To find gyms around your area, research gyms online, compare their features, and try out each one. You can typically find a gym that works for you in less than a week.
- Make a list of gyms
Search online for gyms in your area. You can also ask friends or co-workers for a gym recommendation. Find gyms within 10 minutes walking or driving distance from your home so that traveling there isn't an inconvenience.
- Compare the gyms
Research each gym online, or call the facility to find out it offers. Important factors to consider are hours of operation, equipment and any extra classes the gym offers. Find out if multiple types of membership are available, what each type provides, its cost and the length of the membership. Use this information to narrow down your list.
- Visit the gyms
Visit the gym and look at the equipment to make sure it's all working properly. Note the clients of the gym and determine whether you are comfortable exercising around them. Cleanliness is important, particularly in the locker room. Sign up for a free trial if it's offered. Find out if personal trainers are available, and watch how the staff interacts with clients. Visit at the same time you expect to work out, so you know how busy the gym is during that time.