So, you have decided that it’s finally time to lose those 20 pounds you promised you would start taking off…oh, last New Year’s Day. You now have the will, you now have the motivation, and you now just need the facilities to get going and become fit again. You probably have a multitude of gyms in your city with an equally large number of membership packages available. Where do you go and which do you choose? It’s perplexing enough to make you want to just stay home on the couch.
Here are some tips that can help make things easier:
Choose One Close to Home
The closer the gym is, the more likely you are to use it. If it’s in walking distance from your job, even better. Check the hours; are they open during times when it’s convenient for you to use the facility?
Take the Tour
Ask for a tour of the facility. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the equipment, instructors, programs, change rooms, or anything else that comes to mind. For example: find out when the peak times are. If this is when you plan to attend, ask how busy the facility gets. It won’t do you any good to show up at the gym and find all of the machines taken.
Go Month to Month
You’re eager now, but will you still be in six weeks? Try going month to month for the first while and see how you do, rather than locking yourself into a yearly contract.
Study the Paperwork
Make sure that there are no extra fees beyond what you agree to. Only sign up for things you know you need.
Before You Sign…
Do some additional online research. Does the gym have good reviews? Do you know anyone who goes there regularly? Ask questions.