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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.

Exclusive Gyms

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.

Fitness Studios

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.

What next?

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.

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10 thoughts on “Searching for the right gym fit for you

  1. I used to go to lifetime fitness and I loved it; the atmosphere, the food, the locker room. Definitely worth the cost

    1. That’s great to know! I think it’s the extra things the staff do that make the atmosphere enjoyable to be there if that is vibe someone is looking for!

  2. It took me finding the right gym and program to finally stick to the gym. It was great to finally love working out because the environment really made a different.

    1. I totally agree. I had to take a break from Pure Barre when we had our third to save a bit of money, but it was the best fit for me!

  3. I love 24 hour gyms because I never know how my schedule with turn out, so it’s nice to be able to work out on my own schedule. Of course I do love a good fitness studio as well.

    1. Twinsies. I used to love my 24 hour gym pre kids for that exact reason but then after kids I was a boutique fitness Pure Barre lover. Now Im doin my own thing at home because well…. 3 kids 5 and under makes it hard BUT cant go wrong if its a good fit for you!

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