Choosing a new gym is not an easy decision, but one I recently decided was time to make! I’ve been working out at the same gym for the past year, and although it’s a good gym, I was starting to think that it wasn’t the best choice for me. Unfortunately, choosing a new gym is a big deal, not only because of the cost, but because you’re loosing a little community that you’ve formed – after all, this is somewhere you go to potentially 3-6 times a week.
When you suddenly find yourself not going to they gym anymore, it’s time to evaluate why. Do you need to workout at a different time of the day? Are you bored or not seeing results and need to meet with a trainer to refresh your routine? Or, are there factors beyond your control at play like lack of equipment and poor gym hours?
My current gym has a lot going for it. It’s large, clean, and has a nice amount of cardio and strength equipment. The spinning room is huge, and I really like having a pool and spa available for workouts. Unfortunately, the time I spent at the gym has been getting shorter and shorter since I moved a few months ago. I sat down and tried to weigh the gym pros and cons, and see what was sabotaging my workouts!
Unfortunately, I noticed that many of the cons were things out of my control. For instance, some days it takes me 30 minutes just to get to the gym and park! When you’re already crunched for time like I am, this becomes a real excuse for not hitting the gym regularly. I decided that the cons I couldn’t change about my current gym where enough to start looking for a new one. I made a wish-list of things I want in a gym based on all of the things I’ve enjoyed the most at facilities I’ve belonged to:
Immediately I started looking for gyms that fit the items on my list. I had 3 gyms within 15 minutes to choose from, including Anytime Fitness, Planet Fitness, and Gold’s Gym. I instantly ruled out Anytime Fitness and Planet Fitness. Although those gyms have good prices and a lot of equipment, they don’t have the exercise and spinning classes I like.
I toured Gold’s Gym, and liked what I found. Not only did they have way more features, like extra cardio equipment, a “cardio theater” where you can exercise and watch movies, and more group fitness rooms, but they had a women-only fitness area. No more trying to get meathead guys off of the equipment while they are “resting,” aka: talking on the phone, talking to friends, or trying to look cool. Plus, I toured the facility during the time I would normally workout, and found that I could get there faster than my current gym, and that it was less crowded.
A few of the items I really wanted, like a lap pool and sport courts, were only available nearby at my current gym, but I decided that I would get more use out of Gold’s circuit area than these amenities.
I signed up and am excited to begin my first workout there!