When looking for a gym to join, what factors do you consider? Most people remember to consider the cost, the location, and the equipment available at the gym. These features and factors are definitely important ones, and they do deserve a lot of weight in your decision-making process. However, there are some other important features to consider, too. Take a look:
What good is joining a gym if it's often closed during the hours you want to visit? Gym hours vary widely from gym to gym. Sometimes, the gym in general might be open, but specific amenities, like the pool, may be closed. Look over the gym's schedule carefully before signing up, and make sure their open hours align with your availability. This is most important if you plan on going to the gym early in the morning or late at night when some gyms are closed. If you think you may use the gym at a variety of times throughout the day, joining a 24-hour gym is a good fail-safe option.
Different gyms have different atmospheres, just like different gym-goers have different goals. A bodybuilding gym, for example, will generally have a very different atmosphere than a gym frequented by Pilates instructors and joggers. There is no right atmosphere and no wrong atmosphere — just an atmosphere that feels right to you. This is one reason why it's so important to visit a gym in person before joining. Take a walk around, and ask yourself whether it is a place where you'll personally feel comfortable and confident when working out.
Do you think you'll ever bring a guest with you to the gym? Maybe there's a friend you work out with now and then. They won't be joining the gym, but you want the option of bringing them with you once or twice a month. Or perhaps you have family members visit from out of town now and then, and you know they'll want a place to work out when they're around. Make sure the way the gym handles guest privileges aligns with your needs. If you plan on having guests more often, a gym that gives members a certain number of free guest passes might be nice. If you rarely have guests, having to pay for them to visit isn't such a big deal.
Choosing a gym isn't always easy, but if you weigh the factors above, you're more likely to end up in a space that feels right.