Going to the gym is a great way to get fit. With so many other active people around you, it's easy to stay inspired and motivated. And there are so many resources at your disposal, from treadmills to free weights. However, not all gyms are the same. If you want to join a gym, it is a good idea to visit a few gyms and ask their employees questions. Walk around, talk to a few trainers or patrons, and see what you think. Here are a few questions to ask:
Do you offer different levels of membership, and what does each level include?
Most gyms offer a few different levels of membership. The lowest level may include access to the gym floor and locker rooms. A higher-priced package may include access to the pool and fitness classes. The top package may give you access to tanning beds, the sauna, and other high-end services. Make sure you ask what is included in each level of membership. You don't want to choose a gym because it offers a $20 a month membership and has a sauna, only to find that to use the sauna, you really needed to sign up for the $50 a month package.
How often do schedules change?
You want to make sure you join a gym with hours to accommodate your schedule. For instance, if you get out of work at 10 pm and like to work out afterward, you will need a gym that is open until 11 pm or midnight. Check the current schedule, but also ask how often the gym changes its schedule. Some gyms have seasonal hours, and you want to be sure their hours will still fit your schedule if those hours change.
How are personal trainers arranged for?
If you plan on working with a personal trainer, then you definitely need to ask this question. Some gyms employ personal trainers, and you can sign up for their services through the gym. Other gyms — usually smaller ones — allow you to bring in an outside, independent personal trainer to work with you. Either approach is fine, but you want to know what you're getting into.
If you ask these three big questions when choosing a gym, you will get a better idea of whether or not that gym is the right place for you. To learn more, visit some gyms near you and ask these questions.