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Hours - Everybody has different times for his or her workouts. Make sure gym you choose will accommodate your schedule. If you are an early bird and your gym opens at 10:00 a.m. then you are probably going to end up not using it despite other features you find appealing.
Price - Donít get fooled by a low-ball price. Make sure membership includes use of everything of interest to you. Some gyms have a low membership fee and then charge extra for using tennis courts, pool, classes etc. Read fine print. Also, there are all-inclusive low priced gyms that are in business of selling memberships and donít really care what happens after you sign up. You may find that half your town has a membership and you have to wait in line to use equipment.
Management - Is there an active owner or manager on premises? What is there policy regarding restacking your weights and playing of loud music? In some gyms, anything goes and you may hear 3 or 4 different stereos playing at same time, weights are thrown around and you can never find equipment you would like to use. This is a sign of poor and inattentive management and should probably be removed from consideration.
Everybody is different and there is not a single solution for picking ideal gym. The key is to find a place that you feel comfortable and that you will use on a regular basis. Working out is a habit that takes time to form. Donít make an impulsive decision that will cause you to lose your desire to get in shape.
Before making a commitment, visit and workout at a few gyms that you are considering. Most facilities will let you try them out for a few days. Make sure you go at times you would if you were to join. This will give you a feel for how crowded equipment is at that time. Now, only thing left to do is just go out and GET STARTED!!
Here is a list of several gyms with nationwide locations. These will offer a good starting point on your quest for perfect gym. Check for locations in your area.
Mike Brooks is a life long follower and proponent of the fitness lifestyle. Mr. Brooks believes that being healthy is a choice and includes not only a proper diet but total fitness of the mind, body and soul. His column appears weekly at www.ultimatehealthreport.com.