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Things to Consider Before Joining a Gym

Things to Consider Before Joining a Gym

Things to Consider Before Joining a Gym

Joining a gym is one way that many people motivate themselves to exercise. But others argue that you can get just as good of a workout at home. Here are some things to think about before joining a gym.

Pros of Joining a Gym

Equipment

Many gyms and fitness clubs have lots of high-tech exercise equipment. Their machines make it easy to target the areas of the body and monitor your progress. Having a variety of equipment to choose from can make for more interesting workouts.

Experts

Gyms typically have on staff experts like personal trainers and certified instructors. If you have any questions, the trainer is the person to ask. Trainers can also make sure you are getting the most out of your membership by designing an exercise and diet program.

Classes

The appeal to many about gyms is the ability to choose from many exercise classes. Most gyms offer cardio, strength, yoga and more. Going to classes is a good way to stay motivated. It offers a chance to socialize and good instructors will help with motivation and make sure you are using proper form during class.

Costs

This can be a pro as well as a con (see below). Having the membership can be a powerful motivator. Getting your money’s worth out of your membership can be a motivator to get your butt in the gym.

Cons of Joining a Gym

Privacy

Working out at the gym means you will be working out in front of other people. That’s not a big deal for some of us, but for others it can be a deal breaker. If you are self-conscious you may be uncomfortable going to the gym. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try, but you really want to check out the environment and decide if it is something you are comfortable with.

Yuck Factor

Let’s face it, some gyms can be quite gross. Not everyone remembers to wipe down equipment. Gyms are also a breeding ground for germs. A lot of people continue to work out even when they’re sick, especially if they are just suffering from a cold.

Contracts

Make sure you read the fine print of any contract before signing to make sure what you’re fee includes.  Some gym staff can be pushy, trying to get you to sign without fully divulging the terms of the contract. Ask the gym to give you a free trial or purchase just one month to see what you think. Don’t get stuck in a long term contract that you regret.

Costs

Money used to pay for a gym membership could be used for other things. In today’s economy, most of us are trying to save money any way we can. When you could be working out at home instead, it may be hard to justify paying to go to the gym.

A local gym or fitness club can offer a lot to many who lack motivation to workout at home. Carefully consider your personal situation, likes and dislikes before joining a gym.

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  2. Ernest says:

    For me very important is location because if the gym is too far from work or home I might get lazy to go to it…And costs ofcourse is also big priority. Thanks for grat post.

  3. I think another aspect to add is Cleanliness. I belonged to a great gym in terms of facilities and equipment but they did not keep it uber clean and up-to-date. That is a MAJOR fail for me.

  4. Great tips. I am thinking of joining a gym again.

  5. Jenna Wood says:

    I’ll never do a contract gym again, do they still have those? I tend to like smaller independent gyms though, where the staff and patrons are like a small family. Great tips!

  6. Missy says:

    I quit my gym after I bought enough equipment for a home gym. I’ve never been happier! No waiting in lines or having to deal with other people! That is my issue and another thing you have to consider is how well you play with others or how well you are able to tolerate others’ inconsiderate behavior.

  7. I once joined a gym because they had hot trainers. I now make more informed decisions before committing to an annual contract!

  8. Lena says:

    I am all for saving money, but honestly I get sidetracked with too many things at home and end up in the kitchen instead of workout room

    • Jenn says:

      Working out at a gym is definitely key for some. I like gyms that offer a class card so I can go when I want, but don’t need to pay monthly fees.

  9. Jeannette says:

    Childcare is also a big factor for me since I have little ones. If my kid can’t love it there as well, it’s a no go!

  10. Emily says:

    I’d also add in location. If it’s close to your home and/or work you’re more likely to stick to visiting regularly. 🙂

  11. Erinn S says:

    Costs and classes are my criteria. I don’t want to join a gym and then still have to pay for classes on top of the membership fee!

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