Pick the Right Gym

by Bitley Shawn
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Whether you are just getting into working out and staying fit or if you are a fitness junkie, you are more than likely considering joining a gym. This is a great first step that requires not only an investment financially, but a strong resolve to be fit and stay fit. Finding and joining a gym should be taken seriously because you want this place to be comfortable in terms of how relaxed you are in that environment, clean, reasonably priced, and convenient in location.

There are many different types of gyms available for you to join, from hardcore weightlifting gyms all the way to upper class gyms with membership fees in the thousands of dollars. Ask yourself what it is that you are looking for. If bodybuilding is a large facet of your life, then a gym with an endless sea of cardio equipment may not be for you. Alternatively, if you are someone who wants to simply stay fit and be well, then most gyms will suffice. Walk in the gym you are considering joining and see whether or not the equipment suites the kind of workout routines that you typically do. Take a look at the crowd of the gym to see if you would feel comfortable working out there.

Cleanliness is a relatively big aspect of a gym.

Inspect the equipment in the gym to see if they have been maintained by the staff and taken care of. Inspect the bathrooms, showers, and locker room to see how meticulous the gym staff is at keeping things clean. You may say to yourself, “We’re men, cleanliness isn’t that important!” But the reason why cleanliness is truly important in the gym setting is because the growth of bacteria and the spread of illness are facilitated in a filthy gym due to thousands of people utilizing the same equipment and locker room facilities. If the gym repels even our relatively lower standards of cleanliness than women, then keep looking.

Price is a huge factor of gym membership.

There are numerous gyms available that are reasonably priced, and then on the other side of the spectrum there are gyms designed specifically for the upper class with membership costing thousands of dollars per year. I had the opportunity to attend one of the latter for a brief period of time and it was quite ridiculous. The locker room, for instance, felt more like a hotel room than anything else. There was deodorant, perfume, shaving cream, and small packets of soap, all neatly placed on the sink counter like a fancy hotel room. If these details and status are important to you, then a gym like that may be for you. However, for the rest of us on tight budgets, we have to look for the best deals available at the highest quality gyms within our budget. One of the main things to look out for are membership fees and hidden charges. Many gyms like to force you into a contractual agreement, forcing you to remain at that gym for a period of at least one year. Try to avoid these gyms at all costs because they are only out to get your money.

And one of the most important parts of finding a gym is finding one that is convenient for you to get to. If it’s a struggle to get to the gym, then chances are that you won’t go. If you live in a large city, try and find a gym that is on one of your local bus routes within ten minutes. This way you won’t view it as a burden and since it will be so convenient to get to the gym, you will be more apt to go. And if you live in a more suburban area, aim for about five to ten minutes of driving time. This is all purely psychological, as is weightlifting. As long as everything is setup to work easily and not against you, you will succeed.

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