“What are my goals?” is the most important question you should ask yourself. Then find a gym with equipment that suits your objectives. If you want to build muscle, go to a gym that has a lot of free weights (dumbbells and barbells, cable crossovers, benches with both flat and incline options, squat racks). If you enjoy yoga and stretching, look for a gym that has a yoga studio and plenty of stretching room. Take a look at the gym’s layout. Does it make you feel energised? Is there enough room to move around? Is the equipment balance right for you? Personally, I don’t care for long rows of treadmills with little in the way of alternative cardio equipment (cross trainers, bikes, rowing machines). And I despise crowded free-weights spaces; I prefer spacious free-weights sections with enough space between weight benches to avoid bumping into the person next to you. In Australia, I’ve visited a few gyms where the free weights areas were fantastic. In the United Kingdom, this is not the case. Visit Gold’s Gym, Port Coquitlam.
Another factor to consider is the gym’s music. Do you like to work out to loud music or in a calm environment? One gym I frequented had two floors with an open mezzanine, with loud rock music from the upper-level clashing with loud pop music from the lower level, causing major ear annoyance.The receptionists will most likely be the first persons you see. Are they warm, friendly, and well-informed? All of these factors are important if you plan on interacting with them every time you go to the gym.
Then think about how many gym instructors and personal trainers are available. Are they friendly, available, and attentive? You’ll see if you talk to them.One thing that turned me off about a gym I attended was the receptionists eating doughnuts and painting their nails (and that was just the males), then when I left, I observed one of the gym instructors smoking a cigarette outside. Argh.
1950 Oxford Connector, Port Coquitlam, BC V3B 4H3
Phone No: (778) 285-4653