How to find a fitness club, which will meet all your personal requirements and maintain your interest.
Here are five useful tips on how to choose the right gym to visit.
According to private instructors, a lot of men start to attend a gym after the holidays. Perhaps they hope to finally lose weight or pump up the pectoral muscles, or they are recovering from surgery on knees or back when damaged muscles need help to get in shape again. Sometimes a man is striving to improve his golf swing. However, the most of them give up their gym membership after a month or three.
The main problem is that in the presence of a huge number of fitness clubs that meet customer needs, men are not too worried about choosing a gym that fits them. What actions do you need to take to protect yourself from the fact that the membership card of the fitness club will eventually become another debt?
1. Try to look for a gym near your home or office
Ideally, the gym should be a 10-minute walk or drive from the house. It seems pretty simple condition, but the choice of the gym, which is too far away is one of the most common mistakes. Location of the fitness club is the decisive factor. If the gym is located 20 minutes from home, it fits a man as long as the weekly schedule does not become too tight. When choosing a place for training, it is important to take into account the traffic, unforeseen delays at work and suddenly appeared urgent things to do.
Often, men choose a gym near the office, hoping to train during a lunch break or at the end of the working day. But at the end of the day the prospect of training, and then another 30 minutes of the way home become unnecessary headache. It is better to find a gym near the house, so you can deal with it in the morning.
2. Carefully read the terms of visiting the gym
Assessment of your fitness club begins during the first visit. It is not necessary to consider options for gyms, where you are offered “the best price in town” or are hurried to buy a membership on favorable terms. It is important at the first visit to feel the high level of professionalism and the proper attitude to you as a client, not a source of income. In good health clubs you will be asked about training, types of preferred classes, as well as convenient time of visit.
Be sure to ask about subscription and membership club offers that allow you to choose the most convenient and flexible training schedule. Do not settle for favorable at first glance extended membership offers, which often involve small discounts, if you sign various kinds of long-term contracts. In such cases, it is likely that the fitness club needs capital, which may affect the quality of services provided.
Beware the hidden costs. Ask carefully about what is included in one or another type of subscription. Do you need to pay an entrance fee? This will help avoid unnecessary outlays.
If you have limited resources, you need to find an option with the best price-quality ratio. Remember, too cheap gym is likely to be crowded. If you make an emphasis on privacy and want to work with a coach individually, you will have to increase the budget.
Try to consider all the factors before you choose a gym. Some clubs provide the service, so that you can train while staff looks after your child.
3. Take the time to explore the options you like
It is important to pay attention to the smallest details. It will be great to look at sports equipment, try it out in action. Pay attention to the condition of the equipment if they are carefully maintained. If the equipment is out of order, ask how long it will take to repair it. Good equipment and pleasant atmosphere of the interior play an important role.
Make sure that the locker room is of good quality. A locker room with a wet floor and dirty shower with cracked tiles is likely to decrease your desire to train in the hall. So make sure that all health standards are abode, there are clean towels and a toilet. The lockers in the locker room are important, especially if you go to the gym before or after work, when it is necessary to reliably and accurately place your suit and valuables.
4. Pay attention to the principles of gym work
An important criterion for choosing a fitness club is the ethical principles of its work, as well as the qualification of the staff. Instructor, for example, must monitor the training process, politely treat visitors and maintain a pleasant atmosphere in the room.
Make sure that the gym will be able to provide you with all the necessary services: whether a special program in weightlifting or basketball courts. If the fitness club features newfangled sections such as yoga or Pilates, you may be wondering whether it is possible to visit the group exclusively for men or practice under the guidance of a male coach. This desire is quite natural and justified because of the lack of flexibility of the male body in comparison with the female. During training, it is important to feel as comfortable as possible, and not worry about that you cannot put your left foot behind the right ear, as a woman in the third row on the right.
Learn if there are any classes for a limited number of visitors. For example, if the gym provides training exclusively for women you will not be allowed to visit, which can limit the time you can visit this room and in this way prevent you from training at a convenient time for you.
Clubs usually offer programs for beginners, for example, the initial individual training where the instructor explains in detail how different exercisers work. Make sure that you need it, and in the case of the futility of such exercises – refuse.
5. You are the one who chooses the club
Do not follow the “advertising” or the advice of friends, as people buy the membership just because their friends visit it. A partner for training can be found in any room.
To train along with a young bodybuilder will be a bad decision, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle and you are forty years old. Going to the gym with your friends and relatives will be worthwhile only if you have the same purpose of training, and you are in the most similar shape.