When you are new to the fitness lifestyle (welcome!), it can be difficult to determine which gyms best suit your needs. There are many factors to consider, and some are no doubt more important to you than others.
Before you make a decision and sign up, visit a few local gyms during the time when you would normally be exercising. Set yourself up for success for choosing the fitness centre that will inspire your active lifestyle.
Here’s a few pointers to get you started on your search:
Find a gym close to home.
Most people, despite their best intentions, won’t regularly drive more than 15 minutes.
Use Google Maps or another online tool to plot all gyms within a five-mile radius. A gym needs to be accessible and convenient if you are going to get value from your membership.
Balance HealthClub in Kettering offers a variety of different activities alongside your usual gym membership, including squash courts, and a 12 x 10m pool to relax and unwind after your workout!
Investigate the hours of operation, including holidays and weekends. Make sure the facility will be open at the times you intend to train.
Pure Gym in Corby are a 24 hour, 7 day a week operation.
With no contract, and over 50 free classes, you’ll find plenty of variety in this gym.
What type of strength training machines do they have, and how many?
Several broken machines are a bad sign. Ask about other equipment that is available for your use, including yoga balls, medicine balls, TRX straps, exercise mats, boxing bags, kettle bells, and stackable steps.
The Cave in Corby specialises in Strength & Conditioning, along with Strongman training. Not just for men though, The Cave also have a dedicated Ladies Only area for uninhibited training.
Classes and Personal Training
What schedule of classes are offered at the gym?
Are they included in your membership fee, or do they cost extra?
Can you attend a sample class for free? Is personal training available, and at what cost?
What’s the Best Gym in Kettering?
This really depends on what you’re after from a gym membership, and is a very personal choice. Consider the above points, and everything each gym offers to make an informed decision.
So before you go off and sign a 3 year contract at the first gym you walk into, shop around a bit, ask some questions, and even ask about what kind of trial memberships are available.
Often you can get a one week free pass to try out a gym before making any commitments, which is the perfect chance to see if a particular gym meets your needs.
If it is lacking some things, chances are there is another gym out there that isn’t, so keep it in mind, but move on to the next place. After enough looking, you are bound to find one that will match your workout personality perfectly!