Joining one of the many fitness centers in your area can have a lot of benefits, but can also be a big expense. Since most centers ask you to sign contracts that can be difficult to cancel, make sure that joining a fitness center is for you and that you are happy with the one you choose, before signing on the dotted line.
Deciding on your Needs
Since you are reading this I guess you would be more interested in weight training than aerobics, swimming and other things. Now those are important but it does not matter to some people whether there is a swimming pool available. You might not be concerned with the number of aerobics classes held each day.
All you want to do is weight train. So choosing a gym that has a wide variety of exercise equipment is idea for you. Now if you are still not sure, you need to look for a location that has a variety of programs and exercise equipment. Maybe once you get started you can decide on your specific needs.
There are many fitness centers out there, too many to review individually. But keep in mind that they are not all alike. If you want to join, make sure to find a club that suits you. Do your homework and comparison shop-it will definitely be to your advantage. Here's what to look for:
* Make sure it's convenient to work and / or home. If it's not, you won't go.
* Request a free or guest pass to try out the facility.
* Ask about the qualifications of the staff. Unless you already know what you're doing, you want to work with professionals.
* Visit your choices during the times you would most likely go to exercise and check for crowding conditions.
* Check out the cleanliness of the exercise areas as well as the locker rooms and bathrooms. Make sure exercise equipment appears to be in good condition.
* Ask for operating hours and class schedules to make sure they fit your needs.
* See if child care is available on site.
* Talk to other members and see how they like it.
Joining a fitness center can be a major expense, so use these tips to avoid any financial surprises and get the most for your dollar.
* Before you shop, determine how much you're willing to spend. Don't go above this amount. Working out should not break the bank.
* Find out exactly what is included in the monthly fee and what is considered "extra." Be sure to get a price list of services.
* Skip low-cost "trial memberships." You will most certainly be pressured later on to continue at a higher fee. Don't join until you're ready to make the commitment and only pay what you're willing to pay.
* See if you are eligible for discounts through your employer or health insurance company.
* Completely understand all refund and cancellation policies before signing …