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How to Find the Perfect Gym

Whether you're just starting out or are an experienced exerciser, the place where you work out can make all the difference in the world. Get-Fit Guy describes 6 types of fitness facilities and has 4 tips to help you find the perfect one for you.

By
Ben Greenfield,
October 8, 2013
Episode #156

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4 Tips to Find the Perfect Gym for You

Tip #1: Geographical Location

One of my primary reasons for joining the YMCA was the fact that I can ride my bicycle there in 10 minutes. Convenience is key, and if you can find a motivating gym setting that is near your home or near your office, you’ll be far more likely to stick to your workout routine. Even though you may be able to find a slightly nicer gym somewhere else, it really doesn’t matter if you join the gym but never show up because it’s so inconvenient to get to!

Tip #2: Demographics

When you do a trial membership at a gym or spend the first few weeks exercising in a new facility, you’ll quickly discover whether or not the other members are people you get along  with. For example, my local YMCA is full of moms, dads, highschoolers, and other family types. My wife and I are quite comfortable around this crowd. In contrast, my previous gym was mostly 40-year-old male bodybuilders and weightlifters. I wasn’t that uncomfortable lifting weights around these guys, but my wife didn’t enjoy the atmosphere quite as much. So make sure you’re comfortable with the people you’ll be exercising around!

Tip #3: Equipment

If you’re familiar with and trained in the proper use of free weights, then a gym that primarily has things like barbells and dumbbells may be just fine for you. But if you’re just starting out, and don’t have access to exercise machines – which help guide you through beginner movements – you may fight an uphill battle when it comes to getting fit! When you visit a gym, take a look around to make sure it has equipment that you know how to use, which is appropriate for your goals.

Tip #4: Staff

From the front desk staff to the personal trainers, you’ll want to make sure that you get along well with the employees and personnel at you gym. After all, you’ll be seeing them several times each week, and you may find it de-motivating if you simply don’t like the staff! Just like the demographic of the gym attendees, you’ll want to ensure that you feel comfortable around the staff too.

If you’ve identified the type of gym where you want to exercise, and used these 4 quick and dirty tips to find a gym that works well for your needs, you’ll be far happier during your workouts, more motivated to train, and less likely to feel like the odd-man-out at your gym setting. Once you find the perfect gym for you, you should also be sure to review my 10 Rules for Proper Gym Etiquette and my Tips for Finding a Personal Trainer.

If you have more questions about how to find the perfect gym, then join the conversation at Facebook.com/GetFitGuy!

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