So you have finally decided to start working out at the gym. But before you rush to join the gym on the corner, it's best to take the time to visit a few different options. You'll quickly find that not all gyms offer the same amenities or level of service, and some are downright hostile to new recruits.
1. Location, location, location.
Start by getting out the phone book or going online and choosing three gyms. Only choose a place that is considered comfortable for your home or workplace. In Manahawkin, it is not difficult to locate a good fitness center such as Southern Fit. They have their own websites so check out their services and choose accordingly.
Finally, before you can use the gym, you have to get there. Call now and make an appointment to visit all three options.
In addition to being conveniently located, the place has to be open when you need it, or what good is it? Ask about the hours when you call to schedule your tour. If you need a 5 AM workout and the gym opens at 6, cross it off and move on.
3. Size matters.
The first thing to consider in any gym is the size of the facility. Is this a very big super club? Or an intimate little gym? One is not necessarily better than the other. Gym size is really a matter of your personal choice. Maybe you're feeling overwhelmed at a super-big club or think that a smaller gym doesn't have enough equipment, coach selection, or group workouts.
4. Cost is important.
Be sure to inquire about upfront fees for new members as well as current monthly fees. Do you understand how long the contract is? Do you understand exactly what is included or do you have to pay extra for changing rooms or group lessons? If the seller doesn't offer to waive an upfront fee, be sure to ask… most gyms will charge an upfront fee to keep you on a monthly contract.