Finding The Right Gym/Trainer For Yourself.

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    Jul 03, 2007 9:41 PM GMT
    I live in NYC and don't have any frinds that belong to gyms. I've heard various bad and good things about most gyms. Mostly the high costs. Also I've never been to one and am kinda self-conscious right now.
    If you belong to a gym what would be the top 3 things for me to look for?
    Thx in advance!
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    Jul 03, 2007 11:14 PM GMT
    I looked for:

    1. A wide range of equipment: free weights, machines, cardio
    2. Free programming (yoga, kickboxing, step, pilates classes)
    3. An atmosphere I felt at home in

    Good luck in finding one--it took some time for me to settle into one place, but it's like a fourth home (the second being my office and the third being the martini bar down the street)!
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    Jul 05, 2007 6:55 AM GMT
    I've worked out in several gyms and had several personal trainers throughout the years... So, here are a few tips from my experience (in no particular order):

    Gyms:

    1) You said you don't have any "gym bunny" friends... What about co-workers? I ask only because gym members tend to give the most honest appraisals of their gym. Beyond that, just start researching (the internet is a good place to start) and look for free workout passes on gyms you're interested in. Even if you don't see a free pass advertised, if you walk in they'll usually let you workout for free at least once (so go prepared to workout).

    On your first visit, a guided tour should be a given, but you should also take your own time to check out everything. And just be aware that you'll usually get a sales pitch the first time you're in a gym. But only make that decision when you're ready.

    2) Understand that when it comes to gyms and memberships (money) you should always negotiate! Never settle for a first offer and be willing to say no and walk out if you don't get a deal you want or feel comfortable with! Also, because many gyms pay their sales staff on a commission basis, go in towards the end of the month when they're looking to meet their sales goals. They tend to be more flexible with their deals during that time. Even payment arrangements and methods are often negotiable. And don’t forget to ask if they’re offering any “specials”.

    3) Look for a good range of equipment (free weights, machines, cardio equipment, exercise balls, etc). This should be a given, but it's especially important if you plan on hiring a trainer... A good trainer should know how to utilize many different types of equipment to give you a "workout program" that incorporates a lot of change and variety to keep your progress going. This also helps you learn more!

    Trainers:

    1) This one is a bit tougher. Simply put... you have to ask a lot of questions about the training staff!!! For example, if you're interested in doing a competition... have any of the training staff actually been in a competition (can they relate, do they know the specific steps you’ll have to take to prepare)? What type of certifications and degrees to the trainers have?

    2) Know your goals... do you want to loose weight? Do you want to build lean mass? Do you want to do both? Until you have set a goal for yourself, the training staff can only give you a "general direction". But if you have a plan in mind, they can definitely help you define it realistically and set you up to achieve it. This also helps them put you with the right trainer from the start.

    3) A good trainer will offer you solid advice and also encourage you to do your best. They do add to the cost, but a trainer that gets you results is worth the money. Even if you work out with a trainer for the short term, another benefit is that he or she can help “orient” you to the gyms equipment and teach you proper use and form. This may sound kind of crazy, but given the variety of equipment from one gym to another, it’s always nice to get a “demo” of how it’s used.

    I hope that helps… that was more than three things… it was 3 plus 3. Haha
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    Jul 05, 2007 10:31 AM GMT
    1) depends on what you are looking to do. Bulking up? then forget about toning with tango classes and all that BS that you wont be using anyway, look for one that tends to be less crowded so you can get your workout done and not wait in line to use any machines or benches. Go check it out around the time you would be going in. But if your looking to just be active, the classes might be good.

    2) price, go with the cheapest of the least crowded if you are looking to bulk up. Be careful with the hustler sign up people. They come on pretty strong. Know what you are looking for coming into the gym and don't let them talk you into weird deals. If you can try and negotiate a few extra sessions with a trainer when you are signing up you might get a better deal than coming in later and asking for some sessions.

    3) Make sure the environment, facilities, and people are comfortable for you. If you want to go to the gym to see and be seen, more power to you, but if neon green tank tops with matching track pants make you laugh, then find another gym. Laughing and lifting generally don't mix.

    before signing up, get a copy of the contract you signed so they don't pull any weird shit and charge you more than you signed up for.
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    Jul 05, 2007 11:38 AM GMT
    1) Convenience. A so-so gym you'll USE is better than an amazing gym that you won't use.

    2) Cleanliness. Gyms are, at best, a breeding ground for germs & viruses. Staph, in particular, is a problem. I don't mean you should expect to be able to eat off the floor - but watch out for places that are not kept reasonably clean.

    3) Availability of Trainers. Some gyms view training as a profit center, and only allow you to train with staff trainers - who may or may not be well-qualified. Having independent trainers available is not a guarantee of quality, but I think it increases your chances.

    Joey
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    Jul 06, 2007 11:33 PM GMT
    Good tips guys! Wish me luck I'm talking to a trainer on Sunday!
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    Jul 19, 2007 3:40 AM GMT
    OK I think the interview w/the trainer wen very well.We had a great chat about food, or what I eat, how I exercise and all manner of like topics.
    He thot I was overtraining for my build. I was working out almost 6 ays a week. We have our first session Fri, and I've already given hm my food diary and thru emails he says he has lotsa stuff for usto discuss. I'm psyched after hitting that wall where I only gained 10 lbs and wasn't getting bigger no matter what I did. Call me Collossal Ecto.
    This is a big leap for me getting a trainer so I hope all works out well!
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    Feb 26, 2011 11:57 AM GMT
    Want to join Anytime Fitness in my neighborhood, close to work, too. I work 7 days a week til about 8pm, usually. Just want to see if anyone has experience with this franchise. icon_question.gif
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    Feb 26, 2011 12:03 PM GMT
    MarriedAdam saidWant to join Anytime Fitness in my neighborhood, close to work, too. I work 7 days a week til about 8pm, usually. Just want to see if anyone has experience with this franchise. icon_question.gif


    I do not have any experience with Anytime Fitness, however, I have family members and friends that do and they really like it. Come and go as you please, obviously anytime, and clean facility.