We get easily fascinated with those full-length advertising hoardings of models with curvy and six packs body abs, beautifully structured road facing workout areas with transparent glasses.
Incontrovertibly, these health clubs are turning out as a million dollar a year “powerhouses”. In the expectations of burning those undesired calories and with a dream of getting a proper shape, countless people are joining health clubs every day.
Despite, tough financial times, these fitness clubs have managed to stay crowded with members. Unlike men who are always up for a fit and healthy physic, girls do join these fitness clubs for supercilious curves and perfect shape.
This craze is perhaps a reason behind the awe-inspiring success of these fitness clubs. This desperation of ours, act like a spark and without doing any sort of R&D, we buy an endlessly annoying experience; we join a ‘good for nothing’ sort of club.
Let me share a few tips that you can check before you sign off membership documents.
Do you know what you want
We all know, health clubs are customized according to their establishment and other relevant requirements and they are built around specific needs. Give it a closer check. List down your preferences and priorities before you actually start with your inspection and choose one.
The club you are going to sign your membership with, whether offering the features you are looking for or not. Do you have any specific preferences like for the time, duration, group, and diet?
Do you think they have enough resources that you might be looking to meet your goals? Do not miss asking questions about costing, your expectations of services, style of training, and the types of equipment used.
Should you not consider these attributes, you may have to face disappointment at a later stage and you will be having doubts about your progress down the road.
Try it out before you buy
The First impression is the last impression. Most of the fitness clubs do offer free guest passes. It is always good to give it a check before you actually join. The reputation means a lot, especially in show biz.
Check out with the big guys of the club and ask them how they are doing with the gym. Try to find a fitness club that meets your needs and is within the walking distance from your place; walk and gym, gym and jog.
Always remember, no matter whichever club you with, a certain level of professionalism has to be there.
Do give a closer note of the things like how were greeted, whether you were allowed to have a walk through the gym, were you being asked for your preferences for exercises, classes, and timings, what scores would you be giving the club for cleanliness and workout machines?
Just imagine, the moment you walk in, no greetings, no sightseeing, no personal inquiries about your requirements and you are bulldozed towards the membership sale area. “Sirf bechne tak matlab hai.”
Fees and hidden costs
“We are expensive because we have hefty and expensive machines that do miracles.” A favorite excuse used by most of the fitness clubs for justifying their fees (comparatively higher than that of others in the areas).
Do I really need those machines? Forget not to check the cancellation policies, late fees penalties, payment schedules, are you paying on a monthly basis or yearly, and other hidden costs.
Give it a good search. You are going to surrender the most precious asset of yours that is ‘health.’ You got to be a little picky here, do not just join any fitness club.