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Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Health Club

Updated on February 3, 2018

Thinking of joining a Health club? There are some things that you need to bear in mind to help you get the best advantage that comes with a gym membership.

While there are health clubs and gyms everywhere, not all of them will provide you with the type of service that you are looking for. In most cases, most people that register for gym don't go on regular basis. In fact, according to the available data, only about 18% of those who register for gym membership go on a regular basis.

One reason why people find it difficult to go on regular basis is because they end up not liking the gym/club or simply because the instructors don't make it interesting enough for them.

Apart from registering to use their equipment, health club members are also looking for someone to motivate and cheer them, it is expected that the gym coaches to do this. They suppose to make everyday interesting for you and give you reason to look forward to coming back the next day.

Alright, let take a look at some factors you should consider before joining a health club.

Top 5 Factors to Consider Before Joining a Gym

1. Location

Location should be one of your utmost priorities when choosing a gym membership; this will help you to eliminate excuses for skipping your workout. The best location to choose is the one that matches your lifestyle.

If you plan to hit the gym after work, then choose a gym that is in your way or close to your office. If you are a stay-at-home mom or you prefer going to gym from home, choose the nearest gym to your home.

The ideal location is a gym that is in five-to-eight minute walk or drive. You should also keep factors such as traffic, roadway congestion and other factors that affect your movement in mind. Choosing a gym close by will motivate you not to miss gym sessions.

2. Operating Hours

This should be the first question you should ask every gym before signing up. I will recommend you choose a gym with operating hours that fits into your schedule and not the one that you have to adjust your lifestyle to meet up to.

The reason for this is to reduce every excuse to skip workout sessions. Some health clubs open very early in the morning and close at night. Choose the gym that has flexible operating hours.

3. Cancellation/Refund Policy

Find out the gyms cancellation and refund policy. Even if you are not considering canceling your gym subscription, it is always a good idea to have that option on the table. In most cases, the gyms that provide the best type of services are the one that know their members can cancel anytime they choose.

4. Equipment

Don't sign up for a gym class online, you will need to visit the gym in person and inspect their facility. You should find out the equipment they have if they matches with what you have in mind. Some gyms don't have enough equipment to go around when there is a crowd.

The best type of health club/gym is the one that allows you to come in anytime you want and do your workout without waiting for equipment to be free. Apart from the workout equipment, you need other facilities to be present and well-maintained; some of the facilities you should look out for are their bathroom.

In some cases, you may decide to hit the gym in the morning on your way to work. The gym should have a clean bathroom where you can shower after each workout session.

5. Staff

Every gym is as good as its staff. Starting from the admin, to coaches, and down to the janitors must be top notch and must provide excellent service. The admin must be ready to attend to you anytime you need their attention.

Additionally, the gym should have a knowledgeable coach that can provide you with custom exercises to achieve your gym objective. If you want to lose weight, and other members are in the gym to build their upper body, the gym must have coach/coaches that can give equal attention to everyone's unique objective.


Choosing a good health club will help you achieve your objective. It is not an easy task, you need to settle down and choose the best. In some cases, depending on your city, you will need to make some compromise especially if you are in a town where there are only a handful of health clubs. Once you choose your gym, go through their rules and try to attend each workout session so you can achieve your objective.


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