You’re serious about getting into better shape. You’ve cut back on carbohydrates. You’re eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. You’re drinking more water. You have lost some weight and are making progress, but there’s still plenty more to go. So, you’re considering buying a gym membership to help shed the remaining weight. There are many things to consider before buying a gym membership. Read through the information below before you decide.
If there are two or more gyms in your area, take time to learn about each one, so you can make an educated decision. You may want to visit each one. Talk to people who have a membership at each gym. Are there any issues you should be aware of? Who do you speak to if you have questions or concerns?
Make sure you know what the costs are. You also want to find out if you can get a refund on any unused portions of your membership if you change your mind. Ask for a copy of their contract and read it thoroughly. Some gyms may have hidden fees or require a long-term membership. You want to avoid these, if it’s at all possible, and reading is the only way you find out.
Learn about the trainers at each gym in your area. Most gyms have
‘in-house’ trainers available to help their members out. However, not all trainers are the same. Some are available for one-on-one paid training only. Some are highly trained, and some are not. You want to learn about their certifications because using a non-certified trainer could be hazardous to your safety.
Is the staff trained in first aid and CPR? What are their policies if there is an injury at the gym? How close are they to medical facilities? If you’re going to place your health in their hands, it’s important to ask for proof that they are trained and their training is up-to-date.
How clean is the gym? Does the carpet look worn and ragged? Are the locker rooms clean? Are wipes or sprays available at the machines so users can wipe the handles after use? See if the gym has a guest pass, which will allow you to check out the equipment. Expect the equipment to be cleaned. Note when this occurs and whether it’s done by gym members or staff. Ask a staff member what the protocol and procedure for this is.
Be prepared for members who are very active to give unasked-for advice. If someone isn’t a professional trainer, you don’t have to take their advice. Be patient and listen to what they offer, but don’t feel obligated to do as they suggest.
Is the gym open at times to fit your schedule? If the gym is only open from 8 AM to 5 PM and you work those hours, it doesn’t make sense to buy a membership there. Many gyms are now open 24 hours a day. Find out the gym’s hours, so you know you’ll be able to get in when you want.
Should you get a membership at a local gym or a chain gym? If you don’t travel often, a local gym may be the best choice. However, if you do travel quite often, you may be able to get a nationwide membership, allowing you to work out wherever you may be. As you can see, there is much to consider before purchasing a gym membership.