If you’ve decided to make staying in shape a priority, a gym membership is one way to accomplish that goal.
However, not all gym memberships are created equal, and you have to find a gym that suits your needs and works within your budget.
Consider things like locations, if it has the equipment and amenities you need and if there are enough trainers and equipment so you have support and don’t have huge wait times. Also, when you take a tour of the club take note of the equipment. Is there a lot of equipment? is it in good shape? Are there any pieces out of order?
Once you’ve found a gym that meets your criteria equipment, you have to negotiate your membership. Salespeople want you there for the long-term so they try and make you sign year-long contracts that you have to pay to be released from.
Make sure you go armed with the right questions. If they insist on something you feel is unreasonable, find another gym. To avoid getting locked into a contract or a membership you don’t want, here are some questions to consider:
What does a basic membership include?
- Like any contract, you must read it thoroughly, and especially the fine print. For example, if you are going to this particular gym because it has a pool or certain classes, make sure there are no extra fees for these things.
What kinds of fees are built into the contract?
- Fees are on top of the cost of the membership, for example, a gym card, using certain locations. Knowing these things upfront will help you avoid spending more than you budgeted for. Also, ask if you can pay on a monthly basis. This way, you can leave without paying a hefty cancellation fee.
How many trainers do you have and how accessible are they?
- Trainers should be able to assess you properly so you can focus and vary your workouts depending on your goals. Ongoing support is important to have for any fitness regime.
Also, make sure to ask what certifications they hold. Personal trainers should be certified because they’ll be just as concerned about your safety as they would your success.