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So this is it! This is the year you’re finally going to do it! You’re going to join the gym!  But wait, Before you sign over your card to automatic debits for a monthly fee, here are some questions you should ask yourself before you join in order to maximize your chances of sticking to your routine and gain the body of your dreams.

1. Is it’s location convenient?

Getting to the gym is challenging enough alone! So reduce your odds of staying committed and make sure they gym you choose is close to either your home or where you work. Close, like 15 minutes away.

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2. What’s are the hours of operation?

When you plan on working out is an important quality when considering what gym is right for you. If you want to get there before work and they don’t open until 7 a.m., then this is not the gym for you. Also do you plan on taking classes? If so, check out their current schedule to see if the class times coincide with your availability.

3. Do you fit?

Take a tour no matter what. Look at the upkeep of the facility, is it clean? Do the members look like you, meaning will you fit in or be intimidated by the type of members that currently work out there? How does the gym staff handle the members? Are the current members happy? Don’t be afraid to ask, a candid opinion coupled with your personal assessment will either enhance or diminish your experience, so make sure you fit.

4. Can you afford it?

The higher the quality the gym the higher their membership dues will be. Find out what qualities in a gym are important to you and which ones are not. You pay for what you get so figure it out before signing any contracts. Most gyms offer specials during off peak and peak seasons, such as the New Year when everyone is trying to get in shape, and early Spring when those people have let their resolutions go and membership has declined. Also most rates are negotiable so ask about stipulations in order to get the best rate for you. And lastly consider fronting the cash. Sometimes if you pay for an entire year or even two year membership upfront as opposed to month to month you end up saving major cash. Places like Costco offer deals like this too. A two- year contract to any 24 Hour Fitness is $320. This ends up being $13 a month as opposed to the normal $37 a month. Hello.

5. Does it ride well?

Test drive it. Most gyms will let you workout for free for a couple days or even a week before fully committing. Take advantage of this for this indeed will be the best way to confirm all the above and ensure that you find the perfect gym for you.

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