Health clubs seem to be springing up all over, and we should be commended that so many people are getting into the fitness craze (although we are always trying to get more to join). There are many obvious benefits to joining a fitness center, and they are well worth the cost, as long as they are used on a regular basis. So if you are looking to sign up for one, or are not sure you are happy with the health club you now belong to, here are a few guidelines to consider before taking out that membership.
1. Location. Probably the first thing you should consider when joining a health center. If it isn’t handy it will add time to your session, and if you’re pinched for time it will be a day you don’t go. Someplace you can get too quickly and easily should top your list.
2. Comfort level with the facility. Have an idea of what you want before you even walk in the door. What kind of training do you intend to do? Make sure the club fits your needs, and not just accepting what the club has and building your workout schedule around that. Do a thorough inspection of the place at the time you will be working out. Is it clean and well-run? Do you feel you would be comfortable there, as you will be spending a lot of time at the location? Is there enough equipment at the times you will be there, or are people waiting?
3. All of the costs involved. There will probably be a monthly membership fee, and perhaps a fee to join. Understand what those fees cover, and if there are any hidden costs. Also, get an idea of how often they have raised their rates, and how long your rates will be locked in.
4. Personnel. If you plan on using a trainer for their fitness programs, be sure their instructors are certified professionals who can work with you. There are a range of things to look for in a trainer, and one that is perfect for one person may not be the right one for you. But whoever you work with, there are certain requirements that any trainer should meet. Also, it is always a nicer environment if the staff is courteous and helpful.
5. Programs. Are you looking for a club that specializes in a specific area, such as a building muscle program? If so, are they equipped to handle your needs? If you are looking to get into classes, choose the facility that offers classes you are interested in, and monitor the class to check it out.
Because there is normally a sign-up to join, you want to make certain going in if it fits your needs, and obviously to do that you have to know beforehand what those needs are. Asking other members for their input is not out of line, and could provide some insight. Don’t be pressured to make a quick decision, and once you have, enjoy your home away from home and enjoy the experience.