What You Should Know (And Ask) Before Joining A Gym
By: Mekita Rivas, VIDA editor and member
January is an exciting time in the fitness world. Resolutions are made and goals are set. It’s a season that is all about starting fresh and embracing a clean slate. Joining a gym is often an important part of that renewal process. Whether you’re walking into VIDA for the first time or you’ve belonged to our community for years, we want to ensure that you have the information you need to make smart decisions about where you spend your time sweating.
We caught up with Catherine Doyle, Personal Training Manager at VIDA Fitness Logan Circle, to chat about the gym joining process and what you should know — and ask — before signing on the dotted line.
What are some of the main concerns people have about joining a gym?
I find that people are often intimidated by the price point, but what they come to understand is that they are investing in a healthier lifestyle. Some people might be intimidated by the weight floor or by taking a class for the first time. That’s where the personal trainers and instructors come in. We’re here to kickstart your fitness journey, and whatever your workout style is, VIDA can help!
Which factors typically encourage someone to join a gym?
People join because they want to live a healthier lifestyle, and that looks different for everyone. It’s our job to find that motivating factor and help them figure out the best way to start that fitness journey. There are endless reasons for why someone might join — it could be to reduce stress they are experiencing at work, improve their golf game, or maybe they want to look great in a swimsuit for their summer vacation. Everyone is unique, and their fitness journey should be unique to them.
What sets VIDA apart from other gyms when it comes to the joining process?
At VIDA, we don’t just sign you up for a membership, we get you involved in our community. The complimentary personal training session and the Value Added Packages not only help you get acquainted with the facility and programs — they also introduce you to the people involved. This gives you the opportunity to connect with our trainers, instructors, and other members. Coming to the gym after a long day at the office can be challenging, but you will be more likely to stick with it if you’re excited to see your friends at the gym. We want you to look forward to coming to VIDA!
What are the questions everyone should ask before joining a gym?
- What are my goals? (This is the most important!)
- What equipment and amenities are available?
- What sort of programs are offered?
- Who are the trainers and what specialty skills or certificates do they have?
- How will this facility help me lead a better life?