Shopping for a Gym. What do I look for?
January 21, 2014 6:17 PM Subscribe
After a year of half-assed solo weight lifting. I've decided to take the green's advice and tie my fitness to a specific activity. I'm thinking of joining a rock climbing/crossfit gym in my area. I've never been a member of a gym before (except during college), and I don't really know what to look out for and pay attention to while checking it out during the free trial.
posted by nickhb to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
So here's the full situation
-I'm in ok shape, but I really want to focus on my fitness, lose the pudge, and gain some muscle. I've been doing some weights in the morning on my own, but I struggle with motivation. I can tell I'm half-assing it.
-This gym has full climbing/bouldering facilities, and pro membership (60-75 dollars a month) comes with unlimited access and yoga, tai chi, and kungfu classes at no additional cost.
-It also has an attached crossfit-esque gym called "primal fitness". You get unlimited classes there for an additional 60 dollars a month.
I've been climbing a few times, and it's one of the very few physical activities I unequivocally enjoyed. I think that the group environment will be very good for me. Now, the cons
-$120 per month is a significant investment. I can afford it, but it's enough to give me pause.
-I have gym anxiety. I've posted about it before. I'm ok with some pressure and toughness (that's why I'm joining a gym), but I am absolutely not ok with "tear you down to build you up". It seriously gives me panic attacks.
So what should I ask them? What should I be looking for? What's important here? I'm a fitness newbie