What should I look for when choosing a gym?

By Patrick Banks

Posted 3 weeks agoHEALTH

If you are quite serious about your fitness goals and intend to join a gym for achieving them, it can be a trickier proposition at times. If you choose the right gym for yourself, it can surely take your fitness levels to newer heights. However, if you do so in a hurry and land up in a gym that is known only for making false claims, it can take a toll on your health along with wasting your time.

Therefore, it becomes quite imperative to choose the right gym that can cater to your fitness requirements. To do so, there are certain key points that you must keep in mind before choosing a gym. In this post, we will be throwing light on those points. Let’s get started.

Location

This has to be the very first factor to consider before you choose a gym. It should be at a location that is in proximity to your house. After all, you would never find the motivation to go to a gym that is too far away from your house. 

This is because all the energy that you would be willing to spend in the gym would get spent only traveling to the gym. And in such situations, if you start facing problems of traffic jams, your gym experience would be a hectic one. Hence, joining a gym that is within walkable distance from your house would be quite apt for you.

Training Equipment

If you have decided to join a gym, you wouldn’t be willing to only rely on bodyweight exercises to meet your fitness goals. Right? Therefore, before you choose a gym you must have a detailed idea about the training equipment that is present in the gym. 

A good gym must-have free weights (including barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells), machines, and cardio equipment (including a treadmill, stationary bike, or an elliptical trainer). This will enable you to train holistically focusing on every aspect of your physique.

Before you choose a gym, you must also ensure that the gym has adequate training equipment. After all, you would never want to wait in a queue to hit your bench press max or to use the treadmill. 

Trainer

Getting trained under an experienced fitness coach is something that can never be underestimated. A certified and experienced fitness trainer not only guides you in performing the exercises correctly but also keeps you motivated throughout your fitness journey. Exercising under a trainer also ensures that you train optimally and that too without subjecting your body to any injuries.

A good gym must have numerous trainers who specialize in different exercise styles. If a gym only has trainers who specialize in weight training, that gym won’t suit someone who is willing to work on improving his flexibility and agility. 

Cleanliness

It is often said that cleanliness is next to godliness. And this quote applies to gyms as well. You must always choose a gym that has pretty good standards in terms of cleanliness. A gym is a place where numerous people sweat and hence the exercise equipment in the gym is exposed to plenty of germs

Choosing a gym that has spray bottles filled with sanitizers and disinfectants in various places which you can use on the training equipment can be a viable proposition. The gym must also have guidelines instructing people to carry their towels to the gym to wipe off the equipment after use.

Apart from that before joining a gym you must also check out that the changing rooms and bathrooms of the gym are neat and clean. They must be as per your standards as then only you will derive a pleasant training experience in the gym.

Membership Cost

No matter how well-equipped a gym is, you would never choose to join it if its gym membership costs are exorbitantly high. The membership cost of the gym that you are willing to join must fit your budget and should not burn a hole in your pocket. 

You must also get an idea about the quarterly, half-yearly, and yearly subscriptions that your desired gym is offering. If you choose to take one out of those subscriptions, that would aid you in saving up the costs that would be incurred if you pay your gym membership fees on a monthly basis.

You should also check out what all facilities will be provided in the gym with respect to the membership fees. If the membership fees of the gym are too high but the facilities provided are quite basic, it’s a clear indicator that you must look out for other options.

Gym hours

The best time to exercise is the early hours of the day. But not all of us have the option of working out early in the morning. 

People who have hectic work schedules have to maintain a work-life balance. 24 hour gyms tend to serve the requirements of such people pretty well. Those gyms are open 24×7 and are an ideal option for those who are quite passionate about achieving their fitness goals despite their hectic work schedules.

Final Words

We expect that by now you would have got a comprehensive idea regarding all points you must keep in mind before joining a gym. 

The ambiance of your gym must motivate you to train hard but at the same time, it must also make you feel immensely comfortable. This will drastically help you in being consistent with your fitness journey.

About the author Patrick Banks

Patrick is a Berlin-based dating advisor, motivational speaker, a huge fitness and vegan diet enthusiast and the main editor at Wingman Magazine, specialised in men's health. His ultimate goal is to share with men around the world his passion for self-development and to help them to become the greatest version of themselves. He believes a healthy body and successful social interactions are two main keys to happiness.

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