However, don’t pick a gym without giving it serious thought. It’s an important decision that could determine whether you end up skinny or not. Choose a good gym and you’ll be more likely to succeed in your fitness and weight loss goals. Choose a bad gym and the only thing lighter may be your wallet.
Our four tips to choose the perfect gym should help you find the best place to workout.
Do A Needs Assessment
Before you go looking for a gym, take a few days and assess your fitness needs. Don’t rush. Specifically, look at how fit you are and how much weight you want to lose. Then, figure out what exercises will help you reach those goals. Consult with a doctor and a personal trainer if you need help.
If you know your needs in advance, then you can make sure the gym you pick can meet them. For example, if you’re extremely out of shape, then you probably don’t want a gym where everyone is a fitness beast.
Gym Culture Matters
Every gym has a particular culture. And, the environment matters! Trust me. Some gyms are more geared towards strength training, while others are more cardio focused. This is a matter of preference and is generally neutral.
However, some gym atmospheres can be very toxic. A few are meat markets for finding women. Some have steroid problems. Others will be unfriendly to noobs who can’t dominate at every machine.
Make sure you choose a gym where you’ll feel comfortable actually going. Once again, assess your needs. Maybe you do want a place to get dates. Maybe you like the family atmosphere of a YMCA. Pick the right place or you may be out a lot of money for a gym you don’t even want to go to!
Gyms are notorious for scamming people. Potential members go in, are promised the world, sign a contract, and then they find out it’s not all sunshine. A lot of gyms have unscrupulous salesmen.
Make sure to research gyms carefully. Read online reviews. Talk to others. Check with the Better Business Bureau. Make sure your contract can be broken if you move from the area or just want to change. There are horror stories of gyms using debt collectors to go after legitimately broken contracts.
Make sure to visit a gym before you sign an agreement. Go a few times if you can. And, do it without the salesman right beside you. This will give you a feel for the culture. Talk to people there and ask questions. See if the patrons look and act like you. Try out the various machines. Go at a busy time and see if machines are actually available. A real visit will tell you much more than an online description or salesman’s pitch ever can.
Hopefully, these tips are helpful. What matters most, of course, with a gym is that, once you find one that is good for you, that you actually use it! It’ll go a long way in helping you become more popular and successful.