Choosing The Perfect Gym For Your Lifestyle
This is it. The wheels on the plane have finally touched down at The Gerald R Ford Airport, and you’ve arrived to your new home. As you step off the tarmac and fill your lungs with the fresh Michigan air, your mind begins to race. You can barely contain your eagerness and excitement to start your brand new life in Grand Rapids. With your housing situation and job all set, it’s time for an all-important decision. Where are you going to work out?
Luckily, here’s a short guide for the things you should consider before you choose your home gym:
Everyone works out for their own reasons. The reason you go to the gym may not apply to the reasons I go to the gym, but we can all agree on one thing: We go to the gym to be healthy. While being healthy is the overall goal for anyone, we each have out own goals to achieve. Those goals might be something long term such as weight loss, or muscle gain. Some people go to clear their heads from the daily stress that plagues their thoughts. Others go to get that feeling of a good sore muscle, knowing they worked their body to the max during their workout.
What are your health goals? Are you looking to lose weight? If so, you may want to use a gym that employs high intensity workouts with trainers. Are you more interested in building muscle? When it comes to muscle gain, nothing beats the old “picking up and setting down heavy weights” mantra that is weight lifting. By lifting heavy weights and combining it with a healthy diet, you will gain muscle over time. If you are simply maintaining your physique, the decision regarding your gym will ultimately come down to exercise preference.
When choosing your home gym, you want to enjoy being there. Or at least have the motivation to be there. If you don’t like the gym you chose, why would you waste the money to have a membership? Choose a gym that has the equipment you want to use. If you are a runner, and don’t feel the need to bulk up, choose a gym focused on cardio and running. Often times, gyms that call themselves “boot camps” will have their curriculum based on body weight, and cardio exercises.
If you want to focus on building muscle and “bulking”, get a gym that has lots of free weights and machines. Having a range of options will allow you to keep your routine from getting stagnant. It is not likely that a gym that is set up for cardio and body-weight exercises will have a bench or squat rack to use, and therefore is probably not the gym you want. While you can build muscle through body-weight exercises, you will want to lift heavy for this, typically.
What does your budget look like? Often times, gym memberships to places that run “boot camps” can be relatively expensive. Be sure to research what kind of services are offered along with gym use. In the cases of “boot camps”, you pay your membership to have trainer-led workouts in a group setting. Other gyms will have different options available, like a basketball court, or track. Some gyms allow members to pick and choose what they want to pay for in their plan. While this seems like it could save you money, it can get expensive as you add perks. A lot of “free” perks are also rolled into your membership fees. If all else fails, find a park to work out at for free!
We all have a busy life. Everyone has responsibilities and time constraints for handling them. It is still imperative to get a workout in every day. It doesn’t have to be a super long workout, even just 30 minutes will suffice. With that being said, it can be hard to block out some time to do this. The best way to make sure you get your workout in, is to make it a priority. If you have to get up a little earlier in the morning to work out, so be it. You will not regret it. You’ll find that you have more energy, focus and better overall health just by getting a short workout in every day.
No matter what your personal health goals are, getting a decent workout in every day will be beneficial. You choose where you want to work out and how. The most important thing isn’t what kind or workout you do every day, but that it gets done. Choosing your home gym does take a little research and testing. Be sure to try out a few different gyms in order to get a feel for the facilities before buying a membership. If you end up buying a membership and not liking it, you can always cancel, and find a new home gym. Make sure to look at the services offered, the equipment available, and the hours they are open when you are making your decision.