6 Tips for Finding the Right Gym If you are going to succeed in developing great workout ethics, you need to find the right gym that works for you. Not all gyms are created equally or will be the right fit for you. Save yourself from headaches, not to mention money and success in your training, by doing a little homework before signing that membership contract. Here are a few things to look for when vetting a gym.

Equipment and ClassesSome people prefer machines, while others like the regular weight bar, check out the types of equipment to make sure the gym has what you need to get the most out of your workout. Check for high-quality equipment as well. Quality is everything in good equipment and will help with your training.

Check out the gym’s maintenance and replacement schedule for their equipment. Newer equipment incorporates new technologies and goes a long way to helping out your training. Equipment left broken for days or weeks on end is not only horrible because you can’t use it but is an indication of how much the staff cares about your workout.

If you prefer classes, check the classes offered to make sure they are ones you like to take and at times that will work with your schedule. The classrooms should be clean and have the equipment needed to complete the classes. You should only need to bring a towel, water bottle and yourself.

StaffHelpful and attentive staff is always a good thing in a gym. While you might be one of those people who rarely need help, it’s good to have staff that keeps everything clean and answer questions if you have any. Check for personal trainer options or if you can bring your own into the gym if you desire. A good staff will work with you to ensure you get the most of your time spent at the gym.

Location and HoursEveryone needs a gym with a location and hours convenient to your lifestyle. Finding a gym close to home or work and not out of the way, makes it easier to go. Make sure the gym you choose has hours that work for your schedule. Having a location and hours easy to access keeps you from making excuses not to workout.

Atmosphere and MembersThe staff, types of equipment, exercise offered, decor and members all create the atmosphere of the gym. Take a tour and trial run of the gym to make sure it’s one you want to work out in. Some people are not comfortable in a meathead environment, while others prefer to exercise with members of the same sex. Check out the vibe of the place. Is it positive, energetic or charged in a way that makes you want to come back for more or dread going to the gym? A comfortable feeling place will keep you focused and coming back.

CleanlinessThis might seem like a no-brainer, but make sure the gym is clean. People sweat and dirty up gyms. They’re a breeding ground for bacteria and yucky stuff. The saying “cleanliness is next to Godliness” does apply to your gym. No one likes a grungy, grimy gym.

CostsGyms love to trap you in a one or more year’s contract, which you have to pay no matter what. Consider paying on the month-to-month rate for a couple of months until you know it’s the gym for you. Yes, it will cost concededly more than the contract price, but it’s cheaper in the long run if you decide it’s not the right fit for you. If you’re going to buy a membership, ask for better rates or wait until one of the discount seasons of summer or in December, right before New Year’s. Don’t forget to take advantage of prices offered through a Costco membership or for being a student.

Don’t be shy about going in the gym or gyms you’re interested in and checking them out thoroughly. Also, take advantage of any offers of free trial memberships. If one isn’t offered, ask for a few days to give it a try. Any reputable gym is going to want a client who is happy rather than someone who isn’t because most gyms depend on reputation to keep clients coming back as well as gaining new ones.