So, it is halfway through the year and you can’t remember the last time you worked out. Don’t stress, most people have already canceled their gym membership they so eagerly signed up for in January. However, your lack of motivation to get sweaty could be because you didn’t choose the right gym. So how do you increase the chances of showing up well into the year? It’s all about being comfortable in your environment. For those who prefer the indoor workout routine, here’s what to look for in your future favorite gym.
For many of us, convenience is just as important as comfort. So, when choosing a gym try to sweat local. Consider a gym that is within 5 miles of your house or close to your work or even the route home from your daily commute. Be sure to consider the parking situation and any other factors that may deter you from going.
Good Vibes Only?
When scoping out potentials, be sure to visit at the time you plan on working out. You’ll want to understand the vibe of the place when you intend on spending your time there. Is it overcrowded? Are the machines you plan on using available? How’s the staff? People work out at all hours of the day depending on their schedule so find a place that fits your preferred workout environment.
Cleanliness is also a super important factor, especially these days. During your visit, watch to see how often the staff cleans the machines. A professional cleaning service should be used every day as well as employees wiping down machines between use.
Read Before Signing
Signing a contract is scary no matter what the context and should always be thoroughly reviewed. Take the time to read it all the way through and get any verbal promises in writing. If the contract requires automatic withdrawal from your bank account check to make sure you’re not being charged any extra fees. Ask about the process of breaking a contract and how much notice is required.
Returns on Your Investment
If you’re the type to lose interest as time passes then maybe opt for a personal trainer or group classes. A group program or having someone to guide your fitness journey may greatly help with accountability. Take action to make your gym investment worth it. Maybe sign up with a friend or commit to a specific training course that requires a scheduled attendance.
Cheaper Isn’t Always the Better Deal
aper Isn’t Always the Better Deal Don’t fall for the cheap bargain gym’s promise of the best membership deals. Many people don’t take the time to cancel their membership if it is such a low monthly cost by telling themselves they will eventually get back at it. Use this as a self-motivating factor as well. How much does your fitness and health really mean to you in terms of price?
Quality over Quantity
During your initial gym visits, check to see what brand of machinery they are using. If every machine is made by the same company maybe the gym got a good deal on a bulk order instead of selecting the best machines for each workout. This could be a very important factor if you’re used to a specific brand.
Lastly, you may want to consider a gym that has a national reach if you travel often. If the gym is part of a franchise then check up on their reciprocity rules for other gym locations.