Choosing a fitness center that has everything you need can be tough! Especially with all of the marketing they all have these days, it is easy to get suckered into a place that offers all the bells and whistles, only to find out a few months later that you don’t need half of what they offer, and you are now locked in for another year and a half! Here are some basic things you should consider before finding a fitness center that’s right for you.
First, don’t pay for what you don’t need. The gym down the street offers free classes and free use of any trainers – that sounds great, right? Well, stop and think first, do you really think you are going to use those things all the time? If classes are your thing, and you wouldn’t mind changing up your fitness routine every few months, then by all means this sounds great for you! But, if you enjoy working out alone, and only see yourself using a trainer one time, then don’t go for this option. You can hire a trainer once to show you a general workout routine and still save a ton of money not paying for the use of a trainer in the months you wouldn’t use one. Same for the classes, if you don’t use them often, use a pay as you go method.
You should look at the costs associated with any fitness center you choose. Are you paying a bunch of overhead for juice bars, tanning beds, and saunas you will never use? They may sound good now, but seriously ask yourself if you will still think the same after a few months. Do you intend to use the fitness center as sort of a second home, or are you just in to get your workout done? Don’t pay a bunch of money if you don’t intend to spend any great amount of time there. If you find that you would love to utilize the extras, then by all means, but some people only have time for a workout and that’s it. Don’t pay for something you won’t use.
You should also consider how far away the gym is from your home. Let’s face it, if it isn’t close, or at least on your route home from work, do you really think you will go? First of all, who wants to work out after working 8-10 hours a day, good for you for even trying to incorporate that! Don’t make it worse by finding a gym that is 13 miles in the other direction, finding that you have to get back in your car and drive through traffic to get to your gym. You will probably never go if you set it up this way. The best thing would be to find a fitness center within walking distance, which is great because you can get your warm up and cool down done on the walk there and home!
These are just some of the things you should consider, you should also take time to visit the fitness centers in Irvine or in your home town, to make sure they have the equipment you would need. Don’t set yourself up to fail when finding a fitness center. If you make an educated choice, then you will find you can incorporate exercise into your lifestyle very easily.