Sometimes I feel like choosing a gym is like choosing a spouse…or maybe even more difficult (kidding!). It often takes commitment, so you definitely need to make sure you’re signing up for one you’ll use! Here are a few tips to help you choose a place that is right for you:
- Location: Is it convenient to you, either from your house or your job? (I’m lucky – my gym is convenient in location to both home and work!)
- Pricing: Can you afford it? Think about the base price, not any extras. How will you be paying – month to month, or are you locked in for a year or more? (I pay month to month, and it’s easy to cancel).
- Hours: Think about when you’ll be working out the most. Is the gym open during that time? How crowded is it at peak hours (often in the morning and right after work)?
- Clientele: Who else works out there? Is it a bunch of powerlifters, or a whole bunch of college girls? Tons of creepers? You need to feel comfortable at your gym – you’re there to work out, after all. (My gym has a mix of EVERYTHING – I am very comfortable there!)
- Staff: Are the staff friendly, helpful, and most of all knowledgeable?
- Cleanliness: Is the gym clean? Take a look at the bathrooms and in corners. If either of those areas need some work, you might be better off checking out other places. Also, look for spray bottles of cleaner and towels. Are people using them?
- Group classes: Love yoga or Zumba? Make sure your gym offers some of these classes, and that they’re convenient for you. At some places, group classes are part of your membership and at others, it’s an extra fee, so be aware of that too.
- Equipment: Is the equipment in good shape? Are there a lot of broken machines? Not everything needs to be new and fancy, but things do need to be in good shape for safety purposes.
- Amenities: If you’re dead set on swimming a few times a week, make sure that your gym has a pool. Need childcare? Many gyms offer that as well. By no means are these things required, but if it’s something you want, make sure it’s there.
Obviously, some gyms are super fancy, others are bare bones. Ultimately, you’re there to workout and need to choose accordingly.
Share with me: tell me about your gym!