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Where do you begin? Fortunately, there are more choices available today than in
any other time in history. The fitness craze has opened many doors of
opportunity and alternatives for the average person seeking a healthier lifestyle.
This is a serendipity for the serious body builder. The “corner gym” is fast
becoming as popular as the “corner pub.”
There was a time when the only “equipment” a serious body builder had were
barbells and benches. Often a trip to the gym meant entering a dark, cave-like
atmosphere in a less than desirable area of larger cities. By contrast, the gyms of
today are usually bright, cheerful, open facilities boasting the latest in equipment
and amenities. You can find them in the most upscale neighbourhoods and
double as popular meeting and greeting places.
Most offer a variety of membership packages and many will offer a brief trial
period allowing you to “test” the facility to determine if it meets your needs.
When you do make a decision to join a fitness facility, there are a number of
points to consider.
Choosing a quality fitness facility or health club requires caution. The following
guidelines can help:
￿ Shop around. Ask friends, co-workers, and your physician for
￿ Call several clubs to find ones that match your interests and budget.
￿ Check with the Better Business Bureau for reliability reports on clubs you are
￿ Visit the club at the time of day you will use it.
￿ Talk to members and staff.
￿ Are the hours and location convenient?
￿ Does the club have facilities and services that suit your needs?
￿ Are the equipment, exercise areas, and locker rooms clean and well-
￿ Is the facility overcrowded?
￿ Does the club limit new membership to prevent future crowding?
￿ Is the atmosphere friendly?
￿ What are the qualifications of the staff?
￿ Do they have appropriate education and training?
￿ Do they take an interest in and assist with individual goals and progress?
￿ Carefully consider the contract. Take a copy home to read thoroughly before
signing. Stay away from clubs that pressure you to sign on the spot!
￿ Does the contract list all services and facilities? All oral promises should be
written down.
￿ What is the total cost and payment schedule, including enrolment fees and
finance charges?
￿ Do some services cost extra?