How to Select a Gym to Match Your Goals - fitness women

How to Select a Gym to Match Your Goals - fitness women

 How to Select a Gym to Match Your Goals

Is that true? Many different gyms are out there. How do you choose from all of these gyms? Some things aren't clear, and it's very easy to get swayed by a good salesperson when you go to the gym. Arm yourself with this checklist to make the best choice for yourself. Before you choose a gym, always check out a few.


As long as you had an easy-to-get-to gym, it would help. If it takes a long time, you're less likely to use it as often as you should (ideally three times a week). So think about one close to where you live, so you don't have to deal with public transportation delays or traffic jams. If you're driving, check the ease and cost of parking. One near your home or work would be ideal, depending on when and how often you want to train.

Be careful; just because a gym is near you doesn't mean it's easy to get to. It took me longer to get to one gym than the next one, which was 3 miles away but well connected by train. I live in London. So, make sure you make the trip when you plan to go to the gym and figure out how long it will take.


What are my goals? Then, choose a gym that has the right equipment for your goals. In that case, choose a gym with many free weights (dumbbells and barbells, cable crossovers, benches with both flat and incline options, and squat racks). We need to go to a gym where there is space for yoga and stretching to work out.

Check out how the gym is laid out. Is it a good thing for you? Is there room to move? It would help if you made sure that the balance of the equipment was right for you. I wouldn't say I like huge rows of treadmills that stretch as far as the eye can see, with very little else to do with cardio (cross trainers, bikes, rowing machines). And I wouldn't say I like small, crowded free-weight areas. I like my free-weight areas to be big and have enough space between weights benches so that you don't bump into the person next to you. People in the UK don't use as many free weights in their gyms as people in Australia do.

Another thing to think about is the music in the gym. Is loud music what you want, or would you rather work out in a quiet place? People at one gym I went to could hear loud rock music from the upper level mixed with a lot of loud pop music down below, which hurt their ears.


There are likely to be many people at the front desk when you arrive. Are they welcoming, friendly, and well-versed? If you're going to interact with these people every time you go to the gym, they all mean a lot.

Then, think about how many gym instructors and personal trainers are available. Are they available, attentive, and easy to get in touch with? Talk to them, and you'll see what they say.

Two things turned me off of one gym I went to when I left; I saw one of the gym instructors outside smoking a cigarette. Ugh.

At the other end of the spectrum is where I go to work out. The staff at my current gym are friendly and lively and talk a lot. When you go to the gym, it makes a huge difference. Each personal trainer and gym instructor has their picture on the wall, with a short biog about how they work out and their job. Many people know a lot about the most recent workout trends and nutrition tips that I talk about. So when you go to a gym to sign up, try talking to some of the staff. You'll get a sense of how friendly and knowledgeable they are, which will help you decide whether or not to join.

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