Choosing a Gym

Iv recently had my second home close – LA Fitness Northwich It is being refurbished and then opening in late December as Pure Gym, leaving me to relocate and make a new home in another gym. We have various options in my town as will most towns. Northwich has a council gym, a number of private gyms varying […]

Iv recently had my second home close – LA Fitness Northwich

It is being refurbished and then opening in late December as Pure Gym, leaving me to relocate and make a new home in another gym.

We have various options in my town as will most towns. Northwich has a council gym, a number of private gyms varying in size and functions, one is a more functional movement gym, one has everything from the latest stepper to old school leg press and offers sun beds, to a PT studio. It can be very confusing to know which one will work best for you and your goals.

You first need to know what it is you are looking for in a gym, consider the following:

  • Atmosphere – music, people smiling, smell.
  • Equipment – What do you need to train, what do you like to use when working out?
  • The clientele – old, young, posh, kids?
  • Size of the gym – does size matter to you?
  • Cost – what are you willing to pay for a gym membership or a session?

Once you have this information you can start looking at your local gym and go and have a look and see how the place feels.

For me it was easy, I choose based on the following:

Location of the gym – The one I choose was 150m from my house

The equipment – It had everything I needed from cardio equipment to kettlebells and dual action pulley machine.

The feel – There were lots of people it was a busy friendly gym where people looked like they were enjoying themselves.

The people – Clients varied from “meatheads” to the more elderly and yummy mummies. I felt it didn’t have one type of clientele, everyone could get involved and no one would care or notice if you only bicep curled 1kg.

The music – For me music is part of my exercise regime, I need it to help motivate me, keep me upbeat and pumping away. The music in Daves Gym had everything from old school 90’s dance music to the latest dance tunes. I love dance music and so I felt pumped and ready for my workout staright away.

Free lockers – Who wants to pay for a locker each day? or remember a lock or a pound? I don’t! Here I didn’t need to think about that either. Each customer got given a token on arrival for the locker.

Products – Yes they were selling protein and t shirts and shorts etc and signs were everywhere telling you what they had to offer, but I have never once been pitched too by a member of staff.

Gym Induction – when I joined I was offered a show around and asked if I was ok to use the gym, I didn’t have to go through a whole gym induction which for a PT there is nothing worse than sucking it up and letting someone show you around equipment you use everyday. Or be ‘that’ person that says “I know it all I am a PT.” So at Daves Gym I felt I could just go and train straight away and get on with it! This i loved.

Price – The price is very reasonable and different ways to pay and benefits for referring customers is brilliant.

So I have been there a week now, I see past members from LA Fitness in there, it feels like home, we all say hello, people are lovely and I have already made friends.

This is how you should feel in your gym, at home. If you are not sure of you are not confident in a gym, maybe having a PT is something you could benefit from. Equally if you just don’t like gyms but want to workout, why not contact me to discuss at home personal training. Its all about YOU at the end of the day, realising what you want and where you want to train and feel confident. This is an important part of reaching your goals.

 

 

 

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