Searching for the right gym fit for you can really be overwhelming and confusing for many. There are so many gyms to choose from that all offer various classes and techniques.
Gyms can be a key factor in achieving your goals and staying healthy long term. Luckily for you, there are tons of options out there, and we are going to help you through it.
Types of Gyms
Big Box Gyms
These type of gyms can be found sprinkled all over the nation – chain gyms, if you will. They are your Gold’s Gym, LA Fitness, Sport & Health, Planet Fitness, Crunch Fitness, Washington Sports Club, YMCA’s or Recreation Centers, etc. Here you typically have the option of a monthly membership. The cost includes group exercise classes and access to the gym floor and locker rooms. Personal training or one-on-one coaching services can be purchased for an additional fee.
24 hour gyms
With a 24 hour access gym, you have the opportunity to get your workout in whenever it is convenient. There are usually less frills, but things tend to vary depending on the company and location. These are great options for individuals with non-traditional work hours or scenarios.
These are monthly membership gyms that offer that a more higher end vibe. These health clubs typically have spa services on site, a fully stacked group exercise schedule, personal trainers, juice bars, and more.
These businesses offer a specific type of activity; yoga, spinning, barre, Pilates, dance, Crossfit, boxing, etc. These types of studios all over the place where you can enroll in monthly memberships or bundled sessions depending on what works best for you! If you have found a fitness routine that you love and want to stick with – these are a great option but would not offer the wide array of class options that a larger gym would. I love barre and wrote this review after I completed 100 classes if you want to check that out here.
Personal Training Sessions
It’s just what it sounds like, a studio gym that provides one on one training sessions only. Size and amenities can vary depending on the gym, but what you will always get is that personal attention without the distraction of others in the gym working out or feeling intimidated at machines that are new to you.
Hopefully by now you have been able to conjure up an image of the type of experience you are hoping for yet? If you’re still a bit unsure, don’t worry, because the next step in your gym search will certainly narrow things down. It’s time to do some recon – check out social media, check out each gym’s website, talk to your friends and then schedule a visit. There is no better way to really see if your future gym is the right fit without visiting a couple first, and when doing so, be sure to visit at the time you would actually be working out!
I encourage you to take advantage of a really important perk offered everywhere – a free trial. Almost all gyms/studios offer a free trial of some sort, and you should absolutely give it a try. You may be able to take advantage of a free personal training consultation or one-on-one session and/or unlimited group classes! The more time you spend there, the better idea you will have as to whether it suits you or not.