Tips For You!

You have made the decision.  It’s time to do something about that beer belly and flabby arms.  Joining a gym for beginners is the first step to get on the right track.

Where to Start: 

First, you need to find area gyms near your home or office.  Call each center to find out if they offer a trial period.  Most gyms offer a trial for prospective members from one week to one month.  If they do not advertise it, just ask.

Once you are inside the gym ask for a tour. During your tour of the gymnasium and fitness center be sure to ask as many questions as you need.  Some gym memberships include fitness classes with the fee while others require you to pay for them separately.

You will also want to notice the amount of members while you are there.  If you enjoy working out by yourself, a busy gym might not be the best fit for you.  It is also important to note the hours of the facility.  If you or someone in your family works second or third shift a 24 hour gym would be great for your family.

As a beginner you may not know much about the equipment, so make sure to learn how each machine before starting your workout.  Quality fitness centers will have a staff member in the gym to help their members with any questions.

If you are still scared about joining a gym, ask if the facility if they have personal trainers available. As a beginner, they may have special discounts when you sign up for your membership.

Ready to Sign:

Once you have selected a gym to join to it very important to think about how much you will use it.  Most members find themselves at the gym most during the winter months when it is too cold to exercise outside or during summer months when it might dangerous to exercise outdoors.

Some gyms are have flexible membership programs.  You may end up paying more per month for a membership that can be cancelled at any time but you will save when you can cancel during months that you or your family does not use the gym.

When you finally sign up you might be charged additional fees like a start up fee which can range from $20 to $150 depending on the facility.  If you are signing up during an off season ask them to wave the fee.

Joining a gym for beginners can be a difficult and a scary experience but with a little research you will on your way to changing your body!