As February continues, your New Year's resolution motivation of going to the gym more often may be starting to wear off so finding a gym or workout routine that works for you and that you enjoy will help keep that motivation to continue going. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you find a gym or fitness program for you and your budget.
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Do Your Research – With many different gym or fitness program options, doing your research and looking at reviews is so important! Narrow your search by making a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves to see what's important to you. Use existing members or friends as a resource and ask them what they like and dislike about it.
Try Before You Buy – Almost all gyms and fitness studios offer trial periods allowing you time to assess the machines, amenities, cleanliness, etc. Fitness studios such a spin, yoga, or barre usually offer a discount or free pass to test out their different classes. Take advantage of these trial periods to find the gym or fitness studio perfect for you.
Be Aware of Contracts & Fees – Be aware of extra fees and contract details before signing up. Can you pay monthly or do you need to commit to a year as a member? Are there any penalties to break your contract? Any hidden annual maintenance fees? Getting all the information up front will help you choose a gym that fits your lifestyle and your budget.
Value vs. Quantity – Track how often you're going to the gym or fitness studio to determine if a punch pass or monthly pass is best for you. Punch passes are great if you're not going often, but if you're going frequently ensure you're not paying more for punch passes than if you were to buy an unlimited monthly pass. Also, as a bonus, an unlimited pass may come with perks such as discounts on fees and merchandise, specialized classes, waiver of late cancel fees, extra perks such as towel or refreshment services and more! Find out what you get for each level of membership, so you can decide what's a must have or nice to have.
Location, Location, Location - It's no secret that the more convenient something is the more likely you will be inclined to attend. When picking a gym, it's best to consider location convenient of when you're most likely to work out. If you plan on working out over your lunch break at work or school, select a gym that's close to there. If evenings and weekends are your preference, you should select a gym that's close to home. On days when you’re crunched for time, having a gym close by will make things easier on your schedule.
One Size Doesn't Fit All – Just because your friends enjoy a particular workout, doesn't necessarily mean that you'll love it. You need to find the right workout for you, so you can enjoy being there and see the value in spending the money on your fitness.
Detail Orientated - When you walk into a potential gym, pay attention to all the details. Is the lighting too bright? Too dim? Music too loud? Classes too crowded? Overall cleanliness? Are machines broken down? Things that may not seem important during your initial tour can become major annoyances in the future.
In the end, the most important thing to consider is if you're at a place you enjoy going to and one that fits your budget. Fitness shouldn't cause extra stress, instead, it should help relieve stress so taking your budget and lifestyle into consideration is key to finding the right place for you.
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