Today I’m blogging from home with the most wonderful of all cats – Fat Annie. Fat Annie is going to help us learn how to choose a gym. (Or she just wanted to make her way on to the blog.)
Annie is my mom’s cat who I’ve been calling Fat Annie. She is terribly sweet and cuddly and has a bit of a weight problem. I would say I think it’s a problem but I love fat kitties. She has a big tummy that she loves getting rubbed. It’s so cute.
My goal this weekend is to spend time with everyone here as well as get everything settled before starting my new job. I need to get a bus pass so I can get to work and I also want to join a gym so I can start going either before or after work every day.
How To Choose A Gym
Since I’ve been living an active lifestyle over the last few years I’ve been a member of multiple gyms. I even worked for multiple gyms as I started my career at the YMCA (related post: should gym staff be healthy?) Because of all this exposure to being at, belonging to, and working at gyms, I feel like I know a thing or two about how to choose a gym.
Here are my favorite tips and thoughts about choosing a gym:
- Consider cost. Cost is not the only consideration when joining a gym but it is a very important one. Gyms range in monthly cost from free to $10/month to $200/month and more. There is a wide variety in pricing so you need to focus in on choosing a gym in your price range. Remember that you get what you pay for and generally a higher price will mean more equipment or classes and more amenities including time with trainers and small class sizes.
- Consider location. The best gyms are ones that are convenient for you to go to daily. If you belong to a gym 30 minutes away you are going to attend a lot less often than you would if your gym is right next door to your work or smack in the middle of your commute home.
- Consider what they offer. Are you someone that loves working out with a big group of people? Make sure the gym you choose offers lots of group exercise classes. Are you someone that prefers to get in and get in done alone no matter what time? Make sure your gym offers 24/7 access and lots of equipment. Matching the gyms offerings to what you love to do will make you more likely to attend.
My Gym Choices
I’m not sure which gym I’m going to join. Right now I have two options in mind because neither require a contract and I can cancel at any time whether I end up staying 6 months or more. Luckily they let me cancel my membership at our gym in NZ so I won’t have to pay for two gyms at once and can choose one of these:
Gym option #1: YMCA
- Cost: $51/mo
- Weight room, cardio equipment, pool, track, showers, lockers
- Included classes like yoga and Zumba
- Multiple locations
- Main location downtown near work
- Costs more per month & has join fee
- Used to work at the Y & love it
Gym option #2: ATC Fitness
- Cost: $25/mo
- Weight room and cardio equipment
- Multiple locations
- Location 3 miles from home
- Costs less per month & has smaller join fee
- Open 24 hours a day
Right now those are my two main options mostly because of their close locations relative to me. It’s basically down to choosing between a location near home or work and cheaper with less or more expensive with more. I’m trying to think of what I will actually use and how much time I’ll have to actually workout each day. I’m still not sure which I’m going to go with. I might go walk through both again this weekend since it’s been a while since I’ve been to either.
Which would you choose? How did you choose your current gym if you utilize one? What factors are most important to you?