Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Gym
A lot of gyms offer very attractive features that are designed to get you to join. But before you sign on the dotted line, there are a few questions you might want to ask yourself. Does this gym offer what you really need? Are there going to be hidden costs or fees? A lengthy time commitment? Check out our list of must-haves to help you choose the perfect gym for you.
Shape.com suggests that one of the first questions you ask yourself should be: What are my reasons for joining a gym? If you are joining because you are interested in specific classes, make sure the gym that you choose offers the classes that you want to take. If they do offer your ideal classes, make sure that they will fit into your schedule. Nothing is more of a bummer than finding out your favorite spin class is right during your weekly meetings
An ideal gym should also be one that is fairly close and convenient to get to. If your company has an on-site gym, that might be a great spot for you because it will drastically cut down on your drive time. If you drive all the way across town for your exercise studio, it may be more time-consuming than it’s worth. See if there is another one closer, or find another one that has the same features. Time, or lack of it, is one of the number one reasons that people slack on their workouts, and so having a gym that is close by and convenient helps eliminate that excuse.
Childcare can often be a large issue as well. If you have kids, consider a gym that offers a childcare center or drop off. Many gyms offer a spot for your tot for just a few dollars extra, and that convenience will definitely pay for itself in the long run.
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Many gyms want a long term commitment out of you. One year, two years… and those commitments often come with hefty termination fees if you decide to cancel. A gym membership that comes with a time commitment may work for you if you get a good discount and you know you are not going anywhere for the next little while. If you have any doubts that you can keep that kind of time commitment, however, that gym may not be for you.
The details make all the difference. When you have decided on the gym that you like the best, take a tour. On your tour, take a look at all of the details: things like lighting, music, class size, and cleanliness. When the gym is clean and taken care of, that indicates that there is a high level of care and maintenance. Gyms like that usually take very good care of their customers. If you notice that classes are overcrowded or that the music is too loud, give plenty of consideration to that gym before signing up. Like any relationship, little irritants can turn into big annoyances down the road.
Whether you prefer working out at home or find the gym of your dreams, there are certain essentials to any fitness routine. If you leave the house to work out, make sure that you have a gym bag big enough to haul all of your gear. Gym bags that have lots of pockets work well so that you don’t lose your keys, cell phone, iPod and water bottle.
Home workouts require some different equipment. Free weights, dumbbells, yoga mats and kettlebells are ideal to have at home because of the range of exercises that you can do.
Beyond the Gym
Fantastic fitness shoes are also a must-have for any athlete. Shoes that support and protect your feet help you stay healthy and avoid injuries. Many foot conditions, such as heel pain and plantar fasciitis, can be avoided by wearing athletic shoes that give proper arch support and heel cushioning. KURU athletic shoes take the guesswork out of finding the perfect shoe for you.
All of our KURU shoes, no matter which style you choose, begin with anatomically correct arch support. (For those with high arches, this might not seem like enough at first, whereas those with low arches may feel like it's too much.) However, over time, they use your body heat to mold to your exact foot shape, so you get a custom fit, and exactly the support you need, no matter what kind of arch you have. This perfect arch support is the absolute best way to prevent and relieve Plantar Fasciitis pain.
No matter where or how you workout, staying active is key to a healthy lifestyle. Be proactive about your health and keep moving! Do more and go farther with the most comfortable shoes in the world propelling you every step of the way.