How to Find the Perfect Gym For Weight Loss, Fitness and Fun

by Bitley Shawn
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Gym Staff

This is probably the most important factor. The gym staff are who you are going to be dealing with the most. Are they friendly and encouraging? Do they make you feel welcome? Why would you go to the gym if you didn’t like the atmosphere? Do the staff have proper qualifications? In many states and countries, trainers do not require any formal qualifications. If you are going to be doing their aerobics classes or working out with a personal trainer, you’ll want to make sure they are well-experienced (preferably with formal qualifications) in order to teach you all the right techniques and habits to get you to your fitness goals. Therefore, you would best choose a gym that requires their trainers to hold proper qualifications.

Gym Equipment

What sort of equipment is in the gym? Do you think you’ll be standing in line for a while to use the gym’s single stationary bike? Popular aerobic equipment such as treadmills and stationary bikes are sometimes hard to use because of the number of people. So, if the gym only has one or two of each, you may have to wait in line for a while if you work out during peak hours (usually 4:30 – 6:30 pm during the week)

Another thing to consider is the gym’s opening hours. If you are working normal hours during the week, this may not be a problem, but for people who work odd hours (ie finish work at midnight), a gym that is open 24 hours may be a god-send! In all, it is crucial that the gym you choose should be open at a time that is most convenient to you so you can workout when you are the most motivated.

Gym Hygiene

This is an often over-looked factor that people do not consider until they’ve paid their money to join the gym. When you are visiting a gym, ask the staff for a tour of their facilities first. Any gym that refuses this basic thing should be instantly avoided because you’ll probably be thinking they’ve got something to hide! If the gym is filthy, diseases such as hepatitus are even athlete’s foot could be around and will spread quite easily. At the very least, the change rooms and lockers should be cleaned by the staff at least once a day. If you use the exercise equipment, it is a requirement in many areas that anti-bacterial cleaning products be provided in order for people to clean the machines when they’ve finished using them.

What about the layout of the gym? If you are primarily interested in the weight equipment, you don’t want a gym where the gym equipment is crowded into a small area where people are always bumping in to people. In addition to being hard to actually do a workout, it could even be dangerous! Imagine doing a very heavy benchpress of your last rep, and someone bumps the bar by accident.

Gym Location

The nearest gym may not be the best choice for you. If you lived next door to the gym, it may be convenient but you may end up taking it for granted. A gym that is a few kilometers away may encourage you to walk, ride or jog there. The best thing about this is that you have given yourself a good warm-up and burnt a lot of calories as well! How much would you have burnt if you drove there?

Gym Costs

Lastly, the costs associated with joining the gym is something to consider. Some gyms may give only yearly memberships, some may give lifetime memberships, and some may charge monthly. Only you can decide if you can afford the costs.

Finding a gym for your weight loss and fitness goals is an important decision. Choosing the nearest gym isn’t always the best choice, nor is the cheapest gym. There are a few things you’ll need to consider first, as outlined above. However, by making an informed decision about your choice, you can be assured your weight loss and fitness goals will be easier.

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