6 Things to Consider When Looking for a Gym
Here are some of the things to consider when looking at a gym or health club.
So you’ve finally decided to start a fitness program and are now searching for the perfect gym to join.
Or maybe you’ve been working out at home when you have time, but have realized that the gym environment would help keep you motivated and offer you the social aspect of working out that you’ve been missing while exercising alone at home.
Regardless of your circumstance there are a few key factors you should take into consideration when looking for a new fitness home.
1. Membership Profile
More gyms these days are catering to only a specific group of people. Some gyms only target women, seniors, competitive athletes, or men. At Hybrid Fitness, we have a wide range of members from competitive fitness seekers to leisurely cardio members. It really is a “make it your own” kind of place.
One unique part of Hybrid Athletic Club is the specialized programs we offer. In addition to our many class offerings, we have several programs that cater to specific groups including Rock Steady Boxing for those with Parkinson’s disease and student athlete specialized programs.
When looking for a gym, one thing you should make sure you do is go inside and take a good walk around. There are so many different types of equipment out there today and you will want to be sure that the gym has the ones you most often use.
When looking at weight machines consider the condition of the equipment – have been maintained and don’t look as though they will fall apart anytime soon. Many of the older gyms you go into have machines that look like they’re from the dinosaur era and might not be the safest thing to be using.
Another good factor to look for is the amount of space in the gym. Many gyms surprisingly don’t have enough space to accommodate all of the programs they offer, so many participants are left stacked up next to each other or sharing spaces. At Hybrid Fitness, we have plenty of space including specialty rooms for Pilates and Yoga, a Basketball Court and full Boxing Ring. Don’t forget about the importance of a stretching area when considering a gym.
If you are heavy into cardio exercise, check that the machines are in good condition and offer the latest features. The treadmills should have inclines and many also have heart rate readers so you can track how hard you are working.
If you really enjoy mixing up your workouts, you may also want to see if they have alternate cardio offerings such as elliptical machines, rowing machines, and recumbent bikes.
3. Extra Features
Some gyms will also offer added features to their members such as a juice or snack bar.
At Hybrid Athletic Club, we have a unique situation in that we have a complete in house nutrition center with a full restaurant call Fit Fresh Cuisine. The juice or snack bar is a handy option to have for post-workout meals, but Fit Fresh Cuisine also has popular cleanse and prepared meal plan options.
We also have a staff dietitian, so if this is an aspect of your life you wish to get help with, you may want to make use of this as well.
This may not seem like that much of an important consideration to begin with, but once you are there and working out, if the gym has not been maintained and cleaned on a regular basis, you will find yourself uncomfortable using much of the equipment.
Check for things like fresh towels for people to use while they are working out, numerous spray bottles located around the gym to wipe equipment down after use, as well as ask about how often the gym brings in maintenance people.
At Hybrid, we offer a towels as part of our membership plan. Be sure to take a look around our facility, we take pride in keeping it clean for our members.
This is obviously going to be an important factor for most people. Many people simply cannot afford the high priced memberships and personal training fees that some elite clubs require. This doesn’t mean you have to avoid the gym altogether.
At Hybrid Fitness, we bring the best of both worlds with a reasonable monthly rate option that includes group classes or a more economic, traditional membership that includes all the gym amenities we’ve come to be known for.
6. Personal Training Options
Gyms offer many different type of personal training options. Some offer plans that come right with your membership whereas with others you buy separately as a personal training package.
Ask about the qualifications of the personal trainers that are hired. Some trainers out there are nothing more than professional rep counters and you want to make sure you are working with a qualified individual.
At Hybrid Athletic Club, we have the highest-rated trainers in Madison. Our team is always improving and we have high expectations for our trainer qualifications. It is the pride of our business.
Come spend some time with our courteous and knowledgeable staff. Take advantage of our one-week free trial pass before making a longer term commitment to getting in shape.
Hybrid Athletic Club is a full-service athletic gym with expertise in personal training, group fitness, and individual workout programs. We are located just south of Hwy PD in Fitchburg, WI. You can find out more about our programs or feel free to take a look at our upcoming calendar online atwww.hybridfitness.org. We also have a connected commissary and meal plan service called Fit Fresh Cuisine that can help with diet consulting and prepared meal options for weight loss and healthy lifestyle kickoffs. Find out more at www.fitfreshcuisine.com.