prefer the great outdoors to perform their exercise routine, so which one is right for you?
Well, when it comes down to it, it is a personal preference for the individual doing the exercising to choose an option that fits their lifestyle, and will best help them stick with their fitness program.
For many people who begin an exercise regimen, is is much easier to quit a gym than to keeping yourself motivated to keep going to a gym every week. For that reason, many gyms will offer incentives for those who sign up and pay upfront for longer membership contracts.
Once a person is in a long-term contract or lifetime member, the gym has nothing to lose financially if a person stops coming. Big gyms seem to be more concerned with recruiting new members rather than looking after the welfare of its existing members.
If you are looking to join a reliable fitness center, here is my advice.
Ask yourself these important questions:
Why do I want to join a gym? Do I have a fitness plan?
How much time can I devote to the gym each week? What is a comfortable budget?
After you decide that you can afford it, and can visit the gym at least twice a week, then you can proceed to the next tip below.
Make a shortlist of the gyms you are interested in finding out how good they are.
Document potential gym locations convenient to you, either close to your workplace or your home.
If the gym fees are greater than your available budget, then remove it from your shortlist.
Visit the gyms and see if their equipment and facilities are in working order and if the have enough.
Ask current members their opinions about their gym. Speak to the staff and see if they are friendly and motivated. Notice if they want to help or if they are only interested in selling products. And, if you discover that the machines frequently break down or take a long time to be fixed, then keep looking, you will find a gym that suits your needs.
If you as the staff what they think about the gym and they complain about the gym, management or its members, then that is not an environment you need to be a part of, keep looking.
If you want to be very thorough, make an appointment to meet the owner or manager of the gym, and ask them what their current and plans are for the development of the gym.
The more accurate or detailed the plans, the more likely they will follow through on those plans.
You should not be afraid to ask about the financial stability of the company or its major shareholders – any legitimate company will be transparent about its business operations so they can instill market confidence in their brand.
If the answers you get are too general and non-committal, they are not for you.
Asking the right questions will help you to find the right gym.do not allow yourself to be pressured or rushed, especially by hard sell tactics that will lock you into a contract that you cannot get out of.