Getting Past Intimidation at the Gym
Far too often many people put off joining a gym because they are simply intimidated. This tends to b...
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What to Look for in a Gym

There are a number of factors to take into consideration when choosing a gym. Make sure you know what to look for to achieve the best workout experience by reading the tips and guidelines below.

Cost is usually one of the biggest factors for many people when they consider purchasing a gym membership. While some of the more elite clubs do have person training fees and memberships that are quite steep, it is possible to find gyms that are quite reasonable. In addition, there are ways you can shave some off the cost of your gym membership fee. For example, consider a discount season fee. Many gyms offer discounted rates during peak times to bulk up their enrollment. These times usually include right after the New Year when people tend to make weight loss and fitness resolutions as well as right after summer. Purchasing your membership fee during this time can pay off with a lower rate.
You can also lower the cost of joining a gym by trying to avoid as many extras as possible. Many gyms provide additional services for additional costs. Unless you’re going to use these extra privileges on a routine basis, there is really no point in paying for them.

It is also important to make sure you understand the terms of your membership and exactly how long you are agreeing to remain a member of the gym. It is not uncommon for some clubs to require a one to three year membership. While some gyms may offer a discount fee if you sign up for a long term contract, that doesn’t leave you with many options if you realize two months down the road that the gym you’ve chosen isn’t the right one for you.

Take the time to find out whether the gym you are considering caters to specific groups. This is becoming increasingly popular. Some gyms, for example, target only women while others focus on senior citizens. Each type of gym offers numerous advantages for their target group.

You should also find out how many members the gym tends to average. It can also be helpful to find out when the peak times tend to be for that gym. This is important because it can be frustrating to have to wait for a machine to be free. Plan ahead by finding out this important information before you sign up.
Along the same lines, be sure to take a tour of the gym before you sign a contract. Get an idea for what type of equipment the gym offers and how many machines of each type are available. Look to be sure the gym offers multiple sets of the type of equipment that interests you the most. This is particularly important with cardio equipment, which tends to be quite popular.
When you’re touring the gyms you are considering joining, try to also get an idea of how much space is set aside for stretching. While it might seem inconceivable some gyms do not even offer this or the space they allow is really inadequate. Stretching is an essential part of an effective workout and prevents injury. Make sure ample space is provided.

You might also ask what kinds of extra features or services the gym offers. While you should be careful not to get coerced into purchasing services you won’t really use, in some cases they can be beneficial. Just a few available services at many gyms include massage, physical therapy, snack/juice bars and daycare.

Finally, consider the location of the gym and whether it is convenient to your home and/or office. Be aware that the farther you must drive, the less likely it is that you will stick to a routine for your workout.
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