Purchasing a gym membership can be a good way to motivate yourself to work out. Having paid for the membership may motivate you to use it. And having access to all of that great, professional equipment certainly makes it easier and more fun to exercise. However, before you jump in and buy a membership from a particular gym, there are a few things you should do.
Visit on a guest pass.
Many gyms offer guest passes. You may have to pay a few dollars to visit just once. Or, if you have a friend who has a membership at a particular gym, they may be able to bring you along as a guest once or twice. When you visit as a guest, you can work out as you would if you were a full member and see what the experience is like. Does the gym have the types of equipment you like to use? Do you find the vibe or atmosphere ideal? If you enjoy working out at the gym as a guest, then you will probably also enjoy being a member there.
Talk to a personal trainer.
Some gym members end up using personal trainers, and others don't. However, before you join a particular gym, it is wise to talk to one of their personal trainers. Find out what programs they do offer, just in case you are interested in signing up for training. Ask what their policies are as far as letting outside trainers come in. This way, you can make sure the gym meets your training needs before you pay for a membership.
Read the contract.
People are usually asked to sign a contract when they sign up for a gym membership. It's important that you read this contract so that you understand the terms of what you're signing. How much notice do you need to give before they'll terminate your membership? What does the membership include? How are costs calculated, and can they be increased without your permission? Ask these questions as you read your contract, and make sure you truly agree with the terms before you sign it. If there are terms you don't like, you can always ask the gym if they'll modify them. Or, you can find a different gym whose contract terms are more in line with your own needs.
Joining a gym can be life-changing. However, it's important to do a little research before you join. Follow the above tips before you sign up for a monthly gym membership.