Gyms/Health Clubs

Gyms/Health Clubs

Gyms/Health Clubs
Gyms offer access to equipment, exercise classes and personal trainers. Exercising at a gym offers benefits such as scheduled exercise classes, which help establish a routine. Also, exercising along with other people is a good motivator in meeting fitness goals.

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    As the Nike logo goes, Just Do It!  This reasoning may be easier said than done.  Prior to joining any gym, figure out your fitness level.  Are you active and ready to take your fitness to the next level but do not have the equipment needed?  Or are you inactive and hope that joining a gym will help you become active?  Both of these answers may be yes but you still need to find the appropriate facility for you.  Now is the time to do your research.  Here is a quick list of items you should use when visiting your next facility:

    • Would this facility be on the way to or from work?
    • If no to the above, would this facility be within 3-5 miles of your house?
    • Does this facility offer personal training and/or the opportunity to meet with a trainer for free to see if personal training would be something of interest to you?
    • Group exercise classes available?  These are great ways to teach people exercise and often included with your membership
    • Do you have to sign a contract and are there ways to get out of the contract?

    Use these and more prior to deciding about joining.  Lastly, many gyms will allow you a free day/week pass so try that out and that may help you decide.

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    Not necessarily. A health club that is perfect for one person might be abhorrent to another. You should join the health club that best suits your needs based on hours of operation, location convenience, and the culture that you experience when you first walk in. All of these things should outweigh how big the gym is or how many amenities it has.

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    Its important to choose a gym/fitness club that is convient to you. If you choose a gym that takes a half an hour to get to and is on the other side of town, chances are you will not be consistant with going.  It becomes an easier excuse to say your too tired or other things get in the way instead of going to the gym to get your fitness in your day. Choose a gym that is closer to your home or work so that it would be easy to incorporate fitness into your everyday lifestyle.

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    Think about these points when choosing a gym:

    • Try it out. Most reputable clubs will allow you to work out free at least once before joining. That way you can test the equipment and the atmosphere. Do your workout at the time of day that you normally plan to work out to see how crowded the club gets and how long you would have to wait for machines.
    • Find out about classes. Ask to see a class schedule and talk to some instructors. Find out if classes are free with your membership.
    • Find out if someone is regularly on staff to answer questions about your workout. Good gyms will have someone available to teach you how to use all of the equipment properly for free. Find out, too, if your gym has personal trainers who can take you through your workout. This usually involves a fee (be particular who you choose as your trainer -- in most city clubs, the fee for a personal trainer is thirty-five to eighty dollars an hour). Although you might not want to use a trainer all the time, having a pro look at your workout every once in a while can do wonders to improve your technique.
    • Join a gym that is close to your home or work. Fitness club gurus have what they call the "twelve-week/twelve-mile" hypothesis: Most people who join will work out for only the first twelve weeks of their membership, and only if the club is less than twelve miles from their home or office. Find a place that's close and convenient.
    • Consider the atmosphere. Pick a gym where you feel comfortable. Look at the individuals who go there and think about how you would feel working out among them. Maybe working out with the "twenty-somethings" makes you strive for more. Or maybe you prefer a place that offers classes designed particularly for people over sixty. Some clubs are geared exclusively or primarily to women, and others are more geared to men. Shop around and decide what best fits you.
    • Check out the equipment. Does it look new? Is it of good quality? Is it what you need for your workout? Don't believe promises about new equipment that's coming in "next week." I prefer a club that not only has the equipment I like, but also the equipment I might use if I develop an injury. So if a club does not have several unused elliptical machines and several unused rowing machines at the time I am most likely to exercise, I recommend choosing another club.
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    Determine whether the club matches up with your specific preferences. Beyond that, look for a studio that has convenient locations and a very interactive staff. Ensure that the personal trainers are certified by a nationally accredited institution and that the studio carries liability insurance. This way, you can feel confident that the staff is knowledgeable and will safely lead you to your health and fitness goals.

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    If you have a hard time finding your way around the gym ask for an orientation session. With this, you’ll be linked up with a staff member that will show you around,  and if a personal trainer, maybe even bring you through a guided workout session. If you want to participate in group exercise classes, make sure you take home a class schedule and come back to try out a few classes you feel you may like. After some time, everything will begin to click and make sense, and you’ll be helping out someone else that’s new find his or her way around!
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    As a health-club member, a person demonstrates a commitment to improving his quality of life. Whether he knows it or not, he is a role model for family and friends. Studies have shown that a person’s social circle has a significant impact on acceptable behavior. If those one interacts with regularly are sedentary and make poor nutrition choices, one is more likely to do the same. Conversely, by taking care of one's health, a person similarly influences those he cares most about.
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    You don't have to join a gym unless you like to get the motivation from watching others. The gyms have a lot of machines that don't let you use the core muscles unlike doing push ups for example you need to engage not only your chest muscles but the core as well to keep up the good form.

    Calisthenics do not require equipment. There are many exercises hard enough to make you gain muscle and lose fat at home. Gyms are expensive and usually not convenient. Stick to a home routine and save time and money. Use a gym only with a personal trainer so you are not wondering around on how to use the equipment. The gym can be a change o f pace if you are looking to get into group exercise classes or learn from others.

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    You don't need a gym membership to workout so you should definitely consider finding fitness a routine that works for you. While a gym may offer an assortment of equipment to aid in your workout, there are many activities you can do that require little to no equipment and cost very little or are free. Walking is probably one of the easiest fitness activities you can do without spending any money and can be a great boost to your cardiovascular health. Fitness DVDs are another way to get a great cardio workout and you can do them at home. DVDs can be purchased at a variety of stores or your local library may even have fitness titles available to borrow. A pair of hand weights or a set of resistance bands are other relatively inexpensive items that can really help you with the strength training portion of your routine. Many cities have used sporting good stores which can be a huge help if you feel like you need exercise equipment to workout but are on a tight budget.
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    Aerobic exercise, such as walking and running, increases cardiovascular endurance. Anaerobic exercise, such as weight training and sprinting, does not affect cardiovascular endurance and increases muscles strength. Isometric exercise is a form of physical exercise in which the muscles flex and hold a stationary position. Stretching should be done in anticipation of physical exercise. It is the act of applying tensile force to muscles in the attempt to lubricate and lengthen them.

    Several machines and props have been popularized and used in the home as part of a "home gym" as part of an aerobic, anaerobic, isometric or stretching exercise routine. Experts recommend trying all exercise equipment before making a purchase. Machines vary greatly in price based on the features that they offer. It is also stressed that individuals take their workout habits into consideration as well as the space available before making any purchases.

    Elliptical machines are a slight variation from cross-country machines that were made popular in the 1980s. These machines are available for residential or fitness club use. These machines feature a low impact elliptical motion, which is also used in elliptical cross training, allowing a user to move through an exercise in a smooth, fluid manner. Some manufacturers claim that the machines offer a total body workout in 20 to 30 minutes. These machines are appropriate for all fitness levels and maximize the time spent exercising while minimizing the wear and tear on joints. As a break from the standard treadmill, ellipticals may add variety and keep an individual motivated. Machines offer the ability to burn up to 720 calories an hour. This number will however vary based upon body mass and workout intensity.

    Treadmills are indoor exercise machines that allow for indoor running without moving any distance. The treadmill is based on a belt system that moves over the top of the machine and allows the runner to move an equal distance. Runners can vary their gradient as well as their speed.

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