Made a resolution to get fit? While belonging to a gym isn’t necessary, it does make working out a lot more social. Finding your perfect gym match isn’t as simple as picking the one closest to you that fits your budget (although location is a major component). To find the gym that’s right for you, Fitness Director at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers Josh Fly offers these tips:
- Pick a gym with lots of options for working out so you don’t get bored. While a barebones gym with weights and cardio machines may be cheaper, a gym that offers a variety of group fitness classes like boxing, Pilates, cycling and yoga will help beat boredom (and keep your muscles guessing).
- Be sure that the gym values expertise. Pick a gym with personal trainers who have accredited, top certifications such as those from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), The American Council on Exercise (ACE), The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) an The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). If they have a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) accreditation, it’s even better!
- When spring fever hits, it’s nice to have the option to go for a group run outside or do yoga on a sundeck. Look for gyms that offer an outdoor component.
- Don’t let your new membership card collect dust. Find a gym that offers team and small group training to keep you accountable.
- Each gym has its own personality (from the type of clientele it attracts to the music it plays to the amenities it offers), so pick a gym where you like the vibe.
Make sure your fitness resolutions stick by creating an actionable plan: work out four times a week vs. stay fit. In a recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers found that committing to a specific plan makes you more likely to accomplish your goal.