Should I join a gym
Cold, wet and dark weather isn’t exactly motivating. Its the time of year that you just want to wrap a duvet around you sit on the sofa and not go out anywhere. In fact, that is exactly what I have been doing for the last couple of weeks, so I asked myself should I join a gym?
Usually, I wouldn’t over think this and just go and join a gym. However I had to consult the bank….. the bank of Dad that is, with Christmas just around the corner my finances are very tight but I didn’t want to join a budget gym, this time, I fancied something with a pool, sauna and steam room.
In the end, I opted for David Lloyd.It’s not the cheapest health club on the market but I managed to get a really good deal and it’s on my doorstep. Result
Don’t get me wrong there are benefits to training in the cold weather such as activating your brown fat cells and should make you move more to warm up!. How motivated are you to face the cold or should you ask yourself the same question?
Should I join a gym?
Is it for me?
Most definitely!. There really isn’t any excuse, trust me I have heard them all. After speaking with many people who are overweight or never been to a gym before it becomes apparent the real reason is……… FEAR.
The fear is real I have experienced it myself with the first gym that I joined my friend dragged me along to a real muscle hardcore establishment but looking back at it that was my beginning in fitness. they were so passionate and helpful all my assumptions was wrong.
Intimidation isn’t the only FEAR that is experienced from the thought of joining a gym, it’s extremely common for overweight people to feel more “FAT”. In fact, the pre-assumption is the gym will be full of “fit” people. this couldn’t be further from the truth.
I have worked in numerous health clubs, Gyms and fitness centres, up and down the country and I can tell you with great confidence there are loads and loads of out of shape people working out.
Don’t take my word for it, join the 4.4 million British adults who would have started in exactly the same place as you!.
Will the gym help me lose weight?
Absolutely!. But don’t just join a gym turn up and do a bit and expect results, You need a plan., Most health clubs, gyms and fitness centres offer 6 week plans for free they are normally basic, however its more than suitable and will do the job if you’re out of shape or unaccustomed to exercise.
Don’t be scared to ask for help or a review every six weeks or so to keep your body guessing. If its not challenging it wont change you.
What is the difference in health clubs/gyms/fitness centres?
The general rule in telling the difference is this-
- Health Club– normally a “members only” establishment with higher prices than gyms and fitness centres. Prides itself with fantastic customer services and usually focuses on the members journey. Provides an extensive class timetable. membership will also include swimming pools, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi as standard some will offer racquets and usually is a chain across the country.
- Gym- normally will have more options including pay as you go with cheaper monthly memberships in return you usually receive smaller facilities and basic equipment such as resistant machines, free weights and cardio machines and a lot of them are family run.(budget are the exception and usually have good equipment and a chain but no staff to help)
- Fitness Centres – Commonly found on council estates and in recent times have had a lot of money spent on them due to the government selling them to private firms. Great for families as most fitness centres
With that in mind, it’s up to you find your fit, they all have pros and cons. please BE AWARE of terms and conditions before you sign up, ask them to explain the length of commitment, any price hikes, hidden fees and cancellation policies in particular.
Try before you buy
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You’re looking to lose weight and burn fat then try a gym you have nothing to lose but FAT, There is so much choice and help out there!. you’ve just got to take that first step, in this case, your first step is clicking this link and finding out what it feels like to be healthy you won’t regret it.
To answer your question should i join a gym? absolutely you may love it and wish you did it years ago and if you don’t, simply don’t go back!
Please leave comments on anything about this post at the bottom no such thig as a stupid question. In fact, the only stupid question is the one not asked.
P.s Make sure you take water with you and PROPER clothing