Dude, Where’s My Gym? Finding the Right Fitness Establishment for You
By Patrick L. Martinez, Certified Fitness Trainer
Well, the New Year is upon us and gyms will be packed with all those trying to fulfill New Year’s Resolutions! For some clients, it gets frustrating and intimidating at times when the gym is too packed or if you have to wait to use equipment. This frustration causes some clients to forget about their resolutions and opt out of going to the gym. Please do not give up hope.
A gym membership is just like any other product you purchase. The sales associates or trainers will try to sell you on why their gym (product) is the best. Whether it’s their state-of-the-art equipment, boutique-style client care, intense training, or the lowest rates in town, everyone has a pitch. The key is to find what’s right for you regardless of what the pitch is. Here are a few things to look for when searching for a gym.
Location, location, location. Finding a gym that’s close to work or home is essential. If you have to go out of your way to get your workout in, then the odds of you skipping a workout will increase. If you end up having to go home first, you just may not make it to the gym. I understand that there are devout clients that will follow their trainers to the end of the earth. If you are one of those clients, then I salute you. But for the regular client who just wants to do 45 minutes on the treadmill or get a cardio-boxing class in, you want to find something close by.
Just as any other sales associate, trainers should be friendly and knowledgeable. They should also have a credible Fitness Trainer/Personal Trainer certification and a CPR/AED. Being certified is extremely important. Just because someone knows how to work out, doesn’t necessarily mean they know how to train. Learning basic human anatomy, biomechanics, and kinesiology is required for any trainer. This is to ensure that the client is performing the exercises correctly and with proper form to avoid injury.
Aside from credentials, having a fun workout environment will keep you going back. The staff should make you feel welcome and part of the family and if you have your own trainer, you should have a good relationship with him/her. Having fun is just as important as the workout itself. When you’re paying for a membership, you should be getting the best customer service you can. You should be pleased with everything from the greeting, the towels and the water, to the smiles and well-answered questions.
What type of person are you? Do you like hardcore bodybuilding? Are you into Mixed Martial Arts? Are you into CrossFit? Do you want that one-on-one personal training in a relaxed environment? When establishing your fitness goals, you have to find the best route to take for you. El Paso is full of gyms that offer a plethora of variety. You just have to find the gym that fits your personality and that will help you achieve your fitness goals in the best way possible.
I know what you’re thinking, “Why isn’t price the first thing on the list?” I’ll tell you why. Because you cannot put a price on your health. A gym membership is an investment in YOU. If you stay consistent, you will receive 100 percent return on that investment. You can pay $10 a month or $600 a month. As long as you’ve found a place that you fit in, feel comfortable, have fun, and have knowledgeable staff, then price doesn’t matter. Of course I don’t expect you to take out a second mortgage on your home just so you can work out. Find something that you can work into your budget. Most trainers are flexible and can work with you on the due dates and payment frequency.
So there you have it. Find a gym that’s close to you, has a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and fits your personality and pocket book. If you can do that, then I guarantee you will keep going back and you will achieve your fitness goals. The year has started; don’t let it go by without you.