Get fit with your own free gym pass today.
It doesn't have to be December 31st to resolve to make a change. For some of us, the mere thought of the gym incites such fear and terror that we abandon our efforts to get fit before we even begin. But it doesn't have to be this way. Gyms are not scary, but don't take our word for it. Why not take advantage of a free gym pass and find out for yourself?
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How to make the most of a free gym pass
Now that you've got the pass, make sure you use it to its full potential. Use the following tips to take full advantage of it and to determine if that gym is right for you:
- Decide what you want. Before you make your first visit to the gym, sit down and have a think about what you want to get out of it. Do you want to lose weight, build muscle, or just improve your fitness? Do you want supportive trainers and lots of classes to chose from? Do you want a big gym where there's hundreds of people, or a smaller gym with a family atmosphere? Once you know what you want you can find out within in a few visits if the gym is right for you.
- Set a goal for yourself. Free gym passes are only valid for a certain amount of time, so set achievable goals based on that time frame. You could set yourself a minimum number of visits to make per week, you could say to yourself that you'll stay at least an hour each time you go for a workout, or you could aim to complete at least one class a week. The key to enjoying the gym is feeling accomplished and this is achievable in the free trial period by meeting or exceeding the goals you set.
- Check out the facilities. You want to familiarise yourself with this gym as much as possible during the free trial period to help you decide whether or not you want to sign up. This is where having decided what you want will come in handy. If you enjoy swimming, see if they have a pool. If you have kids, see if they offer free childcare. The same goes for machines, there's no use getting excited by a thousand weight machines if you're a runner and there's only one treadmill. See how many boxes the gym's facilities tick for you.
- Ask questions. Talk to the staff and other members to see what they like, or don't like, about the gym. You're bound to get some complaints, but don't forget to listen to the positive stuff too. Ask the staff plenty of questions about when their busiest times are, what kind of classes they offer and if they run any special discounts or promotions for members.
- Opening hours? You need to decide the times you'll most likely be free to work out and after making sure the gym is open during these times, you should actually visit the gym during those hours. People who work full time tend to visit the gym at the same time, causing 'peak hours' at the gym which mean long lines for popular machines. If you're struggling to get to a machine or can't find a parking spot, at least you will find out sooner rather than later.
- Where is the gym? The ideal location of your gym isn't always easy to find out. If you opt for a gym closer to your house, it may be easy to drive to and from, but then you have to worry about getting to work. The same goes for signing up for a gym near your work, it's convenient during the week, but what about for a Saturday morning workout? If you can, try and opt for a gym with multiple locations to get the best of both worlds. Tip: If you pick a gym that takes longer than 15 minutes to get to, it'll just give 'future you' an excuse not to go.