Making the decision to join the gym, whether for the first time, or if you are switching gyms, can often leave you unsure of how to choose the best facility. Particularly if you live in a big place, there might be a lot of different gyms to choose from.
So how do you make sure you’re making the right decision? We’ve put together 5 top tips for choosing the best gym for you!
List your must haves
Do you really enjoy swimming? If a swimming pool is on your list of must haves for the gym you plan to join, then you can rule out any that do not have a pool immediately. Similarly if you need to get ready for work at the gym after a morning workout, an excellent showering and changing facility might be high up your list.
Make a list of all of these essential points, and then eliminate from your list of prospective gyms those that do not meet these criteria to make your decision making process easier.
Do your research
Have a look online at what other people are saying about each gym on social media, and whether they have any reviews on Google, Facebook etc.
Also do some “real life” research. Speak to friends who go to the gyms you are considering, and find out what they are like and whether people you know and trust would recommend them.
Holmer Park, a health club and spa in Hereford told us “The location of the gym you join is very important. If it is too much effort to get to the gym, it is likely that you will use it as an excuse to skip sessions, and you want to avoid this.”
Choose a location based on your lifestyle. Are you going to be working out in the mornings and at weekends? You probably want to join a gym that is close to your home. Planning on working out after work, or on your dinner breaks? You’ll need one close to your place of work in this case.
Avoid signing up to a gym that is in a part of town you never go to for any other reason. It’s much easier to keep up a good routine if you don’t have to go too far out of your way.
Visit your top picks
Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few that you are deciding between, pay them a visit. Go along and tell them you are considering signing up, and ask for a tour of the facilities. Some even offer free passes so that you can try out the gym for a day to see how you like it.
There’s no better way to see whether it’s the right gym for you than seeing for yourself, and you can’t really tell things like whether the classes are too busy or the facilities aren’t clean from doing online research.
Probably the first thing that people think about when deciding to join the gym is whether or not they can afford the extra expense.
Compare not just the monthly/annual cost of the gyms you are considering, but also value for money. Often many gyms cost around the same amount each month, but may offer different things. This will depend on what is important to you. Is there an additional cost for group exercise classes? If you plan to take a lot of classes you may wish to opt for a gym where this is included in the membership price.
Will you be attending the gym during off peak times? You may be best looking at a gym that offers discounted memberships for off peak hours.
Committing to the gym is a big decision for many, so it’s important to get it right. We hope these tips have helped and that you find the perfect gym for your needs!