Jerks are everywhere, but people being jerks in the gym can be especially grating. All you want to do is lift heavy stuff in peace, but there they are, with their sweaty butt imprints on a bench, loud conversations on the phone, and equipment strewn all over the floor. Oops—does that sound like you? Here’s how to make the gym a better place for all.
If you’ve ever signed up for a gym membership, but didn’t end up going that often, you were that gym’s ideal customer. Here are some of the clever methods gyms use hook casual costumers into buying a membership.
What the article missed was: How difficult is it to end your membership? Some have hoops, some are fairly accommodating. If it’s automatically debited, find out when the billing period ends. Then check your statements…
The fee is motivating to me – it makes me want to get some use out for the money.
Ultimately, you need to choose a gym you like. You may never love it (and let’s be honest, it’s hard to love a room specifically designed for a bunch of sweaty people contorting themselves under hunks of metal), but you should at least enjoy the environment enough to keep going back. To make sure you’re making the right decision, consider the following factors:
I prefer body weight exercise (yoga) myself, but it’s about what motivates you and keeps you happy.
Douglas Coupland said or wrote that it was weird that we drive to the gym. The idea of non-exercise activity to do a quick 30 min/etc set… But time is extremely valuable. Not everyone can bike to the gym, or wants to. The last gym I was a member at, didn’t even have any sort of bike rack. I think many rely on either local members, or people willing to drive. That was the case for the last yoga studio I went to – no parking, whatsoever.