For the past 9 years I have worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, a bootcamp leader, group fitness instructor, receptionist, club manager, area manager and personal trainer manager. Really when it comes to the fitness industry, you name it and I have done it. So I feel it is time to give advice on the things I have learnt in the industry and the key things to look for when searching for the right gym and personal trainer to help you reach your goals.
You should feel like the gym is another home away from home. To me the gym is a place I can go when I feel happy, excited, sad, angry, stressed, motivated and driven, or simply just to clear my head or take time out from my day to day life.
Finding the right gym
So often I see people shopping around for prices and basing their whole judgement on which gym to choose purely on this. The gym down the road is $1 cheaper so I may as well go there, right?! It doesn’t matter if it’s smaller, the people aren’t as friendly or it’s dirty, it’s $1 cheaper.
Well I am here to stress that yes price is important but it should not be your main focus when choosing a fitness club, because chances are if there is something else that annoys you about the club you will become demotivated to go there if price is the only factor you have based your decision on.
Remember you have a long term goal, and many short term goals in place to make sure you reach the BIG one. This isn’t just a fad you are going to go through, this is a lifestyle so make sure your decision suits you.
Key qualities to look for:
- All gyms should offer a trial period (most around 7 days). My advice is to use this trial period to go into the gym and get a feel for if you really like it or not.
- Make sure you like the staff. Are they friendly and helpful or did they ignore you and not want to show you the equipment? If it is the second answer stay clear because they do not have your goals and best intention at heart.
- Do they have what you need? Work out what your needs are. Do you need a pool, classes, 24 hour facility, and crèche? If they have what you are looking for thumbs up J
- Is the gym clean? Bathrooms, equipment, etc. Although you think this may not matter it will if you are showering there 3-5 times a week.
- Lastly price. If you are paying $25 a week for a facility that has everything but are only using the cardio or weights I would probably recommend finding somewhere cheaper. If you are bartering a dollar or two, weigh up the above and base the decision on that.
Although you may think some of the things above don’t concern you, in my experience they will eventually. Remember this is a part of your routine and life so there is no point signing an expensive agreement for 3 months. Go long term, aim for your goals and save some money by committing.