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Finding a Gym that's Right for You

If you've decided to join a gym, it's important that you take the time to find the one that's right for you. Buying a membership doesn't guarantee that you'll go if you don't enjoy being there. Follow these simple steps to make sure the gym you select is right for you.


Tour the facility and try it out

If you're considering a particular fitness club, arrange for a tour and check it out for yourself. Be sure to visit at the time of day that you'll normally be exercising in order to see first-hand how busy it would be on a normal visit. Most gyms offer a free day pass.

Scope out the crowd

On your tour, take a look at the other people using the gym. Will you feel comfortable working out in this crowd? Is it an age group that you're comfortable with? Is the gym co-ed or women only?

Check the hours

Is the gym open at the times you want to exercise? Some are closed on Sundays or weekends, or don't open until most people are at work.

Ask your friends where they go

There are two reasons for doing this: 1) get recommendations on the facility and the price (sometimes special discounts can be arranged for friends of members); 2) you may be more motivated to workout if you can do it with a friend.

Location, location, location

Convenience is key when it comes to working out. If the gym is located between your work and home, you might be more inclined to go. But if it's far away, you may have a harder time finding the motivation to go.

Ask the experts

Staff members should be courteous, knowledgeable, and ready to help with machines. When you try out the gym, see how available and helpful the staff is. Let the staff know that you have diabetes. Find out whether staff is certified and whether qualified fitness professionals are available.

Find out about classes

Fitness classes like step aerobics, yoga and spinning are a great way to mix up your workout. Find out if these classes are included in your membership and how often they're given.

Ask about perks

Saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools are great perks and may just be the motivation you need to get to the gym.