Planning On Joining A Health Club?
In today’s modern world, everyone wants to look after their body and health clubs are big business. But what questions should you be asking? First of all, you should establish the costs involved. Do you need to pay per session or a flat monthly rate? Are you tied into a contract? Some gyms and health clubs may tie you into lengthy contracts from which it could be expensive to escape. What does your fee cover? Make sure you know what you’re getting for your money and find out exactly what’s involved before you commit.
Make sure you establish the health club’s opening hours. Some health clubs only open during evenings and weekends and these are often the busiest times. Many health clubs cater to home workers or those who are free during the day. If so, these are often quiet times and can be very relaxing sessions. Make sure your health club is open at the times you want to go and that all of the equipment and facilities will be available at those times too.
Ask your health club how often they clean and maintain their equipment. Using gym equipment which is covered in other people’s sweat and bacteria is thoroughly unpleasant and gym machinery should be cleaned two to three times per day. However, if the machinery goes unmaintained, this could be the least of your worries. Ensure the machines are regularly inspected and fixed to ensure they are not a danger to users and that you are not likely to compromise your health (or worse) by using their machines.
Are the trainers fully qualified? What certifications do they hold? If you don’t know what the qualifications mean, look them up online. You’re looking for long-term qualifications here; not weekend courses or online certificates. A degree level qualification in a related subject (exercise physiology, athletic training) is desirable. You need to ensure that someone hired to advise you on health and exercise matters is fully qualified to do so. Would you go to a GP without being sure he or she was actually a doctor?
Make sure you ask your health club how you are able to terminate your contract, should you wish to do so. Most health clubs will allow you to pause or suspend your membership for a short while if you attain an injury or are away on holiday. If you want to leave through your own choice, make sure you know what’s involved. Will you have to pay a cancellation fee? How easy is it to break the contract? If you don’t know what you’re signing up for, don’t sign!
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