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 How To Find and Join The Perfect Gym?

How To Find and Join The Perfect Gym?

How To Find and Join The Perfect Gym?

Ok, we all know that to lose weight one of the key components is to exercise. To be successful at losing weight will require that you actually get off your rear and get plenty of exercise. One of the most effective ways to do this is by joining a gym.



There are huge benefits to gym membership vs. doing it on your own. They offer all the equipment you will need so you don't have to make a large investment in buying any. They offer classes so you can make new friends and have some fun while losing weight. There are trainers on hand to advise you of the best exercises for your particular situation and they can teach you how to do them without injury. Plus others, the benefits of gym membership are many.


But, there are drawbacks too.


Not all gyms are equal. Nor do they all target the same goals. Some are down and dirty hard core muscle palaces where men and women go to bulk up - and nothing else. If you were to ask about a yoga class, you'd be laughed out of the building. Others are nothing more than glorified pick-up joints where finding a hot looking date is the goal, not weight loss and muscle tone. And everything in between.


A membership can be very expensive so it's important to check out all the gyms in your area to get the best one to meet your needs. Here are must-know tips to make sure you choose the perfect gym the first time.


Is this gym close enough to your home or office?

Is this gym close enough to your home or office?


If you have to drive a long way, it won't be long before the commute gets really old and you'll stop going. Not to mention the additional cost in gas.

Next, what time of day do you like (or need) to exercise. Are they open? They probably are, but maybe not. Some gyms have pretty funky schedules. Be sure to check.


Will you be using a trainer? 

Will you be using a trainer?


You'll want to be sure that they are experienced and know what they're doing. You want someone that will teach you the best possible habits and will show you how to get the most out of your session - without injury. Plus, just look at them. Do they look like they know what they are doing? A fat trainer is like a smoking doctor that is advising you to quit smoking.



Sadly, there are no qualification standards for trainers so you will want to be sure you are looking at a gym that requires their trainers to complete some sort of training.

What equipment is available and how much is available in the gym ?

What equipment is available and how much is available in the gym

Most people tend to do their workouts at similar times and one or two treadmills just won't be enough. It can be very frustrating to be trying to complete a circuit of training and have to wait in line at each piece of equipment. Or, conversely to have someone waiting and glaring at YOU.

Is the equipment is good repair? 

Is the equipment is good repair?


You are dealing with a lot of weight in some cases and excessively worn or malfunctioning equipment could be very dangerous.

Is the facility clean and well kept?

Is the facility clean and well kept?


A dirty gym is a breeding ground for a whole host of illnesses that can spread from member to member. Good gyms have cleaning crews to make sure the locker rooms are sparkling and they also provide antibacterial products to wipe down the equipment after a workout session. There's just no reason to have weights lying around to trip over.


Always take a tour of the facilities before signing anything. Most gyms offer a free or low cost trial membership. You should take advantage of that so you can see the gym and how it is functioning - away from the salesman and in the hours that YOU will be there exercising.

Finally, check out the prices. They vary widely. Before you join, check out ALL the gyms in your area. You may find one that is every bit as good as the top ones on the list but at a drastically reduced price


Some charge a yearly fee. Some automatically charge a credit card every month while others invoice you every month. A gym membership can add up to a substantial amount of money as time passes and you owe it to yourself to take the extra time to make sure you've made the choice that is right for you.
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