Things to think about before you join a gym. Full disclaimer this is not about gyms being bad, just helpful information so you can make the right decision for your health and budget. If you are in need of a personal trainer or health coach check out my website.
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Fitness companies have been planning for months for your arrival hiring staff, working on the best marketing plan. Most are offering some type of deal that seems promising but in the end, if you don’t end up using it, it could cost a lot.
1. Joining a gym
If you are looking into getting a gym membership, be aware you will need to pay a lot of money up front. Unless the initiation fee was waived. Most initiation fees cost is about half the amount month payment so if the gym you are looking at is $60 a month then your upfront cost would be $90. If you come across a gym that is basically charging you an initiation fee and last month membership fees then you will be paying $150 up front. If a gym is trying to do this run the other way! It won’t end well for you. If you find a gym that is claiming that they are month to month no contracts that is somewhat of a lie. You will have to cancel 30 days before the next payment period. Which will be written in your contract.
2. Gyms with contracts.
Most but not all chain gyms will make you sign a contract. Read the contract carefully, chances are they won’t let you bring it home. Before signing the contract ask yourself:
When was the last time you went to the gym and did you enjoy it?
How often will you go to the gym? If you are paying $100 a month for a membership and you only go to one spin class a week, it might not really worth it. You would probably better go to a spin studio.
Knowing how to workout
As a personal trainer, it is my biggest pet peeve to see someone with horrible form. If you are unsure about of how to do an exercise learn how before you add weight. I learned by doing and practice but getting a personal trainer (hint hint) who can guide you into doing the movement correctly is probably the best way to go.
3. Do what you love!
If you hate running (ME) then try something new. Groupon is a great place to find small studio that offers a wide range of different workouts like boxing, spin class or you might even enjoy a good boot camp class. If you are doing a work out that you enjoy doing, you are more likely to stick to it.
4. Weight loss
I will write a longer topic later but here is the short and sweet version. Exercise alone will not help you lose weight sorry to burst your bubble. Diet plays a bigger role in weight loss because it is easier to control. If you have spent years struggling with your weight you may need help from a health coach.
If you want to join a gym make sure it fits your budget and time. A side note, when I look at gyms I see if they have things that I will use. See how well kept it is if the equipment is working and easy for you to use.
Look into expanding your horizon as far as fitness goes there are so many different types of exercises out there don’t just settle for what you know. You may be surprised you like something new like spin.
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I hope this helps you make an informed decision about your new year resolution. If you have any questions about fitness or about health coaching leave a comment I would love to hear from you.