The right gym for you!
If you are looking to get in shape and want to get out to find your perfect gym you are suddenly bombarded with choices and options. The beauty of choice is that there is a lot of competition so you can get the best deal and whatever you want. The paradox of this problem is that because there are so many choices many people don't even know where to commit since every gym offers great deals and prices. What are you supposed to do? Read on and find out what you should be looking for when deciding on a gym to become a member of.
Prices are usually the first thing that people notice when looking for a gym. The first thing we notice is hot bad our pocketbooks or wallets are going to be hit each month and we want to make sure we aren't stepping beyond our means. The first step before looking at anything else in a gym is the price. I don't care how many awesome things a gym may have; if you can't afford it then you can't go. Find out what is within your budget today and when you have a figure then you can step beyond the first barrier of gym membership prices and then look beyond that to what it has to offer. This will be your first step in narrowing down your sea of choices out there in your local area.
Convenience and location
The next step you should consider once you have hammered out a price you can afford is the location and convenience of getting there. If you find a great deal for a gym only to find out that you will be chugging massive amounts of gas each week then you really aren't getting a good deal due to gas prices these days. If the gyms are relatively far away you should consider what's worth it to you. In the next section I'll talk about features a gym has, but first and foremost you have to consider what features are worth the distance. I prefer gyms that are super close to my home and the gym I currently go to is right across the street. While it's not the perfect gym in that there are certain things I want it has enough where I value the distance more than the features.
Convenience is another option to consider. You could have gyms that are close to you, but in order to drive there you have to run through multiple traffic lights and jug-handles and U turns to get there. By the time you get to the gym you are frustrated with the trip and contemplate looking for something else already. Distance is one thing, but convenience to drive there is another. Find a gym that's easy to get to that doesn't require you driving all throughout town and sitting in multiple traffic lights and sitting in bumper to bumper traffic to get to.
Now that we have hammered out the important considerations to knock out a bunch of choices with price, distance, and convenience then the next step now is to look at the features each gym offers. If you require certain things then now is the time to do your research, look at reviews, and make phone calls. Do you have a condition that certain features would make easier for you to workout? Maybe you prefer something like a pool over a traditional workout room to get your exercise in. Perhaps you prefer classes over your own routine and classes are your top consideration. Whatever it may be (the list goes on) make sure that you consider your options now.
If you require certain things for your workout or your fitness preference style these are obviously the things you must consider at this point. The number one thing I can recommend is when you have a few locations down that you want to potentially bring your business to go to the site and talk with the person at the front desk. 9/10 times they will be more than happy to walk you around the gym and tell you what they offer, their prices and hours, and what kind of classes they have. Take note as you are walking of all the equipment that's available. Most of the time I'll be half paying attention to what the person is saying because I'm busy visualizing my routine and the equipment I'll need and where it's at in the gym.
Once the tour is over they will try to convince you to sign up and become a member. If you have done your research and already know that everything you need is offered at that particular gym then you can go ahead and sign up. If you want to check out some other gyms now is the time to make that point known that you will be back. If you feel comfortable then go for it, but if you have some reservations or just want to explore all of your options that you have out on the table then set out and take a tour there as well. Make your decision not in the heat of the moment, but instead with the peace you have to know this is the place you will be working out.
Get out and workout!
Now that you have finally decided on a gym that's got a great price, provides all the features and things you need, and isn't located on the other side of town or deep in traffic you can get out and workout! Don't be that person that works hard trying to find a great gym only to lose your motivation to go because you are tired or don't feel like it. If you decided to go to a gym to get a workout in that's great, but keep up your motivation and make sure you keep your goals in front of you. Hit the gym often and see those goals realized, and be proud knowing that your research enabled you to find the perfect place to get that workout in that you wanted.