Fri. Dec 14th, 2018

5 Tips to Choose Your Gym

Choose Your Gym
  • When you decide to get into sport, going to the gym is often the best way to get motivated! But beware, if you choose your gym badly, you could quickly demotivate … Here are my 5 tips to choose your gym!

  • This may seem surprising, but it is for me the most important criterion for choosing a gym, especially if you are new to the gym! Resuming the sport is not always motivating so if in addition you have to cross the whole city, there is a good chance that the journey time becomes an excuse not to go. Personally, when I wanted to get back to the sport, I tested several sports halls, some of them quite far from home.
  •  And it was always a factor of demotivation when the room was too far away. Today, my room is 10 minutes walk from home and it’s been more than four years that I go, always with the same pleasure! So even if today you are super motivated, do not forget that it may not always be the case. Choose an easily accessible room

 

  • TIMETABLE OF THE SPORTS HALL

Again, although it may seem like a detail, it’s a factor that can actually be very important! Nothing worse than getting motivated to go to the room after a long day of work and realize that there will not be enough time to train because the room closes too early. Same thing in the morning! Even if getting up earlier to train before work may seem impossible, you will see that it is sometimes a very good option because you will have less chance to be demotivated if you go in the hour after your awakening only after a whole day to have time to find excuses! If you prefer to practice on weekends, also check the days and hours of operation. Short,

  • THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE SPORTS HALL

Depending on the sports hall, the atmosphere may be different. Some rooms are also very busy at certain times which can be very demotivating. Nothing worse than waiting for a machine or not being able to follow his program because the device you wanted to use is not available. 

However, you may spend a lot of time in the coming weeks! It is therefore very important to feel good about it. Before you commit, do not hesitate to test the gym. This will allow you to get an idea of the atmosphere and check that it suits you. Most gyms offer you a free test session or the opportunity to pay for a single session. 

Above all, think of testing the sports hall at times when you will usually go to avoid unpleasant surprises! Also, check the cleanliness of the sanitary facilities while you are there, you never know … Make sure that you feel good in this room and that coming back will be a pleasure. The atmosphere is an important criterion to choose your gym especially if you do not feel comfortable to register in the gym (think about reading my article how to overcome his fear of the gym if it is)

SPORTS OFFER AND EQUIPMENT

So far, I have mostly spoken about “environmental” criteria, which is the setting in which you will train. It’s time to take a look at what brings you to the sports hall, that is to say … The sports you will practice! And yes, some rooms are dedicated to weight training free weights, others are rather geared to machines or even group classes. 

Here too, everything depends on what you are looking for! Personally, I find that a good room should necessarily offer a weight space with free weights. Although the machines are very fashionable and seem at the forefront of technology, I think nothing beats dumbbells and free bars! Check not only the material offered but also the number! If you practice squat several times a week, Make sure there is at least a squat rack or smith machine. 

Side cardio, look at the condition and the number of machines because they are often very popular! Many rooms today offer mixed spaces and put functional training in the heart of their sports hall. Finally, if you prefer collective classes, here too check the offer and the frequency. If the body fight class you want is à la carte but not at the times that suit you, you can never enjoy … To think before choosing his gym.

OTHER SERVICES OF THE SPORTS HALL

Yes, I know you say, I take the sport, I will come and do my meeting and hurry to leave as soon as possible. So the rest does not matter to me. But you will see that in fact, our gym becomes a real place of life and the services offered around the sport are very important! To be able to benefit from a towel at each training session instead of having forgotten to take or wash yours. To be able to take a post-training meal in a suitable space rather than in the locker room among the members who are changing. 

Enjoy a sauna or steam room to relax after workout. Or have the free daily newspaper, take advantage of personalized coaching or simply coaches available to advise you. These are the kinds of services that never interested me in every attempt I made to get back into the sport. And yet, today, it is these little extras offered by my gym that I appreciate very much. The practice of fitness has evolved a lot and today sports halls are developing more and more services around training!

 I even saw child care centers abroad while you’re training. In short, think of all these small details when choosing a gym that will make your sport a pleasure and not a constraint! The practice of fitness has evolved a lot and today sports halls are developing more and more services around training! I even saw child care centers abroad while you’re training. In short, think of all these small details when choosing a gym that will make your sport a pleasure and not a constraint!

 The practice of fitness has evolved a lot and today sports halls are developing more and more services around training! I even saw child care centers abroad while you’re training. In short, think of all these small details when choosing a gym that will make your sport a pleasure and not a constraint!

MY GYM: CMG SPORTS CLUB

Here are some tips that will help you I hope to choose your gym. Personally, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I train for several years at the CMG Sports Club and I am more than satisfied! The CMG Sports Club network, with its 22 clubs in the Paris region meets all of my criteria! Of course I tried other sports halls but in the end, I always ended up dropping because the room did not make me want to go. Of course, these are “excuses”. When we want we can be sure. 

But, remember that there will also be times when motivation will no longer be maximized. In these moments, it is because we really appreciate its gym and it is close to home that clings and we continue to go! Of course, there are other criteria such as the price, the duration of the subscription or other criteria that will be important to you. But my experience in the good and bad sides, makes me say that even if the price is important, after a few months, it no longer counts for motivation. I do not know anyone who went to the room just because he paid a subscription every month contrary to what is sometimes said when choosing his gym!

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