Joining a Gym? Use These Tips

Interested in joining a gym? Before you sign a contract be sure to look at these areas of the gym. It’s best to visit the gym around the same time of day you plan on working out. Gyms are often most crowded from 6am-7am and 5pm-7pm.


If you’re joining a large chain gym it can be overwhelming the first time you tour the gym. Larger gyms are outfitted with tons weight machines, cardio machines, and free weights. You likely won’t know what each machine is for, and that’s okay. A representative from the gym (likely a sales associate) should be with you as you look around the gym.

Have an idea of the type of workouts you plan on doing before you tour the gym. You want to make sure that the gym has the necessary equipment for the workouts you plan on doing. Be sure to look at the equipment up close too. Is it worn and frayed? Is it dusty? Are there sweat outlines on it from the last user? These observations can provide clues as to the gym’s commitment towards cleanliness.


This is one area potential members often fail to look at in a tour. Are lockers available for your work clothes? Is the bathroom stocked with paper towels and soap? How clean are the showers? As with your equipment inspection, this can provide insight into the staff’s dedication towards providing a clean workout environment.

Customer Service

Did someone greet you within 10 seconds of entering the gym? Did they take the time to show you around? Were they knowledgeable and able to answer your questions?

The power is in your hands when you enter the gym. Don’t feel like you are obliged to sign a contract your first time entering the gym. Sales reps work on commission and can be pushy towards getting you to sign up on your first visit. If the gym doesn’t feel right, or the membership options are not what you are looking for, it is completely acceptable to thank them for their time and move on to the next gym.