Joining a gym can be intimidating. In fact, it’s often the last barrier to getting started on a program that will change your body and lifestyle forever.
Here are the 7 questions you should ask to avoid wasting your time and energy.
- How long does it take to change your body? You’ve probably heard that you can lose 30 lbs. in 3 weeks using a shake weight while grabbing takeout. Even if that were true, you would not learn HOW to live a healthy lifestyle. The truth is, it depends on a variety of factors including the time since you were working out consistently, genetics, amount of lean muscle, post natal metabolic implications, and more. The important thing is that you get coaching on how to properly assess your results based on YOU. One client could lose 15 lbs. in 3 weeks in a healthy way while the next would be thrilled with 5 lbs. in the same span of time.
- How many times a week should I workout? The answer here also varies based on the person. To keep this simple, shoot for 3-4 days a week. You want 3 workouts in a week to be a bad week and 4 workouts a week the norm.
- How much should I pay? This depends on what you get. You may be thinking “of course you’re going to say that” but it’s the truth :). If you go somewhere and all they offer is classes then you should look to pay anywhere from $12-20 per session. However, if you get a more comprehensive experience including nutritional guidance and accountability then you’re investing in results, not “paying for classes”. Results are more valuable.
- Does the staff care? You have to simply listen and watch the vibe in the place. This one is more of an implied question. You should notice it from the very second you walk in the door.
- How will my progress be judged? Some people are perfectly happy just noticing subtle results in the mirror, but it really helps to know what kind of tangible results you can expect. It doesn’t have to be all according to the scale. It can be bodyfat % or inches but it MUST be done. It’s simply like programming and re-programming your GPS to get where you need to go.
- What is the schedule? You need plenty of options if you have a busy schedule. If you’re reading this there’s a good chance that you do.
- How hard will the workouts be? This is a great question and the answer is actually pretty nuanced. The workouts should be catered to the individual member. The intensity should be up to a combination of your trainer or gym pushing you and your willingness to push yourself. However, it’s smart to consider what the atmosphere is like. If you go to a powerlifting gym and your goal is to lose 15-20 lbs and get in general shape it may not be a good fit.
We hope this helps you make a decision on how to investigate joining the best fitness community for your goals. If you have any questions like us on Facebook and send us a message!
Owner, Fuel Rx Fitness