A gym membership can be a great tool in your overall fitness plan; just be sure you pick the right gym for your style. Signing a one year contract for a gym that turns out to be a bad match for your needs can be a costly mistake.
What do you want to accomplish?
Take a good luck at your fitness goals. Do you want to train for a marathon, build muscle, or do cardio? Is fitness training a big part of your life or do you just need to keep yourself in shape? Knowing your needs will help you determine which gym is for you. What time of the day do you like to exercise? Equipment varies from gym to gym; be sure the gym you choose has enough of the equipment you want to use regularly.
What about the environment?
Visit the gyms you are considering at the time you would normally exercise and get a feel for the place. Do you like windows to look out of? Do you need child care? Would you like a chance to take some classes? Would you feel comfortable exercising with the other patrons or do they intimidate you? Gyms come in all forms and sizes, so pick one you feel comfortable with.
What location suits your needs?
Determine when you would like to exercise. If you want to exercise during a work break, choose a gym close to work. Early morning or evening exercisers may find a gym close to home the most convenient option. Take traffic and weather into consideration. Be honest with yourself; are you really willing to drive ten minutes to get to the gym?
What can I afford?
Gym membership costs vary widely. Generally, the more they offer, the more expensive they are. Check online for coupons and membership fee waivers. Talk with the advisors. Sometimes they are willing to add perks or waive fees. Being bold may save you some significant cash.
A gym is a great place to exercise. Ask friends and coworkers for suggestions or referrals. Check out all of the options and find the best gym for your needs.