How often did you buy a gym membership, but after a month, you forgot the way to it? We have prepared a checklist: how to choose a fitness club that will become a second home.
Choose a gym near your home or work. The road to it should take no more than 10-15 minutes of walking.
Let’s be honest, only people with steel will and motivation can travel to the other end of the city for an hour’s training. And if there is snow or rain outside the window, then even more so. The location should be such that you can easily get to the hall without a car in any weather conditions.
The fewer obstacles on the way, the greater the chances of regular visits to the gym.
2. Opening hours/schedule of group lessons
Planning to train in the morning in front of the office or late at night after? Make sure the hall is open at this time. The same goes for the work of fitness instructors. Let’s say you want to work out at 7 am with a coach. Is there a suitable specialist in the club? Will he be able to attend on days convenient for you? All this should be clarified in advance.
If you plan to attend group classes, then their schedule should coincide with your free time. Your workouts must fit seamlessly into your daily routine.
Any attempt to reshape your daily routine for the sake of sport usually fails. Discomfort inevitably arises, layering plans and all this, as a result, affects attendance and motivation.
Additional questions to ask regarding group activities:
- What classes are available and when?
- Who is teaching the classes and how often do the trainers change?
- Do I need to pay extra for them?
- Is it necessary to reserve a seat in advance?
- Are there classes for beginners?
- What are the most people training hours?
As per the answers, make sure that the club’s offer suits your interests and needs.
Many put the price first when choosing a fitness club, but according to the data World Health and Fitness Association IHRSA, 50% of all new gym-goers leave within 6 months. It does not matter whether an elite fitness club or a budget one was chosen. Motivation and fuse, which are based on the desire to “recapture” the money paid, do not last long. You need to focus on something else: how to make sports become a habit?
If a fitness club costs 1000 UAH cheaper but is half an hour away, how often will you go to it? When buying a gym membership, see it as an investment in yourself and your quality of life.
Another fact is that only 18% of gym-goers use their membership regularly and go to workouts regularly. Think about it, promising again to lose weight by summer…
4. Fitness equipment
Decide what you want to do and what type of exercise you prefer to do. If you’re a cardio fan, make sure there are enough exercise bikes or treadmills in the gym, so you don’t have to queue. Please pay attention to which models are used: whether they have the ability to set the slope, whether the pulse is read, etc.
In a gym with strength machines, please pay attention to what type and condition they are in. For example, for women over 50, block equipment can be difficult.
That is why women’s fitness club chain FitCurves used simulators based on hydraulic resistance in the halls. The principle of their work differs in that the resistance force does not depend on the set weight, as in the block ones, but on how much effort is applied and at what speed the exercise is performed. The faster the movement and the greater the amplitude, the harder it is. This intuitively simple method allows you to practice safely and is suitable for absolutely everyone.
The gym is a magnet for bacteria, viruses, and infections. This is a closed space with a high density of people, in which people actively sweat and come into contact with the same equipment. That is why it is essential to make sure that the room is well ventilated, the room is regularly washed, and the inventory is processed.
Also, be sure to check out the changing rooms, showers, and toilets. They must be clean, spacious, and free from water and dirt.
Before buying a membership in the club, attend a trial lesson and pay attention to your self-feeling, as well as the people who are in the hall, their total number, and the ratio of men and women. When exercising, you should feel relaxed and not blush or be fearful. If you are embarrassed to go to the gym, read our article for tips on overcoming your inner fears and insecurities.
You may find it easier to adapt in group lessons for beginners, where everyone is on equal footing. Or use the service of the women’s fitness club. On the FitCurves network, circuit training is held exclusively among women in the presence of an experienced trainer. The support of like-minded people and the sensitive guidance of the club staff will help you feel confident and calm.
Car owners should also pay attention to parking in front of the club during peak hours. Ask about additional amenities: massage, sauna or steam bath, nutritional advice, etc., if they are important to you.
7. Support and staff
The fitness club must have staff with appropriate education and training. Make sure the trainers are certified if you plan to use their service. Are they able to meet your needs and consider the peculiarities of the state of health, lifestyle? Will they be able to modify the hardware or program if necessary?
At FitCurves, you can count on support both in and out of the classroom as membership in the club includes the individual approach, accompaniment, fitness diagnostics, and recommendations for proper nutrition.
Summing up the results. What to look for when choosing a fitness club?
- The most important thing is the proximity of the hall to home or work.
- The opening hours of the club should correspond to your rhythm of life.
- The motivation “once I paid for the subscription, then I will definitely walk” does not work for a long time. Choose an option that is affordable and for the period that you exactly use.
- The more, the more varied and the newer the equipment, the better.
- Check the cleanliness of the training room, changing rooms, showers and toilets. You shouldn’t have a squeamish desire to treat everything with alcohol before touching.
- Pay attention to how physically and psychologically comfortable it is to be in the fitness center.
- Check the qualifications of the coaching staff if you plan to use their services.
For women who want to balance their lifestyle and find a place for sports in it, we recommend paying attention to circuit training in the FitCurves fitness club network. They take 30 minutes and work for the major muscle groups. You can join the lesson at any convenient time.
Both young girls, starting from 12 years old, and adult women can go to the gym. The special equipment is safe for visitors of all ages and fitness levels. There is an option for classes both online and offline.
How to choose a fitness club for girls? Sign up for a trial lesson and see for yourself all the benefits before you buy a 3 or 6-month pass.