Before a guy can do any legwork at a gym, he needs to do a little legwork to
finda gym. Finding a fitness or health club that will meet all your personal
needs and help you stay motivated means taking notes, asking some key
questions, and being realistic and upfront about your goals.
Every New Year, boatloads of guys join gyms, according to personal trainers.
Maybe they're hoping -- finally -- to lose those extra 20 pounds or bulk up
their pecs, or they're recovering from a knee or back operation and need to
help sore or injured muscles get back in form. Sometimes a guy just wants to
improve his golf swing. But a lot of times, after a month or three, a good
number of them stop going to the gym.
You walk into Home Depot or Lowe's to pick up a lightbulb. Instead, you
leave with some new flooring, a circular saw, a framing square, and big ideas
about re-tiling your kitchen.
The problem? You've never done anything more than change a lightbulb by
Growing numbers of Americans are tackling do-it-yourself home improvement
projects that once might have been left to professionals. One reason for the
shift: Stores like Home Depot, along with TV shows on networks like HGTV or the
The core problem is that while there are plenty of fitness clubs that can
meet their needs, guys often don't do enough research to make sure the club
they pick is truly a good fit. So, what steps do you need to take to ensure
that your health club membership doesn't become an obligation -- one that you
neglect more and more as the months go on? Here are 5 steps to help you find a
1. Find a Gym Near Your Home or Office
It seems simple enough, but picking a gym that's too far away is a common
error guys make when trying to find a gym. And fitness club location is a
make-or-break factor, according to Jonathan Ross, personal training director at
the Sport Fit Total Fitness Club in Bowie, Maryland.
"People may think that a gym 20 minutes from their house is fine until the
realities of a weekly schedule start to hit," Ross says. "And then there's
traffic, and they're already pressed for time." Add road time to gym time and
that can eat away at incentive. "For many people struggling to find time to
exercise, adding 30 minutes of total drive time is too large an obstacle," says
Exercise pros say that a gym ideally should be no longer than a 10-minute
walk or drive from either your office or your home.
Some say picking a gym near home is more fail-safe. Brian Schiff, who owns
The Fitness Edge, a private fitness studio in Columbus, Ohio, says that many
times guys will pick a place close to work, assuming they'll work out over
lunch or after a day at the desk. But by the end of the day, the prospect of
doing a workout and then a 30-minute drive home can seem more like a headache.
"I find it works much better for men to find a place close to home, so they can
go in the morning and then shower and go to work," he says.