As we head into the last month of the year, lots of people are already thinking about New Year’s resolutions, which often include getting in shape and joining a gym. But before you drop your hard-earned money on a membership to a gym, you should know if it meets your needs. Don’t sign on the dotted line until you answer these questions.
- What do you want from the experience? - Know what your goals are and think about the kinds of workouts that check those boxes and where you need to go to find them.
- What equipment will you need? - Does the gym have the specific machines and equipment you’ll need and amenities you’re looking for, like an indoor track or sauna?
- Do they offer classes you want to take? - If you’re into yoga, boxing, or cycling, make sure the gym offers those classes and that they’re included in the cost of your membership.
- How crowded is it at the times you typically work out? - Before you sign up, drop by the gym at the time that fits your schedule. If it’s so packed you couldn’t imagine working out there, it might not be the place for you. Or you could change your schedule to go outside peak times and the gym should be able to tell you when those are.
- Is it convenient? - It doesn’t matter what classes they have or how affordable it is, if it’s a hassle to get there, you might not go as often.
- How much will it cost? - Gym and studio memberships can be expensive, but aside from the monthly fees, think about other costs, like how much it’ll cost you to get there.