When it comes down to picking a gym there is a lot of factors to entertain. A gym is a place where you are going to work out amongst strangers – it is not for everybody but if this is a route you wish to go down there is things in which you should think about.
Take a tour
First thing first, many clubs and gyms have a large variety of amenities, but you may not have access, or even require, most of them. A good place to begin is taking a tour, as once you’re in the club, and get a complete tour, you can then ask yourself two main questions 1 - Will I use this area? and 2 - Will I be charged extra for this area?
Location, location, location
There is no need to be silly and don’t kid yourself into believing that you’ll drive halfway across town to go work out. If a gym is closer to where you live (or work), you’ll be more inclined to visit.
Test and Try Before You Buy
You wouldn’t buy a car without driving it, right? The same goes for a gym. Ask for a few one-day passes to try it out. If they do not allow this, that should give you a sense that they may be hiding something they don’t want you to see before you sign on the dotted line.
Pay attention to how other members are handled
You may be getting treated like a star while you’re testing the gym out to try and get you to sign up. So it’s how the staff treats you once you’re a member that counts. So pay attention to other members when on a tour or trial day and notice what type of attention they receive when they have questions, such as having difficulties with a machine, or, asking questions about a class, etc.
Get second Opinions
Ask your friends, family members, co-workers, anybody who you know is a current member — what the best gym is in your city or close neighbourhood. Tell them what you’re ideally looking for and see if what you find points to the desired gym of your choice.
What’s the Price?
When it comes down to it, if the price isn’t right, don’t do it. If the gym offers really nice machines, have very experienced teachers, with a wide variety of classes, then a higher monthly fee is something to take into consideration, but having a gym membership should not make you out of pocket because of it.
Before you sign up for any membership plan for a gym, check to see if you are locked into a crazy plan that you’ll never be able to get out of in case a medical emergency pops up, or you need to move. Ask what their refund policy is and if they have a reciprocity agreement with other clubs, do they have freeze options whilst you are away or can you use other gyms from the same owner around the country. There is a lot to discuss about flexibility if money and your time is involved.