If you are looking to join a gym or fitness facility, then you may want to read this first. There are A LOT of fitness facilities out there and they all claim to have the best amenities. The truth is that it comes down to price and what your goals or interests are.
For example, if you like to swim, play racquetball, basketball or attend large group classes, then a larger gym may be for you. If you only do cardiovascular workouts, circuit training and/or strength 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. If the facility is near our home or place of work, then we are more likely to join.
You have smaller gyms such as Anytime Fitness, Snap Fitness, CrossFit Clubs, etc. that 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 new-er equipment. The downside is that some of these memberships tend to be more than the larger gyms. The reasoning behind this is that you’re paying for convenience and that you can visit any of their clubs worldwide.
Larger gyms such as Planet Fitness, LA Fitness, 24-Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym, etc. obviously have more real estate and more equipment. These gyms also have more members, which drives the cost down. You will often see pools, spinning rooms, basketball courts, racquetball courts and so on.
To recap, the gym decision-making process comes down to location, price, and goals or interests. Personally, I’ve been a member at almost all of them and also a personal trainer at a few of them as well. Here’s a recent review that I wrote about my current employer and favorite gym, North Park Athletic Club:
“North Park Athletic Club is the best gym in town. Take it from someone who has been a member at Gold’s Gym (both in Spokane and Sacramento
Even though I’ve provided my personal recommendation, it truly is all about what your goals and interests are.
Are you lacking motivation? Every fitness facility offers classes, personal training services or you can even find a personal trainer who will come to your home.
The key is to get active and to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. You will have more energy, be happier, look better, get better sleep and the benefits are endless.