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5 Important Tips To Choosing The Right Gym

Nov 22, 2007
Whether you are looking to shed a few extra pounds or simply desire a healthier lifestyle, choosing the right gym is important in your quest for a new you. In fact, this decision is so important that it could greatly impact your ability to succeed. Therefore, below are five tips to help you choose the right gym for your individual needs.

Convenience. One of the most important considerations when choosing a gym is it's proximity to your home or work. Depending on when you will be working out, you will likely enjoy the convenience of being able to get to the gym and back home or to work in a timely manner. Some people may prefer to work out early in the morning, immediately following work or even late in the evening. It's also a good idea to take note of the gym's hours, and factor in how they coordinate with your schedule.

Affordability. If you are looking for the right gym, it would obviously be one that fits your budget. The rates must be reasonable and in line with what you can afford, but it's equally important that the company offer a trial period that would allow you to try out the gym and see if it's a good choice for you. If the gym that you are considering does not offer a free trial period, ask about refund options and/or cancellation policies.

Equipment. During your search for the right gym, you will likely be looking at the type of equipment offered and how it works with your routine. It's a good idea to take note of waiting periods for various machines, and also be sure to notice how crowded the gym is during certain times and/or days of the week. Some gyms have limited equipment, while others may have a large selection to accommodate more members.

Trainers. If you are new to the gym experience or are concerned with using any of the equipment properly, you may need the help of a personal trainer. If this is the case, make sure that the gym you are considering has certified trainers on staff in order to help you to achieve your fitness goals effectively and safely.

Reputation. As you search for the right gym, ask around and get references from friends, coworkers and acquaintances. Word of mouth is often the best type of advertising available because it offers an individual view of how a business operates and one that is not demonstrated through a paid advertisement. If someone that you know or trust recommends the gym, it may be even more interesting to you. Always check the company's record with the Better Business Bureau and keep a copy of any contracts and/or written agreements for your records.

The information contained in this article is designed for reference purposes only. It should not be used as, in place of or in conjunction with professional advice and/or recommendations regarding fitness or gym selection. For additional information, consult with your physician before starting any type of fitness or exercise regimen.
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Leslie scours the web for free healthy recipes and spends too much time on Star Wars fansites and goggling pedal cars in kids toy stores.
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