Pick­ing the right gym

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BMS INDULGE - By ELLEN WHYTE

JOIN­ING a fit­ness club or a gym is sim­ple; the prob­lem is that spend­ing the money isn’t mo­ti­vat­ing. In fact, for many of us, spend­ing the money is some­how the equiv­a­lent of ac­tu­ally work­ing out – which means it’s ac­tu­ally coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.

If you’re keen to add a bit of ex­er­cise to your rou­tine, here are some tips that will help you pick a place you want to go to.

Lo­ca­tion is im­por­tant. If you have to travel to get there, you’re not go­ing. It will be too wet, hot, busy, or the car park will be full, closed, or so empty it’s creepy.

Make sure that your gym is five min­utes from the house. And look for one that has easy park­ing fa­cil­i­ties that

match the times the gym is open.

Find your match

You want to be com­fort­able, so find a place where you feel good. Are you a no-frills per­son? Or do you want piped mu­sic, aro­mather­apy and a juice bar? Do you want to work out with lots of people or are you a loner?

Sur­vey clubs as you would a part­ner by vis­it­ing at times you would work out. If it doesn’t feel right, move on.

Equip­ment main­te­nance

You’re go­ing to be work­ing out here, so check the equip­ment – and the show­ers. Some clubs look good when it comes to ma­chines but don’t have ad­e­quate show­ers, lock­ers or cu­bi­cles. So check the place out like you’re go­ing to live there.

Read the fine print

The brochure is go­ing to tell you how won­der­ful ev­ery­thing is but it may not re­late to the ac­tual con­tract. Make sure you know how to get in and out.

Look for sneaky “sev­er­ance fees” and Google the gym for re­views or feed­back.

Rather than hand over your credit card, keep con­trol by set­ting a monthly trans­fer with your bank.

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