Choosing the right gym is not an easy decision to make. Not only are we talking about your health and fitness, but we’re also talking about your wallet, so it’s important to make the right decision. You don’t want to commit to somewhere and two weeks down the line realise it really doesn’t suit your needs.
Squeezing Fitness Into Your Life
Despite the constant stream of diet fads that keep popping up on our social feeds, the consensus is that for successful weight management, fitness needs to become a lifestyle. Exercise and healthy eating need to be part of your everyday routine, not a drastic diet two months before a holiday or occasion. Your gym has to be somewhere you want to go, and that helps make your life easier. It needs to suit your lifestyle.
The Gym took this concept and created a space with 65 pieces of state-of-the-art equipment, a cafe and changing rooms that have more amenities than your own bathroom. They are decked out with heaps of space to get ready, hair curlers, organic beauty products and towels. The cafe, or Muscle Bar, boasts a menu of healthy snacks, meals and shakes. It is also open to non-members, making it a new coffee spot.
Now, you must be wondering where I’m getting at with all this.
Your Lifestyle Needs
I remember the first gym membership I ever had. It was in my final year of university and cost £10 a month. My gym was one of those 24/7 gyms, only had equipment and a basic changing room. It suited me back then because it was super affordable on my student budget and the anti-social open hours became quite a useful relief during late night essay writing.
These days, I need my gym to be a good location with free parking options. I like to have the flexibility of classes and equipment. I don’t want to be surrounded by posers, and I need a decent changing room. Is there somewhere I can grab something to eat afterwards? Are the trainers friendly and knowledgeable? Are the classes only morning and evening, or do they run in the afternoon? Say I finish with my workout early, or my plans change, is there somewhere close by I can kill some time with my laptop?
When I heard about The Gym, my first thoughts were not about the gym itself, but rather how convenient the whole thing could be. I could go for a work-out, clean up and spend the rest of the day working on my laptop in the Muscle Bar. The array of amenities means that I can make more room for work equipment in my gym bag. Then I remembered one of the things I liked most about women-only clubs; it was that you could do everything in one place – work, exercise, eat, shower and relax.
Another article about The Gym also mentioned something similar. The writer mentioned that it is the ideal place for business men/women as the Muscle Bar is a great place to arrange meetings, squeezing in a workout before or after.
The Point of the Article
At first, I thought I was a bit crazy for being so excited about being able to combine my love of fitness and my digital nomad lifestyle. But then I got thinking, rather than seeing this as a consequence of our (possibly self-made) hectic lives, it’s a way to ease the strain. There is so much emphasis on what we are eating, on our health, on diseases and the new foods causing them. It’s stressful. And it’s demanding. A few months ago I saw an article about how blueberries are now giving us cancer! It seems that fitness is becoming a huge part of society. Yet a trip to the gym always gets cancelled because “we just don’t have enough time”.
Well, it seems that gym owners are taking that into consideration and eliminating your excuses. If you workout in the morning, then head to the office, find a gym with amazing changing facilities. If you go in the evenings, then find a gym with a sauna/steam room so you can relax before heading home. Be selfish when making your decision. And really think about what your daily routine, what you need and what you’re missing.
The whole point of buying a membership is that you go. And you go because you want to be there. Not because you don’t want to waste your money.