What am I looking for?

Finding the right gym can be a struggle in and of itself. You want to feel comfortable and that the location you’re going to, in the case of the bigger chains, has every piece of equipment and the amenities that you’re looking for. 

Another thing that comes to mind in the search for the right fitness facility is what do you do when you want to try personal training? This element adds another plethora of things to consider in choosing the type of gym that you desire to settle into for your fitness goals. 

Today, we want to look at a couple things with you. First off, what are some things to be looking for in choosing the gym that is best for you? And secondly, we’ll discuss some essential qualities to seek out in a personal trainer. Thankfully, yes, it is truly possible to find all of the things that work for you in both your gym and personal trainer choices in one location!

What are some things I should look for in a gym?

The list we’ve compiled below takes an overall approach to one’s search for a fitness home and examines it from the perspective of a few key points that should be taken under advisement.

1. Hours

Not all of us have the schedule of a normal 9-5 job. Some of us prefer working out late at night or early in the morning when the wait times for certain machines are little to non-existent. Most of the larger gym chains are open 24 hours, or were before the days of quarantines and such. When looking for the gym that fits you and your fitness goals best, be sure to have a look at their hours. Also, most gyms have a trial period to test out their facilities. It’s important to take advantage of this for any gym that you’re considering joining. When you do take advantage of a guest pass, be sure to treat it as if you’re actually doing the hours you would if you had an actual membership.

2. Features and Amenities


Be sure in any gym search that the location you choose has all of the equipment you like to use in your workouts, as well as new apparatus you may want to explore. Do a thorough walk-through of the facility when touring it. Check the weights, the individual exercise machines, and all of the cardio equipment that the gym has to offer. Does the gym have a pool, spa, or even recreation courts like racquetball or basketball you can use?

3. Childcare


Not everyone has the ability to come to the gym alone.  Sometimes as a working parent, you’re unable to get away on your own for a bit to indulge in a fitness routine. Check that the gym you’re considering has a childcare option at their locations. Most do these days.


Those are just a few of the large items to keep in mind when choosing a gym location. 


Now let’s look at some of the qualities you should be taking into consideration when interviewing a potential personal trainer. Personal training is exactly that; it’s personal, so not every trainer is right for every client. Most gyms will have options when it comes to the personal trainer you choose for your fitness goals. Take the time to meet with them until you find the one that you click with. Until then, here are a few things to evaluate when you’re meeting with trainers.

4. Passion


A great personal trainer will be passionate about what they do. They’re invested, not just in their own fitness, but fully invested in you achieving your fitness goals. An effective and positive approach will not only keep you motivated, but quicker than you will realize, it will have rubbed off on you too!

5. Focus


Be sure you choose a trainer that isn’t standing there commenting on your form that they’re not seeing because they’re replying to a text message or checking social media.

6. Certified


This one is self-explanatory. Be sure they have the credentials and knowledge to contribute to your fitness success. 

7. You enjoy their company


You’re going to be spending a lot of time with this person. You should enjoy the time you do spend together. Plus, they’re going to be the one you’re depending on to hold you accountable, as well as push you to achieve your goals. 


Instead of sitting down and researching “personal training near me,” go out and tour some gyms near you today. You can find all of these qualities and more in the personal training staff at an Elev8 gym near you.


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