Friday, June 13, 2014

Gyms as a whole

Going to a gym. Its the socially acceptable thing to do for just about everyone. Its a place where personalities, backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages all clash. And can really lead to some interesting situations, both good...and unfortunately sometimes not  so good. 

Going to the gym, belonging to a gym...or even just working out are all things that society as a whole deems acceptable...almost expected. From Meatheads, to fighters, to weekend warriors, fitness freaks, and cross fit junkies....whatever stereotype you fall under, more then likely there is at least one example in any gym you might walk into with thoughts about joining.

Important things to think about when joining a gym. You need to have goals of what you want to achieve and expectations of the gym in question. Can this facility get to me my dream body? Will I effectively learn how to box? Are there sufficient amounts of equipment for crowded days? How much does it cost? Are contracts involved? How are the trainers? How is the atmosphere? All these things need to be taken into consideration. Some people know exactly what they want. Others might have an idea of what they want. And still others might only be there because "its the right thing to do". A lot of these questions go hand in hand with each other. For example, the cost of a gym membership and the type of experience you get. If you take a chain gym franchise that sells basic memberships for 10 bucks a month, don't be expecting to get advice from any trainers on how to shape up your ass. Don't expect anything more then just using the equipment. Now, on the complete opposite side of things, you walk into a fitness studio where all training is supervised, and results are guaranteed...don't be expecting to have a 10 dollar membership option available to you. Know your goals, know your expectations, then pick a gym accordingly. Yes, Personal training studios, Specialized Training gyms etc. are going to cost  more money, but you should know that walking into it. You get what you pay for. These smaller facilities will give you a much better, much safer, and much more fulfilling fitness experience. After all, you gotta pay to play!

Here's to all the clients that I've signed up for Knockout, who knew what they wanted and found their perfect gym!

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