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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.