As you head into the New Year, you may be planning to set new fitness goals and change your workout routine. Stadiums tend to invest in this by opening new studios or sharing very sweet discounts with potential members. Before entering the dotted line and entering a new gym or buying a classroom class,
a few tips:
Make sure this is what you really enjoy.
It seems obvious, but class packages or gym memberships usually look more appealing when “selling.” “Remember that deeply discounted shirts convinced you to wear them but never did? The same can happen with gym memberships. If you have to convince yourself in any way that you may be worthy or Useful, it may end up like a shirt – on the back of the wardrobe, intact and with the labels intact – instead, look for something else that will instantly make you feel excited.
Try before you buy.
If you haven’t tried the stadium or studio you’ve been looking for, use free or discounted pre-registration. Many studios offer a free first-class class or a two-week pass at a very discounted rate. During this trial, see how many times you will actually use it, and then determine if it is worth the money.
Look for any red flags.
For me, these are things like cleanliness, staff (certificates and behaviors), safety and diversity of equipment and members. Check out what kind of passion they have. The best gymnasiums have different members – not just all the big guys who whine and throw barbs on the floor – and a mix of classes. Things I’m personally looking for: wipes with all the equipment (especially cardiac devices), front desk friendly, certified trainers and trainers (you can always ask!) And program-related classes . In terms of precision equipment, I’m not looking for a lot of variety because you can do a great workout with a pair of dumbbells, but I’m sure everything looks safe (no machine clearly on their last foot) and Not clean. If you have fun sports equipment and new heart equipment, that’s a bonus.
Read the contract thoroughly.
Check for hidden costs and look at their cancellation policy. Can you postpone your membership if needed? What happens if you quit early? Don’t be afraid to negotiate for a lower monthly payment or registration fee.
Make sure it’s easy for you to get to the gym.
Do they have parking available? Instead of stressful additions, like a gym 40+ minutes away with dedicated parking, make sure it is added to your life without hassle. If there are classes you want to take, make sure the timing works with your schedule and you can log in. (For example, many early morning classes are listed very quickly, so getting a challenge can be challenging. Point.)
If this is your first time joining a gym, I just want to send you a great virtual card!