You’ve finally made the decision to sweat it out at a gym or fitness centre for an active, healthier lifestyle. These are the five important things to consider when choosing a fitness centre:
- Make your own ‘must-haves’ list
As a guideline, create your own list that you’d like a fitness centre to have. This will make it easier for you to cross out the ones that don’t cater to your personal needs. Your list of ‘must-haves’ could be a particular training, a spacious workout area, personal training options, or a variety of equipment.
- Check their websites or social media If you haven’t been to the fitness centres of your choice, check out their websites or social media to find out the facilities and other promotions. You can also read their customers’ testimonials, which may contribute to your final decision when choosing the right centre.
- Take advantage of introductory classes/promotions Most fitness centres normally provide complimentary introductory classes and other similar promotions (i.e. free use of gym equipment/studio for one hour), so be sure to take advantage of that before you make a decision and visit a fitness centre near you.
- Choose a convenient location To avoid inconveniences (like traffic jams or lengthy commute) and excuses, it’s best to choose a fitness centre based on your lifestyle and location. If you plan to work out everyday during lunch hour or after work, perhaps you can choose a centre near your office. If you plan to work out on the weekends or weekday mornings, choose a centre near your home.
- Check out the centre’s membership contract Before you seal the deal, read through the contract right to the last detail. Bring up any important things such as discounted memberships during off-peak hours, additional items (i.e. towels, robes), discounted group class/therapy, and additional charges that may have come with certain classes.
Before you make that long-term commitment, ask yourself if you really need a fitness centre to achieve your lifestyle goal? A membership could be costly, so sign up for it only if you’re ready to commit. Watch out for sneaky payments and extra costs that some centres love to charge. When visiting a fitness centre, you also need to consider how clean and well maintained the centre is. A dirty gym or fitness centre that reeks of sweat is a huge turn off, and can ruin your mood.