How to get the most out of your gym membership
Gym memberships don’t come cheap. At the lower end of the scale, you could pay around £20 per month to join a gym, while some swanky gyms in London charge members an eye-watering £575 monthly fee.
Whatever you end up paying, you’ll want to get your money’s worth. Yet, with the average gym-goer shelling out £550 annually on membership and only going 13.5 times, this equates to a very costly £40 per visit.
In order to ensure you get the most out of your gym membership and make every penny count, the following tips might come in handy.
Choose a gym that’s convenient to get to. You’re more likely to visit it than one that’s too far away.
The right gym
Take a good look around several gyms before you become a member. Every gym is different, so pick one that feels right for you. Factors such as size, atmosphere, clientele and classes on offer should be considered when deciding which gym suits you best. You’re more likely to visit a gym if you feel comfortable with it.
Gyms can get busy at peak times, which could result in you having to wait around for your favourite items of equipment. The pool might also get chock-a-block which could mean you can’t do lengths comfortably. If you want to reap the most benefits from your gym membership, visit the gym when it’s least busy. Additionally, don’t sign up to a gym that has opening times that don’t fit into your daily routines.
Do something different
It’s easy to stick to what you know when joining a gym, as it makes you feel comfortable and lets you easily slide into a regular routine. However, you could be missing a trick. Not only will your body not gain extra benefits if you do the same exercises all the time, but you could be paying for facilities that you don’t use. See what activities, classes or workouts are included in your gym membership that you haven’t tried before. Give each one a go. You never know, you might find something new that you enjoy!
Get it right
Your gym membership could prove a waste of time if you aren’t using the equipment properly. Even worse, it could put you in line for an injury if you’re not following correct form or technique. To make every gym session count, it’s worth spending your initial visits under the watchful eye of a personal trainer. They will teach you how to use machines and equipment properly so that you form good training habits from the outset. Some gyms may offer free personal trainer sessions to begin with, but even if you do have to pay towards this, it’s worth it in the long run.
Many gyms offer freebies, so find out what your gym has to offer and take advantage of these. This could include free day passes for friends or family, free childcare while you exercise or free family swim sessions.
Plan your visits
Getting into a routine of visiting your gym will ensure you maximise your membership, so plan when you’ll go next and write it in your diary. It’s often a good idea to join a gym with a pal, so you can encourage and motivate each other to turn up. Remind yourself how much you have paid for your gym membership, and if you’ve let your visits slip recently, shock yourself into action by working out how much each session is currently costing you.