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Tips to Help You Decide on a Fitness Club

By Charles Hopkins Published 05/25/2007 | Fitness

Joining a fitness center is a big decision, mainly because of the cost involved. If you are like most people, you want to get the best value for your money. A lot of fitness centers will want you to sign contracts. These contracts may be very hard to get out of, so it is important that you are happy with the fitness center that you choose. This information will give you a few tips on how to choose the best fitness center for you.

The first thing to consider is what kind of workouts you want. Do you want to swim, do aerobics, weight train or have access to classes like Karate or Pilates? Once you decide on the type of workouts that you want, the next step is to look around. Do some research. Compare the fitness centers in your area to see what is available to you. The following is a list of things to consider when choosing a fitness center.

Check the overall cleanliness of the equipment and the exercise areas. Ask the staff what measures are taken to disinfect equipment between uses. Diseases and fungal infection can be spread very easily on poorly disinfected surfaces.

How far is the fitness center from your home and your workplace? If it is clear across town, what are the odds that you will go often?

Take a tour of the facility during the times that you are likely to use it yourself. This will give you a good idea of the crowd that will be there.

Most places will give you a free pass to try out the facility. Take advantage of this and talk with the other members to get their feedback.

Check with your employer to see if you can receive a discount to a fitness center. Occasionally, health insurance companies will provide a discount also.

Another important point; know exactly what is in your contract before you sign it. Read it carefully and if you do not understand something, have someone on staff explain it to you.

What are the benefits of joining a fitness center compared to just working out at home? A fitness center will give you access to many different types of exercise equipment and should have professionals on hand to help you use it. There are also a variety of exercise programs you can join for a more structured weight loss plan. A very important point is that if you are paying for something, you are more likely to use it. Joining with a friend can even be a greater motivator. It is always more fun to workout with someone else, than by yourself.

The decision to join a fitness center is totally up to you. But if you are serious about wanting to get in shape and lose weight, it can be a good decision.