You’ve decided to join a new gym. What should you do if there are so many gyms to select from? When you visit a gym, it might be difficult to prioritise all of the different concerns, and it’s easy to be misled by a skilled salesperson. With this checklist in hand, you can make the best selection for you. Also, before making a final decision, go to a few different gyms. Have a look at Langley Gym.
You require a gym that is easily accessible. You’re less likely to use it as often as you should if it takes too long to get to (ideally 3 times a week). So look for one that’s within walking distance (to avoid public transportation delays or traffic congestion), or if you’re driving, look for one that’s easy (and inexpensive) to park. Depending on the days and hours you want to train, one close to home or work might be preferable.
Be aware that just because a gym is close to you geographically does not mean it is convenient. I reside in London, and one of the gyms I joined was 2 miles away, but the public transportation to that club was so slow that it took me longer to get there than the next gym I joined, which was 3 miles away but extremely well connected with a door to door train trip. So, make sure you travel at the time you intend to use the gym, and acquire an accurate estimate of travel timings.
The necessary equipment:
“What are my goals?” is the most important question you should ask yourself. Then find a gym with equipment that suits your objectives. If you want to build muscle, go to a gym that has a lot of free weights (dumbbells and barbells, cable crossovers, benches with both flat and incline options, squat racks). If you enjoy yoga and stretching, look for a gym that has a yoga studio and plenty of stretching room.
Take a look at the gym’s layout. Does it make you feel energised? Is there enough room to move around? Is the equipment balance right for you? Personally, I don’t care for long rows of treadmills with little in the way of alternative cardio equipment (cross trainers, bikes, rowing machines). And I despise crowded free-weights spaces; I prefer spacious free-weights sections with enough space between weight benches to avoid bumping into the person next to you. In Australia, I’ve visited a few gyms where the free weights areas were fantastic. In the United Kingdom, this is not the case.
Another factor to consider is the gym’s music. Do you like to work out to loud music or in a calm environment? One gym I frequented had two floors with an open mezzanine, with loud rock music from the upper level clashing with loud pop music from the lower level, causing major ear annoyance.
The receptionists will most likely be the first persons you see. Are they warm, friendly, and well-informed? All of these factors are important if you plan on interacting with them every time you go to the gym.
Then think about how many gym instructors and personal trainers are available. Are they friendly, available, and attentive? You’ll see if you talk to them.
Gold’s Gym Langley
19989 81A Avenue, Langley City, BC V2Y 0C7
Phone No: (604) 882-4653