If you’ve ever felt intimidated by gyms, you may want to take another look. You might be surprised about what your local gym has to offer. Most big gyms today are far more inclusive and seek to provide a welcoming atmosphere for everyone. No matter your fitness level, you’re likely to find something that matches your comfort level and interests. Follow these tips from Active&Fit DirectTM program on how to choose the gym that’s right for you, considering these offerings:
- Exercise machines: Whether you’re looking for weight or cardio training, there’s usually a wide variety of safe, high-quality equipment. If there are any specific machines that have been effective for you, contact your gym to ensure that they are available at your local facility.
- Group classes: Some facilities offer group classes for yoga, Pilates, cycling, HIIT (high intensity interval training), dance or boot camps. Group classes are a great way to hold yourself accountable and maybe meet some new friends!
- Personal training: For an extra fee, you can hire a certified personal trainer for one-on-one training. Some clubs may even offer one or two free sessions to help you learn the ins and outs of the facility. If you are new to working out at a gym, a personal training session might be a good way to learn how to use the equipment properly. You can also benefit from someone designing a workout routine to meet your goals, especially if you are visiting a gym for the first time.
- Amenities: Some high-end facilities have swimming pools, basketball courts, racquetball, pickleball, saunas, steam rooms and even childcare. If working out on a machine doesn’t motivate you, find a facility that offers other amenities that may be better suited for your needs.
- Flexible hours: Many of the bigger chains are open 24 hours a day to accommodate all kinds of schedules. Make sure that you pick a gym that fits your lifestyle. A healthier you is a big commitment and you don’t want to miss workouts because of scheduling conflicts.
Perhaps you have a more specific fitness goal or interest in mind. If so, consider looking into a boutique gym. Here’s what to consider before choosing a smaller studio:
- Focus: Many boutique gyms focus on a particular kind of training, such as yoga, Pilates, barre, boxing or cycling.
- Setting: Most boutique facilities have fewer members and provide a more intimate setting. That might feel less intimidating than joining a bigger gym.
- Cost: Boutique gyms can be pricey. But if a more personalized setting is what gets you motivated, it might be worth considering the benefits of that.
So, whether you’re new to working out or just want to switch things up a bit, the key is to find a gym that fits your needs and can help you stick with your exercise routine. Just remember to check with your doctor before starting any exercise programs.
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