Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Experts Discuss Getting Most Out Of Gym Membership

Experts: Important To Ask Lots Of Questions Before Joining

The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association says the average member goes to the gym about one and a half times a week. But a lot of people who go to the gym don't know all their gym has to offer and end up wasting money. Amy Dipasquale, the director of operations at Fitness First, recommends asking a lot of questions before joining a gym and afterward. ‘When we sit down with you, we find out what it is you're looking for and how we can best suit your needs,’ she said. Experts recommend checking out the schedule for group classes. A lot of gyms offer classes that incorporate cardio and strength training so you can get a full workout in one visit. Another piece of advice experts have is taking advantage of personal trainers and other gym staff. Many people don't realize their gyms offer free personal training sessions. Some gyms even have nutritionists and physical therapists on staff. And the trainers can help navigate all the intimidating equipment. Another thing some people don't realize is that their gym membership may give them privileges at other gyms in the same network. Some gyms offer this bonus and it gives members the option to workout near home and work.”


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