Joining a gym can be intimidating. Between the cost of a membership, the signup process, and other factors, getting started can be a major challenge. Fret no more, as we have five tips below to help save you time, money, and help you better understand your options. Let’s dive in.
Tip #1: Consider whether you need a gym membership.
With technology and availability of at home workout options, it’s becoming more popular and convenient to skip the gym in favor of at home workouts. More and more people are choosing to work out at home due to factors such as:
- Saves $ – there are plenty of excellent, free options on YouTube and on other online platforms.
- Variety – most gyms only offer a few different options for workouts. By working out at home you can switch from yoga one day to body weight training the next and everything in between.
- Convenience – it’s much easier to workout at home, especially if you only have 20-30 minutes. By working out at home, you can get a stellar workout in the time it would take you to drive to and from the gym.
Okay – so you’ve read the above and are still determined to get a gym membership. Great – these next four tips are for you!
Tip #2: Make a list of gyms in your area.
This is as simple as going on Google and searching for gyms near me.
Choosing gyms near your home or workplace is going to be your best bet, as you are likely to drive by them anyway during your commute.
Stick to gyms that are no more than 10 minutes away from your home or workplace. This helps make it easier for you to visit, when you are on a tight schedule or only have a few minutes to workout.
Now that you have your list it’s time to narrow it down to your top 2-3 choices. This leads into our next tip.
Tip #3: Try before you buy.
This will help you get a feel for the gym and allow you to compare and contrast different options.
Most gyms offer some type of free trial. Whether it’s a free day/week/month – it’s a great way to try before you buy. An alternative option if the gym does not offer a free trial, is to buy a day pass. This should cost anywhere from $5-20 depending on the gym. Oftentimes, if you end up joining the gym, they will let you credit the day pass toward the membership. Be sure to ask about this and save your receipt.
Some things you should look for when trying the gym:
- How clean is the facility?
- How friendly are the staff and other members?
- Can you envision yourself working out here?
Tip #4: Bring a buddy.
Working out, especially at a new facility can be intimidating. There are people around, you don’t know where the equipment is, and you might not be sure what to do or where to start.
Bringing a friend, family member, or coworker can help ease the stress and anxiety, as you have someone to help learn the new space together.
Most gyms also have staff at the facility who can help show you around and get you started on a workout.
Okay – so you’ve tried a few gyms and you found your favorite. Time for the final tip.
Tip #5: How to get a good deal.
Most gyms run some type of special promotion to encourage people to sign up.
When you are going to sign up, be sure to ask what the new member special is. This is oftentimes waiving/discounting enrollment fees, discounting monthly membership dues, or offering a month or two for free.
Don’t be shy here; they want your business and if you don’t ask, the answer is always no.
Whether you chose to stick to at home workouts or join a gym, I hope you found a few nuggets of information to help you on your wellness journey.
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