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Sounds familiar to you? There are just too many offers and promos out there when it comes to joining a gym, and I've heard enough. It's upsetting when some of them are misleading and only make it tougher for you to decide … so here are some pointers to help you choose a perfect gym you can call home. 馃檪

Choosing the right gym has a huge impact on how well you adhere to your fitness program – for example, if it's really out of the way but cheap, what are the odds you'll be going regularly? A health club membership isn't something you buy and don't use – instead, the more you use it, the more you will get back, and the better value you get out of it.

So before you decide to sign on that membership contract, it only makes sense that you also 'shop around' first. Attractive prices and promotions can be tempting, but COST and the HOT female salesperson or front desk girl IS NOT everything when it comes to choosing the right gym for you.

FIRST, narrow down your selection to a few potential health clubs that you like, and then take the following suggestions into consideration (in no particular order) to guide you in making the right choice:

# 1 – CONVENIENCE & ACCESSIBILITY (LOCATION)

For you to adhere to your fitness routine and not find it a hassle to workout – going to the gym needs to be convenient for you. You're more likely to use a club if it's close to your home or workplace. You won't go if it's far away, or if you have to constantly endure traffic jams just to get to workout. If you join a club that isn't convenient for you, you'll eventually find an excuse to stop going. When I first joined Fitness First back in 2003, it was less than a 5 minute drive from my workplace, and it still is – but the nearest one from my home was 20 km away. But now that there's a new Fitness First in Bukit Tinggi, Klang – the gym is 5 minutes away from home too. I've now got the best of both worlds. Lucky me.

# 2 – TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

Make sure you 'test drive' the gym BEFORE you sign up. Sales people / Membership Consultants / Sweet Young thing, or whatever you call them – are well trained to hype up the benefits of the gym, so it is essential that you yourself actually try out some of the equipment and get a feel of the actual atmosphere BEFORE you sign up. You'll need at least a day pass to try out the gym and decide for yourself before you sign up.

Check the gym's website for a day pass – almost always given out for free. Come at the same time you plan to come in the future, get changed, work out, maybe try a class, have a shower, relax, and then go home. Then, you decide.

# 3 – DO YOU LIKE IT?

When you tour the club, pay attention to details. How clean is the facility? Is the music too loud? Are all the equipment in working order? Too many '' out of order '' signs may indicate poor maintenance. Are new members provided with a club orientation and instruction on how to use equipment? Make sure the club is a place where you would enjoy spending time, cos if you don't – once again, it's only a matter of time before you start making excuses not to go.

# 4 – GROUP CLASSES

This is depends on one's personal preference – if group classes are what gets you going and motivated, then find a gym that offers a good mix at a time that suits your schedule. Some fitness centers have classes as early as 7AM – so there's always something for someone out there. Personally for me, even if the group studio comes crashing down, it wouldn't really affect me because it's …

Many people who aspire to uptake a career in MMA or just want to MMA train for fun have trouble finding where to start. Several questions arise during the hunt for a quality MMA gym such as:” Is this a reputable place?”, “Is it worth the price tag?” Well, a gym that rises to the task of answering any and all of these possible questions is Jorge Gurgel’s Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness Academy.

The gym is located in West Chester, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati. With star fighters such as Rich Franklin, Jorge Gurgel and Dustin Hazelett, it is one of the most reputable gyms in the Midwest. Aside from the big names, they have a highly qualified staff and offer a variety of classes. In order to help many new fighters, I am going to write a review of the gym, along with my personal experiences, and why I recommend this gym to anyone who would be able to attend it.

I have attended this gym since August of 2009. I decided to go here after visiting other mixed martial arts establishments that just weren’t up to par. Either the staff was under-qualified or the facilities were subpar. I attend mainly the boxing classes, and have had 2 amateur boxing bouts. I have also participated in their annual Jiu-Jitsu tournament, their Jiu Jitsu classes, Muay Thai classes and a few privates for wrestling and other minor activities. I am going to give my experience on each of the classes I have taken and then an overview on pricing of the gym.

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu offered at JG MMA is the bread and butter of the academy. The classes are taught by black belts Jorge Gurgel and Jon Stutzman. They also have other professors that will teach the classes sometime such as black belt Dan Doerner, and brown belt Eric Ramsey. UFC fighters Dustin Hazelett and Rich Franklin have studied under Jorge and still frequently attend the gym. You will not find a better Jiu Jitsu staff in the Midwest and possibly the United States. Any aspiring mixed martial artist knows the importance of a strong fundamental ground game, and I am sure JG MMA can provide. They also offer a kid’s BJJ class.

The Muay Thai classes are headed by Rich Thurston and Aaron Bowman, both having competed in MMA and Muay Thai fights. Their classes are just as popular as the BJJ classes; with around 15 to 20 people in attendance each class. Many Muay Thai fighters at JG have had great success such as Matt Zilch who holds a record of 6-1.

JG also offers boxing classes. Since their lead instructor left recently, the classes have not been as popular. These classes are led by professional fighter Tommy Hayden and Robby Malof. A more MMA-oriented approach is taken in these classes versus the classic boxing that was previously taught.

Financially, the gym is very affordable and carries high value. The cost runs at about $120 per month if you want to take all the classes offered by the gym. Other local gyms will charge more than that, at about $160 per month or more. Their school is at least 20% less per month than the nearest competitor and they offer individual programs for all budgets and experience levels. JG’s staff is also more than willing to help out with financing and helping anyone find what options work best for them so that the gym is affordable.

