Picking a gym to join......

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    Apr 06, 2010 4:12 AM GMT
    With all the various gyms to join.....what should I be paying attention to in selecting the right gym to join???? I'm sure that some of the decision should be based on location and affordability but what should I be looking at, besides the men inside icon_biggrin.gif, other than that?
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    Apr 06, 2010 5:31 AM GMT
    Personally, the only things I require..

    - Good selection of free weights and misc benches.
    - Good selection of modern machines, particularly Hammer Strength.
    - Overall cleanliness of the facilities.
    - Good lighting. I hate dark gyms. Too depressing.
    - Multiple locations.
    - Flexible hours.
    - Cheap membership.

    I've been a member at 24 Hour Fitness for almost 10 years now. Pretty happy with it. I move around a lot and having multiple locations to choose from is very convenient. Some locations are better than others. But that's a given for most commercial gyms. Also, being open 24 hours is great if you have a weird work schedule. Or if your gym tends to be crowded, you have the option of going in later at night.

    Plus, membership is cheap. If you have a Costco membership, you can buy a 2-year prepaid membership at 24 Hour Fitness for $300. No contracts or hidden fees. When the 2 years is up, you just go back to Costco and buy another prepaid membership.

    I signed up for their other prepaid membership. You pay a large lump sum upfront for a 3-year membership, and then pay a low annual renewal fee after. In my case, I paid around $700 back in 2002. And my annual renewal fee is $20 per year.
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    Apr 06, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    Picking a gym is like picking an activity: You should pick the one you're actually going to use.

    If you're just starting out in terms of going to a gym at all, then going on a "vibe" is just as good as any other rationale for picking a gym. See if the gyms on your short list offer trial memberships, or if you can buy a short-term membership to try them on for a bit. Go during the time you would normally go. See how the gym fits into your life. See if the gym is rendered virtually unusable during _your_ usage times (which may or may not coincide with _their_ peak usage times).

    If you're a little more experienced and know specifically what you want and don't want, then you probably have your own answer to your own question icon_smile.gif

    The last criteria I would suggest, given the background in your profile, would be if there's a trainer in one of the gyms (if you are planning or thinking of using one) who works exclusively in that gym that has more specialized knowledge to get you to where you want to be, given your background. Linking in with more a more "tailored" knowledge source would definitely be a tipping criteria.
  • neon4u

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    Apr 06, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    Well location is very important as you know as is affordability.

    I always ask for a week's pass or even a two week pass. That way you can judge how busy the place is at peek times; what the routines are.

    I've found that the initial reaction to a gym pegs it pretty well. For example, if you walk into the gym and it is a mess... it will always be that way. Don't listen to the staff trying to sell the gym because their line is a lie. If it's full of hot guys then that's the way it will be.

    Also see if the gym has available what you'd like a gym to have. Find out if they have a pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, racketball etc.... The better clubs will have a series of classes that you can take, ranging from spin, yoga, pilates, etc.
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    Apr 06, 2010 6:13 PM GMT
    You're local.

    You're welcome to use my gym*. icon_biggrin.gif


    *Hot personal trainer/model not included. icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 06, 2010 6:22 PM GMT
    Check them out during busy times, that' could turn you away.

    Noise turns me off. One gym here had music blasting throughout the place. The place I go to has no music, you bring your own with headphones or to watch the tv's you tune in with your MP3