Recently, Pete and I joined a new gym. The membership at our old gym was about to expire and it was the perfect opportunity to shop around a little bit. Our old gym was very costly for a small space with limited equipment so we knew we were interested in moving elsewhere.
We ended up joining at Gold’s Gym because it had everything we were looking for. If you’re in the market for a new gym, here is what interested us:
1: A vast array of weight training equipment / A goal of mine is to focus more on strength training. To do so, I needed a gym that had a variety of equipment. Gold’s has kettle bells, dumbbells in every weight, resistance training, TRX, free motion, cardio galore, racks, and much more. Everyday I’m learning something new and trying a new piece of equipment. Two of my favorites right now are Jacob’s Ladder and Ab Solo.
2: High energy clientele / At my old gym, I was always staring at the clock, longing for my workouts to be over. I was bored of the same old machines, the boring music, and the crowd. At Gold’s, the music is blaring. You can smell the sweat in the air. People are toned and working hard. It’s incredibly motivating. The energy of others keeps me going strong. If I look at the clock, it’s not out of dread, it’s just to gloat in how long I’ve been dominating!
3: Knowledgeable personal trainers / There’s a fine line when it comes to personal training. I’m looking for someone who is in shape (seems to go without saying, but unfortunately is not) and someone who can answer my questions. If you don’t ask me about my goals and nutrition, then I’m not hiring you. Another plus about Gold’s is that you get two complimentary sessions with a trainer once you become a member.
4: Protein shake bar / This is a feature I would have overlooked…that is until I tried it. Having access to protein shakes right after your workout is acutally quite amazing. I’ve tried a couple and they’ve both been delicious, filling, healthy, and full of protein. Plus, the staff will tell you all about their benefits, nutrition, and differences.
5: Price / The cost to join Gold’s Gym was extremely reasonable. We are actually paying quite less then our old gym, which was a fraction of the size. It seems insane to think back on how much we were paying now that we’re getting so much more for our money.
In the two weeks that we’ve been there, I’ve been focusing a lot on strength and have really been enjoying my workouts. The gym has exposed me to many new exercises and equipment, broken me out my comfort zones, and is building my confidence- I’m loving it.
What do you look for in a gym?