So how are those “promises” or “resolutions” that you made three months ago going?
If you’re like most; you might be losing steam, motivation or whatever excuse you can muster up.
Most gyms are still experiencing a steady flow of patrons this time of year and there are a lot of fitness facilities out there. Funny thing is that they all claim to have the best amenities. Truth is that it all boils down to cost and what your goals, needs and interests are.
For example, if you like to swim, sit in the sauna, play racquetball, basketball or attend instructor-led classes; then a larger gym may be for you. If you just do cardiovascular workouts, free weights and circuit training then paying for all of those extras may not be worth it.
Location is one of the most important factors. Most of us aren’t willing to drive 10 miles or more to hit the gym. So what’s the best gym for you?
You have a few options, small gyms, big gyms or fitness studios:
Smaller gyms such as Snap Fitness and Anytime Fitness can fit into any shopping center or strip mall. These are more likely to be closer to your home and feature cardio machines, circuit training machines and a small area for free weights.
The benefit to this type of gym is that they will be right next to your local Starbucks and include the essentials with top of the line equipment. They are also 24 hours and you can use any one of their facilities in the country. If you travel a lot or work odd hours, this could be a great option for you. The downside is that if you workout at “prime time” or peak hours, then you’ll be fighting for space and machines in these small facilities.
Larger gyms such as Muv Fitness, 24-Hour Fitness, The Fitness Center, LA Fitness, Gold’s Gym, etc. obviously have more real estate and more equipment. These gyms also have more members, so there are times where you can be fighting for machines and equipment during peak hours as well. However, they do have pools, spinning rooms, basketball courts, racquetball courts, etc.
The benefit to this type of gym is that they tend to have more staff members for assistance and instruction. For example, Muv Fitness offers complimentary training and monthly fitness analyses with their memberships. That way you can track your progress and get some sort of direction if you don’t know where to start.
Lastly you can you join a fitness studio such as Physzique, CrossFit, etc. These facilities offer a lot of instruction, guidance and structure. This can make all the difference in the world if you struggle with motivation, accountability or commitment to an exercise plan. The downside is that these studios are pretty expensive. But, you can’t really put a price on health and wellness in my opinion.
Can’t decide what’s best for you or do you get bored easily? I have the same problem. That’s why I do a combination of gym workouts, cycling, running, recreational sports and home workouts. Fitness programs such as P90X and Insanity are a great way to mix it up.
The key is to do whatever it takes to stay active and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. You will have more energy, be happier, look better, get better sleep and the benefits are endless.