What should you be looking for when finding a gym you’re looking to join? It may be more than you realize. Here are four things to think about and evaluate.
1: Consider more than just price and location in your decision.
Price and location are almost always the deciding factors when choosing a gym. In my opinion, a gym with an amazing community is worth the extra 15 minutes on the road or $20 a month.
Believe it or not, going to a community-based gym is a social activity and every gym has its own unique culture. We encourage you to find the one whose Coaches and community connect personally with you. If you’re new to the area, please do the rounds and try out all the gyms in the area, find the one that’s the best match for you.
Yes, gyms can be expensive. But, they can also be cheap.
You get what you pay for, so ask yourself what you’re looking for. Do you just want access to equipment? If so, go for it, the cheaper the gym the better. But if you’re new and looking for quality Coaching leading to massive gains in your fitness, price shouldn’t be the end all be all.
At EBCF, we pride ourselves on service and a personal connection. We provide the opportunity to build real personal relationships within our small group classes which is a high-value service that can actually provide the results you’ve always hoped for. And if you’re looking for that extra level of attention with faster results, you should search for a gym with one on one personal training (which is a higher value service) as we do.
2: Ask, “Do the gyms near me understand my goals?”
The most successful gyms should understand the wants, needs, desires, and goals of their members.
The best gyms understand that our success is found in results and not the size of our membership.
The path to getting results starts the first time we sit down and chat. What we call a “No Sweat Intro.” (Book yours here http://www.elliottbaycommunityfitness.com/getting-started). In this session, we want to dive into what it is you’re looking for. Do you want to lose weight? Climb Mt. Rainier? Look better naked? Get stronger? And then we want to dive into WHY.
Understanding the “why” is extremely helpful in setting our goals. Why do you want to lose weight? It can be as simple as personal pride or that your family has a history of chronic disease. And if we don’t know that “why” then we won’t truly know or understand you. And like Dale Carnegie said, “the deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
You deserve to find a gym that appreciates exactly who you are!
3: Ask, “Do the gyms near me offer nutrition coaching?”
Yes! The best gyms should offer nutrition coaching.
Our primary tools for fitness aren’t just barbells and pull-ups. It’s also helping you figure out what’s going on in the kitchen.
The founder of CrossFit defined fitness in 100 words: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, clean-and-jerk and snatch.
Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics; Pull-ups, dips, rope climbs, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstands, pirouettes, flips, splits and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc. hard and fast. Five or six days per week, mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.”
That was a lot. But notice the first 26 words are about what you are eating.
In any health and fitness routine, nutrition is responsible for a huge chunk of the results. We see it in our members all the time. Those who do nutrition coaching coupled with training see results way faster.
People quit gyms when they don’t see results. So why not double down on a gym that can help not only within their doors but also in your kitchen.
4: Ask yourself whether you’re searching for a “gym near me” or a “personal trainer near me.”
If you’re new to the fitness game, I highly advise that you start in a one-on-one personal training environment. Fitness can be intimidating. You will feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. Don’t get lost in a sea of terminology and equipment you don’t understand.
A gym in your area that offers personal training is the best place to start. You may even find that you enjoy the one-on-one environment more than group training.
At EBCF we start all our new clients in a private one-on-one On-Ramp program set around their schedule.
At EBCF, we offer both small group AND personal training services. And we have found that personal training has worked best for:
Clients dealing with a pre-existing injury.
Older clients that might not love jumping in class with 20- and 30-somethings.
Clients who want to make sure they get that extra level of attention.
Clients who aren’t looking for a group setting.
So don’t just throw out some common search terms and sign up with the first gym you find on Google. This is your life and the key to it is your health which is worth your due diligence.
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Inspiration provided by Rob Connors at SignumCrossFit.com.