Choosing a gym can be a difficult decision. It is hard enough to exercise consistently at a gym that you like, but imagine trying to be consistent with a gym that you dislike. Many people sign up with a gym thinking it is a good decision, only to find out later that they could have prevented a bad decision if they had done a little investigating. Before you make a decision to sign a contract for a gym membership, there are 10 things you should investigate.
1. Check out the quality of the gym equipment. Does it look rusty and like it could go to a thrift store at any minute or is it in good workable shape?
2. Do the staff frequently clean the equipment? Gyms are notorious for harboring bacteria from sweat and regular contact with the equipment.
3. Does the gym offer flexible operating hours? If you have to choose between two equal gyms, go with the one that stays open to 11:00 P.M. as opposed to 8:30 P.M.
4. Find out how many members the gym has. If it is a popular gym with a lot of members, you may find that you have to wait in line to use equipment.
5. Does the gym offer a variety of classes? This may or may not be important to you, but if you are the type of person who needs a class to workout with, you want to find out what kind of classes the gym offers and ask to observe a class if you can.
6. Does the gym offer daycare? If you are a parent this bit of information could be a deal breaker if you need assistance with your children.
7. Does the gym offer the assistance of a personal trainer? Most gyms offer some kind of assistance form personal trainers. Find out what kind of programs your local gyms offer.
8. What kind of amenities does the gym have such as hot tub, sauna, steam room, chiropractic care, massage, etc. You may be able to live without these things but if you have a choice between two gyms that are roughly the same price, extra amenities can help you make a decision towards one gym over another. Sometimes paying a little extra a month can be worth the extra perks that a specific gym may offer.
9. Ask about the specifics of the membership contract. How long are you bound to the contract and under what circumstances can you get out of the contract? If you move, how many miles away from the gym do you have to move in order to be released from the contract? The last thing you want is to be bound to a contract with a gym when you live too far away to go consistently.