Choosing A Gym
The thought of joining a gym is often an intimidating one with many excuses & scary thought being conjured up, but fear not, I’m here to help!
If you’re not yet a member of a gym but are thinking about joining one on the lead up to your big day and beyond then this guide will help you to choose the right one for you.
Location is one of the most influential factors when choosing a gym. Choosing one close to home or on the route to/from your place of work will help to increase the likelihood of you going. For many people, going to the gym isn’t the most exciting thing in the world and it’s easy to make excuses when it’s raining, you’re tired or if it takes a long time to get to so choosing a location close by will help you to stick to your plan and achieve results.
Do you like to swim or take part in group classes? Gyms offer different facilities so it’s worth checking out everything that they offer and see what is included in the memberships. Sometimes group classes are included in the membership price and sometimes this will be an extra fee so don’t get caught out.
Obviously price is an important factor when choosing a gym and especially when you have a wedding to plan, you don’t want to choose a gym that will break the bank. Check out a few gyms and compare membership options to ensure you’re getting the best deal and also ask if they have any offers.
Before you choose a gym and sign up for a membership, it’s worth checking out day passes for a few of the local gyms so you can use the facilities and make sure you’re happy before signing up for a longer period. Top tip - Visit the gym websites as some offer free passes if you register your email address!
How Many Active members?
It’s good to ask how many active members the gym has and how busy it usually gets during peak times. The last thing you want to do is wait around for equipment when you want to get your workout done so this information may help your decision.
Sweaty head marks on benches? Sweat dripped cardio machines & Grubby showers? No thanks! A well maintained gym, although probably not the driving factor in your decision, is still worth taking note of. Apart from working out on a clean bench (I always take a towel), if you plan to take a shower there after your workout, you may also want to check out the showers and locker area. Many gyms will provide towels and sanitary cleaning wipes to wipe down machines after use to ensure the equipment is clean for the next user.
andThere’s nothing more frustrating than approaching a machine to find it broken when it is part of your workout plan or when it’s busy and there are only 2 out of 4 showers working. If something’s broken how quickly does it get fixed? It’s inevitable that machines will get broken or start to look used and scruffy after many uses but these issues should be resolved in a timely manner and not left for months on end with an out of order sign on.
I Hope these top tips have given you some guidance and help you chose the right gym for you...
Until Next time...
x Jen x