Factors to Consider when choosing a Fitness Club
by Renee Kennedy
There are several details that must be taken into account if you are looking to join a health club or fitness center:
- Convenience/Location is probably the most important consideration. If the health club you choose to join is not convenient to your home or work, how long do you think it will take before you decide to skip a couple sessions, especially in bad weather?
- Price may also be a factor for you.
- How much do you know about working out? If you know a lot about strength training, aerobics, flexibility, etc. you may want to join a club where you can develop your own individualized program. If you know nothing about physical fitness, it may be much better for you to join a club that offers a standardized program.
- Your specific goals may also have a big influence on your choice. If you need to tone up, perhaps a Pilates class may be the answer for you. If you are trying to buff up, you may wish to join a health club that offers a strength-training program.
- Where are your friends going? There?s no better motivation than working out with a friend. You may get to know some people once you join and that?s a good thing? but if you choose a place where a friend already goes, it may be easier for you to adjust. It?s a lot more fun when you feel comfortable and have someone to talk to.
- What is your gender and age? There are fitness places geared toward a specific gender. For instance, ?Curves? and ?Ladies Workout Express? are only for women. Go to each fitness center within a reasonable driving distance of your work or home and ask them for a tour. Look at the people that are working out, are those people like you? Do you look like you would fit in with these people? ?Fitting in? will also motivate you to keep going.
- Time is also a consideration. Is your fitness center open during times that are convenient for your schedule?
- Do you need childcare? Many fitness clubs offer childcare.
- Will the staff meet your needs? If you are joining to lose weight, you may want a nutritionist on staff. Maybe you feel you need a certified personal trainer to keep you on track. Also, will there always be a staff member around to help you learn the equipment?
- The fitness center may have a contract. Read this contract or ask questions about it. Some good questions to ask?
- Are there any up-front fees?
- What is the duration of the contract?
- Is there any way to get out of the contract if I need to?
- What exactly does the membership fee cover? For instance, will it cover childcare, use of the pool, locker, towels, etc.
We lead such busy lives. Finding time for yourself can be difficult. If you are a mother, wife, husband, father, or you work, then you have commitments to other people. To keep those commitments, you need to make time for your own health.
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