How to Pick a Health Club

Health, Home & Family, Outdoors, People, Sports
on October 2, 2011

The health club has become a popular way to get or stay in shape and maintain an active lifestyle. A variety of options are available when it comes to health clubs, particularly in suburban areas where large clubs compete for the business of potential members. If you're thinking of joining a health club, do a little research first. If you pick the right facility, it may increase your chances of actually attending on a regular basis. Here are some things to consider before you join a club:

Realities of geography. Picking a club that is close to home may make it more likely that you'll visit the facility on a regular basis.

Amenities. Various health clubs offer different equipment and amenities, such as cardio equipment, weights, sport courts, saunas and pools. The right club is the one that has amenities that you will use. Some clubs may offer a trial membership, allowing you time to experiment with the club's various offerings. Larry North, health expert, author, speaker and proprietor of Larry North Fitness centers in Texas, suggests that a health program should be one that can be done for the rest of a person’s life.

Activities and services. Some people are comfortable working out on their own and do so on a regular basis. Others enjoy working out with groups. If you like a more social experience, seek out a club that offers various types of classes. In addition, some clubs offer personal trainers who can help with individual workout programs. These services may come with an additional fee, but for those who require a level of assistance, the cost may be worth it.

Managing the cost. Health club memberships can be expensive. Select a facility that fits your budget. Some clubs will negotiate different levels of membership depending on whether you're willing to sign up for longer periods of time. Try to familiarize yourself with a club before signing a long-term contract.

Comparing options. Visit a few clubs and compare what each offers. Not all health clubs are the same. Compare and choose the one that you feel is the best fit for you.