If you're considering starting to work out in a gym (and if you weren't lucky enough to find a membership gift under your Christmas tree), it's not enough to just take advantage of the year-end drive and just make up your mind. Before you go to that credit card and sign a contract, there are many factors that you have to analyze. If you are convinced that this is the best option for you, compared, for example, with the purchase of an accessory that allows you to carry out a routine in your own home, start by comparing prices and doing an investigation of the best times to buy a membership, so you can get the occasional discount or additional incentive that are common in late summer or the last days of December.
When making your list of requirements (written or mental), keep in mind these key elements:
1. Location and hours: If the place is as close as possible to your work or home, or if it makes your way anywhere address, you will save time and it will be one less excuse not to keep going
2. Human factor: Find out the type of people who attend the gym. Find one that people with the same characteristics and interests go to. Avoid exercising surrounded by loud screaming or unwanted glances!
3. Equipment: Check the type of devices and facilities they have, if they are new or old, if they are of good quality
4. Study the contract:Pay attention to details like extension time, cost, and cancellation policy.
5. Cleaning and security: Pay attention to the maintenance of the areas, the availability of towels and security measures.
6. Childcare: Some gyms include on-site childcare.
7. Trainers: Ask if they offer services like personal trainers, classes or something like that that may interest you.
Lastly, before signing, consider the option of requesting a one-day pass or trial membership.