If you have made the decision to join a gym, congratulations to you. And if you made a full commitment to taking charge of your health and making a change then an even bigger congratulations to you! When you pick out a gym there are several factors to consider, such as the gym fitness equipment, the membership rates, the instructors and so on.
Check the Gym Fitness Equipment – Look for high quality gym fitness equipment, which is heavy duty or industrial strength. The equipment should also be in good shape – it should be in good repair, maintained well, and free of rust.
Also check to see if there is enough gym fitness equipment in terms of the ratio of number of machines to the number of members that will be using the gym. If you need to get in line to use the gym fitness equipment then you will end up wasting a lot of time, and this is going to defeat the purpose of joining a gym.
What is also worth checking out is the range of the gym’s fitness equipment that the gym has – can it take care of your different requirements such as weight loss, muscle development, endurance training and so on? Ideally there should be the right blend of cardio, weights, aerobic and other fitness gym equipment available.
It isn’t just the fitness gym equipment, but also other facilities that you may require at the gym that you should be looking at – does it have a steam, sauna, showering and locker facilities? And do you need those facilities? Consider if you are really going to make much use of those additional facilities.
Trained instructors – Well trained gym instructors are perhaps as important as the fitness gym equipment that you will be using. The instructor should be trained and knowledgeable enough to guide so you can get the maximum results from your efforts.
They should be able to tell you the best way to use the fitness gym equipment in terms of suitability for your age, fitness levels and health and also how to perform each exercise using the correct form and range of actions.
Shop around – Ask friends, go and personally visit a few gyms to get an idea about the facilities and if it offers you good value for money. Check to see what facilities you will get in the amount of membership money you will be paying. Also consider if you want a long term membership or whether you want to try things out for a while before making a longer term commitment.
Other things to consider – Is air conditioning or heating up to the mark? This can matter for an effective workout. If there is music played at the gym consider if it’s your type and if you will find it comfortable working out with that level and type of music. Levels of cleanliness and hygiene; both overall as well as in respect of the fitness gym equipment (periodic wiping down and disinfecting of the implements) are other factors to consider.