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The first step in choosing the best physical fitness center is finding out what your options are. This means visiting fitness centers in your area, taking note of how far from your home or office the center is, how long it would take to get there even in traffic, and researching fees and facilities. Narrow down your search by eliminating any physical fitness center that is too far away; remember that the farther away it is, the less likely you will be to commit to going regularly. Visit each center and take note of the different facilities offered.
Most physical fitness center employees are happy to give you a tour of the facilities when you visit. It's a good idea to ake these tours and ask questions about the exercise machines and other facilities that you are likely to use regularly. Be sure to ask if there are any additional fees beyond membership fees for classes, equipment, specific rooms, and so on. Gym and fitness center fees will vary significantly, so take careful notes about what charges you are likely to incur. Many physical fitness center fees include an initiation fee, which can be a significant fee you must pay before setting foot in any of the facilities. Be sure to find out what these initiation fees are, and if any discounts or specials are available. Family and corporate discounts are very often offered.
Just because a particular physical fitness center has the equipment you are looking for does not mean that equipment is in good working order. Ask the tour guide about maintenance and replacement of worn-out machines, and take note of the current condition of the equipment already in the facility. Take note of the cleanliness of the facility as well, and look for employees cleaning equipment or straightening up in the workout rooms. Pay very close attention to locker rooms, where germs, bacteria, and moisture are most likely to cause problems.
Find out if there are any trainers on staff, and what their qualifications are. If those trainers teach classes, find out what classes are offered and when. Be sure to take note as to whether the classes are offered at various times to accommodate different schedules, and make sure there are different classes for different ability levels. If you are considering participating in a specific activity or class, inquire about fees, facilities, and staff specifically for that activity.
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