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Finding a Gym in a New City

February 7th, 2013 - 10:00 AM

How to Find a Gym in a New City

Staying fit and healthy is important to me. If it is important to you, let’s look at some things to look for in a gym so that you can find a gym in your new city after your move.

Which local gym is right for you?

I spend most of my afternoons after work in the gym. I love the fitness classes, the wide range of equipment, and the extras like the hot tub. What is important to you when it comes to your gym? Start by making a list of all the local gyms in your area. You can find these easily in the phone book or with a simple web search.

Each person will have different needs in their gym. Make a list of your gym needs. What hours are important to you? Do you need childcare available? Do you enjoy kickboxing or Zumba®? Do you want a gym with a nice, big locker room? You have to know what you are looking for so you can narrow down the choices.

Be sure you ask about contract options. Some gyms allow you pay as you go, while others require contracts. Be sure you know these options up front.

Most gyms will allow you to try the gym for free, so take advantage of this and get a feel for the gym.

What to Look for in a Gym

Here are a few things to consider when picking a gym in a new city.

  • Gym location. Be sure the location is convenient for you. If the gym is too far out of the way, you may not go as much.
  • Gym equipment. Visit the gym to see if they have the equipment you desire. Do you like the treadmill? If they only have two treadmills, you may have to wait a while to use one. Make sure they have the equipment that is important to you.
  • Facilities. Do you plan on getting ready at the gym after an early morning workout? Are there showers and plug-ins for your hairdryer? Do you want a sauna or hot tub? If any of these amenities are important to you, be sure you find a gym that offers these things.
  • Peak hours. Visit the gym when you plan on working out. Is it overcrowded? My husband loves to work out after work, but the weights are packed during that time. I enjoy working out in the afternoons, and there are plenty of classes offered then. Make sure your gym time is a good time at the gym.
  • Group fitness classes. If you enjoy classes, be sure and check the schedule to check availability. Try out the classes to see if the class is too crowded and if you like the instructor. Gyms should allow you to try the class for free or at a discounted rate.
  • Price. Be sure you ask for discounts. Gyms give corporate discounts, discounts for paying with automatic draft, or discounts for signing up for a year in advance. Be sure you ask to get the best price possible. Be sure and ask your Human Resource department at work if they offer any discount programs for area gyms.
Be sure you consider these things when looking for a gym in a new city. When you know what to look for in a gym, you will find the perfect place to get your sweat on. Do you have any more tips for finding a gym in a new city? Leave me a comment below so I can add to the list!