Before dropping down your cold hard cash on a gym membership, ask these 5 Questions:
Proximity is key for most people when it comes to consistently getting to the gym.
The interesting thing about joining a gym, is, that if you don’t use it, it won’t work. You WON’T see the results you want, you WON’T have the body you want and you WON’T get the energy and vitality you want.
So find a gym that you can fit in your routine and is preferably no more than 20 minutes away from your home or work.
Don’t be surprised if some gyms “forget” to tell you about a yearly maintenance fee or other charges and fees that you weren’t aware of!
Get clear on what you’re getting yourself into before joining, some contracts are very difficult to get out of. It’s very common in corporate gyms to have a maintenance fee anywhere from $40-$150 during any random point of the year, so unless you enjoy having unexpected charges in your bank account, be sure to ask!
This may or may not be obvious on your first trip to the gym, so find out how often, if at all that the gym is maintained and cleaned (Should be a minimum should be 3- 4 times per day).
Make sure towels are available to wipe off the equipment after each use. Also, be sure to look around to see if there are antibacterial soap dispensers posted around the gym. Look at the toilets, sinks, and showers themselves to see that they’re properly maintained. This may seem a bit excessive, but the reality is if the gym is not kept clean OFTEN, the chances of you contracting some sort of sickness are high!
Some of the big box gyms won’t tell you this upfront, but the simple fact of the matter is that they can get overcrowded very easily, and often do, especially during prime time hours, i.e. before 8am and after 5pm.
Even the group fitness classes can get SO big that seeing or even hearing your instructor can be difficult, making it almost impossible for you to get the most out of your time and putting yourself at risk to get injured.
Find out if there is a sign-up sheet or a time limit on cardio equipment.
Make sure that there is a wide variety of machines, but don’t be intimidated by new ones. Notice whether or not instructions and pictures are posted on the machines or if staff is available to help you. Be cautious of out-of-order machines, this is a good indication of a poorly maintained gym.
What do you wish you had asked before you joined your current or former gym?