You’ve been contemplating the need to change your health or fitness. You’ve been considering your options. It keeps coming back around and now you’re ready to take a step. Before joining a gym, make sure you have an answer to each of these questions. These questions will help to make sure you, your goals and the potential gym are a good fit and it will give you insight into your next steps after joining.
- What is my number 1 health goal?
- You may have several things that you want to change, but identify the one goal that will make the most positive impact in your life and focus on that. Let’s say you’d like to lose weight, finish a marathon, get in shape for hunting, lean down and be a consistently healthy eater. It’s true that many of these will work hand in hand, but narrowing in on the most important one, the one with the most impact, will help you to determine what specifically you should do next. It helps you identify your next best step. It helps you focus, plan, act and measure if it’s working. Before you check out a club, narrow down and identify your top goal.
- How will I know I’ve reached that goal?
- This question can be answered after answering the first. How will you know you’ve reached your goal? What’s your measure of success? Is it losing a pants size? Is it completing first a 5K and then a 10K and then a Marathon? Is it lowering your body fat percentage? Identifying the outcome, the endgame, can help you have insight into what tools and resources you’ll need to help you get there.
- What do I need to reach that goal (resources, plans, help)?
- Now that you know your goal and you know how you’ll be measuring it, what else will you need? If you’re unsure, that’s ok and it’s very common! Don’t waste time and money by guessing. A gym often has many experts and resources to help you! Do you need help with an exercise plan? Do you need to learn how to food log? Do you need a meal plan? Will you need a running plan? New shoes? A habit tracker? A planner? A personal trainer? An accountability partner? Most people don’t take the time to narrow down and gather the resources they need OR they decide they will try to figure it out on their own only to leave them falling away leaving the goal unmet. (*insert New Year’s rush) Taking the time to investigate, ask questions and determine your course is going to get you closer to your goal than just joining a gym and hoping that’s enough.
- What does this gym have to help me reach my goal?
- If you’re needing a plan, does the gym have educated and professional trainers to help with that? If you don’t workout on your own alot or you get bored, in a rut or you need motivating guidance, does this gym offer programs and classes to help you reach your specific goals? Do they have easy to use cardio equipment? Are there options for beginners if that’s you?
- What obstacles could keep me from my goal?
- Be honest with yourself and identify the kinds of things you’ve let get in your way in the past or things you could predict might create resistance moving forward. Side note, no one starts a plan of change without obstacles so anticipating helps us plan to combat them. Will work travel be an issue? Will your kids extra-curriculars affect your schedule? Tiredness? Lack of motivation?
- Does this gym have resources to help me past my obstacles?
- What accountability tools does the prospective gym offer to help you past your obstacles? A consistent, well rounded class schedule gives you an “appointment” to commit to rather than leaving it up to “when you have time” to workout. Plus, if you miss class, it will be noticed! You will be noticed. Fuel Fitness has the MyZone community which gives you activity goals, a community and challenges you can focus on. This tool works great for those who need visual results of their workout, a little extra push and a community of support. Fuel Fitness is one big club with 7 rooms. If you travel across Montana and Idaho, your gym membership is applicable in all 7. Find out what the gym can do to support you past potential obstacles.
- Does this gym have a community of support?
- Look for things that create support. Challenges, competitions, Group Fitness, clubs, and things like the MyZone heartrate monitoring community like mentioned above are things you’ll want to look for. Is the culture from the moment you walk in the door about you and supporting your goals? How will they support you outside of the club doors? Do they offer free resources?
- Do they have professional and educated trainers and instructors to help me?
- Ask about the credentials of their personal trainer team and their instructor team. Certifications, education and years of experience are often found inside of a gym, but make sure you ask. Some clubs don’t require it and so their advice is as good as a random post on Pinterest.
- When will I fit in a regular gym time?
- Decide what times you will need to schedule your workouts based on potential obstacles. Determine how you can change your current routine or work in a workout around your current routine. This is helpful to know when looking at hours of operation and what classes, programs and resources are available at the time you want to workout.
- How much is my goal worth to me?
- Ask yourself this question seriously. If you could be guaranteed to reach your goal in 1 year from today, how much would you pay if you KNEW you’d reach your goal? Let’s say you want to lose 50 pounds and you’re guaranteed to lose it in 1 year. How much is that worth to you? What would you pay, sacrifice, give up in order to have that result? The reality is that every goal costs something. It’s not always money, but it’s definitely time or other habits you’ve held onto for awhile that are in the way of your goal. Determine the cost you’re willing to pay and consider it an investment not a credit. What you pay, give up, sacrifice now will return back to you in bigger sums.
- What is the investment I’ll be making monthly into my health by joining this gym?
- Now that you know what your goal is worth to you, you’ve determined whether the gym is good fit for you, then the last thing is the cost. Don’t ask this question first before the others. It’s hard to know whether the amount that is quoted is worth it or not until you’ve determined if the fit is right for you! It’s helpful to know all of the answers to the questions above before getting here. Once you know those answers, then hearing the membership cost, any initial costs or maintenance costs can be factored in to whether it’s valuable enough and worth it to invest in that club at that time. If you’ve determined 50 pounds is your goal and you’d pay $1000 up front to be guaranteed that goal…you’d stop drinking beer for a year if you KNEW you’d hit it and you’d sacrifice 30 minutes of staying up late so that you could get up 30 minutes earlier…then when you are quoted a $29/month rate (or $348/year) then you realize that you have an easy choice to make and some budget to spare to hire a professional, get into the MyZone community, and surround yourself with the best resources and people to help you become the best version of yourself possible.
We, obviously hope that we can support you and your goals here at Fuel Fitness. Even if you don’t join our club now, please follow us on social media where we offer free resources, tips and inspiration daily. You should also get FREE access to our resource vault. It has workout videos, recipes, a free tracker and planner and more! You’ll get access by sending us your email. Go to your local Fuel Fitness Facebook page and click the blue “learn more” button to get access now. If you’re not on Facebook, the link is also in our bio on your local Instagram page. We will also occasionally send more resources to your inbox and will never spam you. Promise!
We look forward to helping you get healthy, live healthy and ignite your life!