Numerous studies and common sense confirm that the thinner, generally fit body type is more preferred in attraction. While few men and women expect their partner to be a perfect fitness specimen, most people, at least ideally, want to date someone who cares about health, fitness, and looks.
While you may prefer playing sports or simply being outdoors, that isn’t always possible, especially during cold winters. And, unless you have a town with many free, public options you could lack variety in your workouts. That’s why many people prefer going to a gym. But, all gyms aren’t created equal.
You should never choose a gym without giving it serious thought. It’s an important decision for your overall health and attractiveness. 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. Here are four tips to choose the right gym for you.
Look At Your Goals
Before you go looking for a gym, take a few days and assess your fitness needs and goals. 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. But, above all, go looking for gyms with an idea of your fitness goals and how to reach them.
If you know your needs in advance, then you can make sure the gym you pick can meet them. For example, if you’ve decided your goal is to gain muscle mass, you’ll want a place with varied weight lifting equipment. If you’re looking for cardio options, you might want a place with a pool. Going in with an idea of what you want will help you make the right choice.
Gym Culture Matters
Every gym has a particular culture and this culture will greatly impact your desire to go there (or not). 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 cultures can be very toxic. For example, some gyms don’t have many women and new ones are treated like pieces of meat. Some gyms have steroid problems. Others are unfriendly towards people completely new to fitness. Some gyms, believe it or not, are actually hostile towards people at an elite fitness level.
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 they were fed a bunch of lies. A lot of gyms have unscrupulous salesmen. And, good luck breaking those contracts.
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 treat you with respect. 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 attractive and feel great.