I have recently moved to a new city (and county) and throughout the move I have had to make a lot of changes to how I do things, places I shop, etc. I think one of the changes that has made the largest impact for me is having to give up my gym membership in Orange County. Going to the gym is a huge deal for me because of the many benefits:
- Stress reducer
- Keeps my joints and muscles loose and moving well
- Keeps weight down
- Gets blood flowing through the body
- Reduces the potential of having heart issues, diabetes, and other illnesses
I haven’t had to search for a new gym for a very long time because I was comfortable with the gym I was attending. It was small, it had the machines that I wanted to use, it didn’t have all the ‘perks’ that I won’t ever use, the monthly price was very reasonable (only $10/month), it was less than a 5 minute drive from my house, and it was open 24/7.
Going through the process of looking for a new gym was time consuming, but I went through the entire process to find the right gym for me that meets my needs.
Step 1: Research
Do some research to gather a list of the gym locations in your area. I use Google search engine, I looked for them as I drove around town in the areas that I frequent, and I asked people I meet or knew in the area for recommendations.
Step 2: Make Some Calls
Before spending the time and gas money driving around looking at gyms, give them a call. When you call ask a few general questions, such as: What are your hours? What memberships do you offer (i.e. pricing)? If you’re looking for specific perks, ask if they have those (i.e. swimming pool, sauna, showers, etc.).
Step 3: Visit Locations
Pick two or three locations that sound good over the phone to visit. Plan to spend 20-30 minutes per location to tour the gym, talk about memberships, and get a feel for the atmosphere of the gym.
Step 4: Make A Decision
Make sure you know what you want in your gym, how much you are willing to spend, and how far you are willing to travel to get to the gym prior to making a decision. Ask about any setup membership fees, yearly fees, perks, classes offered, if you’re able to go to any location in that chain of gyms, and if they have the equipment that you want to use.
Generally, most gyms will have a setup fee, such as first and last month or an annual fee. For me, I look for a gym that is cost effective ($10-$15/month), has a low annual fee ($10-$20/year), doesn’t have a bunch of perks that I won’t ever use (i.e. sauna, pool, Jacuzzi, etc.), allows me to bring a friend on my membership at any time, and is in, or close to, my normal driving areas around my town. I found a great gym that offers everything I want, nothing I don’t want, and is reasonably priced. It’s great to be back at the gym!