When shopping around for a gym or fitness center, getting recommendations from others can be helpful, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time and money there.
Becoming a member is a big financial and lifestyle commitment, and there are key criteria to think about before signing a contract. Set up a tour during the time that you normally exercise and don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for a complimentary day pass to really get the feel of the facility. Fitness professionals in the metro area spend part of their days giving tours and talking to potential members.
We asked Beth Cobble, group fitness department head at Lifetime Fitness; Penny Luthens, program executive of group fitness at YMCA of Greater Des Moines; Nicki Greenfield, director of group fitness at Aspen Athletic Clubs; and Terri Good, owner of Infinity Training Center, for tips to consider before making a decision to get fit in a gym or fitness center.