So you’ve decided to join a gym, now what? The most important thing to know before joining a gym is your budget. Have a plan of how much per month or per year that you can spend on a gym membership. Most gyms have several different membership plans, so you can find one that suits your budget. Another thing to consider is if the membership plan you are choosing is a month-to-month contract or a 12-month contract. If you are not ready to commit to a gym for a year, you would want to steer-clear of the 12-month contract! Like pricing, most gyms have different contract lengths so you can select the one that will work for you.
Do you research and know what is important to you. Do you need great trainers to help you get on track or is childcare your number one priority? Perhaps you are looking to get in shape for your beach vacation but also want to get a tan before you head to the sand? Many questions can be answered by researching online on the gym website or by simply stopping by and asking one of the employees at the gym. Depending on the membership levels the gym offers, there might be certain membership privileges (childcare, tanning, access to pools) you can take advantage of.
There are many different things to consider when choosing a gym; it must be a place where you are comfortable to work out, but gives you all of the opportunities to excel towards your goals. If the gym you are interested in joining offers a “Free Day Pass” or “One Week Trial”, then take advantage of this offer! There is a difference between walking in the gym and looking around and actually working out in the gym. If you already know what equipment is important to your workout, you can try out the machines while you are using your free pass.
Another thing to keep in mind when selecting a gym is its location and hours. You might find a gym that is PERFECT for you, but it closes at 9pm. If your schedule only allows you to work out after 9pm, this gym is not going to work for you. Convenience is a major factor when finding time to exercise.
Lastly, you should find a gym you are comfortable in. A friendly staff and clean equipment can help to make your experience the best that it can possibly be!