IT’S JANUARY 1ST – TIME TO PICK THE RIGHT GYM FOR YOU.

1 Jan

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER: A GYM CAN BE A GREAT, MOTIVATING ENVIRONMENT TO ACHIEVE YOUR HEALTH & FITNESS GOALS, BUT IT’S NOT THE ONLY PLACE THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED.  WORKOUT FROM HOME, OUTSIDE, IN FACT IN THE THEME OF MY SERIES “5 MIN WORKOUT ANYWHERE” THE WORLD IS YOUR GYM! BUT, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN UTILIZING A GYM THESE TIPS WILL HELP YOU PICK THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU.

These tips are just some of the great tips available in my first book, “Anatomy of Muscle Building” which is available to purchase at Amazon.com.

Gyms can be very different from one another.  Each caters to a different clientele.  They vary with the type of equipment, working hours, and pricing. A gym is an extension of your goals.  Here is a rough outline to help you match a gym, or the type of gym to meet your fitness goals.

Wanting to build muscle mass?
Look for a gym with quality and quantity of the weight equipment.  This equipment should have the proper steel attachments aiding in the use of wrist straps.  Rubber covered equipment will not allow proper tightening of wrist strap use.
A muscle building gym will have plenty of cable, smith and bench press machines.  Usually these muscle building gyms will have a shake/food section to match your goals.
Wanting to obtain a lean, tight sculpted body?
Look for a gym with a wide variety of cardio and circuit equipment.  Body building equipment should be present here but limited to only barbells, dumbbells and cable machines. kettle bells, bosu balls, a plethora of cardio vascular equipment such as treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, stepping machines, and arm bikes should be present. Most importantly the gym should offer a wide variety of classes that will keep you motivated to keep active. Spinning, dance, cardio burn, abdominal classes, and bootcamps just to name a few.
If you are woman who is a newcomer to the gym, or perhaps intimidated by the social aspects of the gym environment, consider a woman’s only gym.  They should have an educated staff to help make you feel comfortable and confident with your workout program.
When choosing a gym, make sure you start with a trial membership. This way you can make sure it’s the right fit for you without any obligation or commitment.
Other things to think about when picking the right gym:
Cleanliness
Location
Pricing
Staff Attitude
type of clientele they attract
hours of operation
qualifications of staff members
Some questions to ask a gym membership representative should include:
 Can your membership be frozen, refunded, transferred, do they have injury insurance, passport programs (meaning can you use the franchise locations while on your travels)?. Also make sure to bargain with your membership. There is plenty of competition out there, they want your business.  You have this on your side when negotiating a membership deal.

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