Finding a gym can be as difficult or as easy as you want it. There are different types of gyms for different types of workouts including CrossFit, Olympic lifting, and machine-heavy. This will be one of the first decisions you’ll make when deciding on the right gym for you.
You shouldn’t immediately head for the gym that has the most machines, ellipticals, or lifting platforms. Everyone’s preference for what they want to get out of a gym is different and if you take our advice, you’ll spend less money switching between gyms and more time getting fit.
A universal rule that would be greatly beneficial is to ask for a tour. If an employee says you can’t…it’s probably not the gym for you anyway. A tour will show you what you’re getting for your money before you spend it.
Gyms nowadays offer different price plans according to what you want. These prices will fluctuate depending on what type of gym you are considering. Our advice would be to start at the cheapest option and move up from there.
If you’re new to gyms—we already established that no two gyms are the same, even if they’re in the same franchise.
If your budget is as tight as mine, the location of your gym should also be a contributing factor to your decision. If your preferred gym is way out in the middle of nowhere away from home and work, you may have a problem. Furthermore, if there are gyms that are just as good or of a little less quality that are close to you, it may not be such a bad idea to compromise.
Try and plan your route every day so you can hit certain points as the day progresses. If you can walk around the corner to your gym after school or work, maybe that’s the route to go instead of using gas to travel miles.
We all want to feel like we have the gym to ourselves, but that’s rarely a reality. So even if your gym doesn’t have all the equipment you want, there are still a multitude of exercises you can do to workout every inch of your body.
Don’t feel as though you are limited by the machines and racks you see. Medicine balls, kettlebells, stands, and ab rollers are all viable options for workouts.
Machines are good exercises, but nothing beats lifting and body weight workouts. If you’re the type of person that enjoys switching from machine to machine or bench to bench, you might want to look for a facility with a larger weight room. Depending on how close your gym is to a populated area, you may have to deal with overcrowding.
As I mentioned in the price section, access to classes and amenities are going to cost you extra. Some us go to the gym specifically for the weight room, others just for the classes. You’re not losing anything but preferring weight room over classes and vice versa.
I think any gym that offers classes to be a step over the rest. Challenging your body in new and intuitive ways is one of the best ways to get in better shape quicker. I greatly encourage you to take advantage of swimming pools
Do you have any good pointers and tips for people when choosing a gym? Let us know in the comments!