Source by Jad Mubaslat

If you are on a tight budget, purchasing used gym equipment can be a smart decision you could make. However, the used equipment that you select should be in good condition. The following article provides tips that would help in making an informed decision when buying used fitness equipment.

Buying Tip

Irrespective of the equipment that you have selected to buy, it would do well to find out a reliable and trustworthy seller with a reputation for delivering quality products that are priced reasonably. When selecting the right equipment, you need to keep certain things in mind so that the purchased equipment does not falter when used later on.

Check for Functionality

Buying used gym equipment should not be at the cost of compromising on the durability. Ensure that the equipment is working completely fine. Examine the different features of the machine and find out the presence of any damage. Try the machine and verify if its features are working fine and safe.

Check for Maintenance

Take time to inspect and find out if the gym equipment is maintained well. It is important that no damages are done to the vital components of the equipment so that it is safe when working with the equipment. The presence of cracks and tears in the parts are the results of poor maintenance.

Check for Comfort Level

It is important that you feel comfortable at the time of using the equipment. Otherwise, there are chances of sustaining injury and health issues while using it. So don’t buy equipment simply because the deal appears lucrative.

Choose from Reputed Brands

See to it that the maker of the used fitness equipment is a reliable and reputed manufacturer and provides a warranty on the parts. So going for quality brands ensures the durability of the equipment.

Check for Warranty

Although used fitness machines do not come with a warranty, but in certain cases, the seller could provide a warranty of up to a year. Check with the manufacturer to find out if they provide after-sales service.

Go Through Customer Reviews

It makes sense to buy gym equipment that has a considerable number of testimonials to its credit. Searching online or reading fitness magazines about customer reviews of the equipment will help to judge the reliability of the equipment.

Buy at the Right Price

Before buying used equipment, find out the retail price of the machine. For this, you could go through the classified ads as given for the local area or browse the websites and compare prices to find the best deals available that meet your budget. Once the actual market value is found out, it would be much easier for you to bargain with the seller for the used fitness equipment. Before inking the deal, verify if any additional expenses like installation cost, delivery charges, and servicing cost need to be paid.

On the whole, it would be beneficial to do one’s own research before purchasing used gym equipment. Purchasing in haste could mean regret later. On the whole, an impulsive buy is not recommended when buying used gym equipment.

Source by Barry Wilkins

We all have certain pet peeves that just bug the heck out of us. So, in today’s writing, I will go over some of my gym/workout pet peeves that drive me nuts! But then I have to stop and tell myself, “to each his own.” I then feel better and go on with my life. After all, what someone else does is none of my business, right?

Pet Peeve: Texting while at the gym.

Yes, cell phones are part of our every day lives, I get it. I also know that I’m technologically challenged and I’m sure I only use my cell phone in a minute capacity for what it was designed. BUT, when someone is waiting for a machine or for a particular weight, and the person “using” it is texting away, that’s just wrong! Several years back, when all cell phones did was make calls, there was a guy working out at my gym who wore a strap around his waist that had his cell phone, his pager, some gizmo that unlocked his house, and a beeper to let him know if someone opened his front door (I’m not kidding). I was friends with the guy, so jokingly I asked him if he was applying to be the new Batman because he already had his Batman utility belt on! He told me he needed all those items on his person in case something happened to his cat. Huh? (and he wasn’t kidding) Today, I understand cell phones are used for music, so I have lessened my pet peeve on that just a bit. BUT, if you text or make calls while you are supposed to be working out at the gym… FINGER OF SHAME TO YOU!

Pet Peeve: Not racking your weights.

As much as people talk about this, it’s a never ending problem at some gyms. People, if you’re strong enough to lift it, you’re strong enough to put it away. Other people aren’t there to serve you. It’s simple, if you’re too lazy to put it away, you shouldn’t lift it to begin with… period! If this is you… FINGER OF SHAME!

Pet Peeve: Not wiping your sweat.

Yup, I’m sure we’ve all seen this before. I LOVE the feeling of having sweat dripping off my nose during my workouts. That makes me feel like I’ve done something. And, I love it when I see others doing the same thing. BUT, I don’t care to see other’s bodily fluids dripping off a piece of equipment I’m about to use to begin with. Bring a freaking towel and clean up your stuff!

Pet Peeve: Leaving a gym bag in the middle of the floor.

Some people bring a gym bag to the workout area of a gym with them. I always ask, what could they possibly have in that bag? If it’s so important, they should leave it at home or at least in their car. If it’s their change of cloths, why don’t they leave it in the locker room? If they are afraid something will get stolen, maybe they should look for another gym, or get a lock, or again, don’t bring it in the gym to begin with.

Most people who do this are nice enough to at least keep their bag in the corner, or against the wall, but there are some people who just flop the bag out anywhere and expect people to walk around it. Which leads me to…

Pet Peeve: Not being courteous.

Some people walk around the gym as if others should bow down to them. Seriously? Just because you may be able to lift more than me, or have that super model body, doesn’t give you the reason to look down on me. Oh sure, I’m envious, I’m jealous, I’m impressed, but I certainly DO NOT think you are better than me. And, I’m sure I’m naive with this statement, I usually assume people feel the same as I do. When you look down upon someone, and feel you are superior to them, all you’re doing is letting the rest of the world know how much of an ass you are. FINGER OF SHAME TO YOU!

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1. Participate in Local Parades and Festivals

The key to increasing your business’s visibility is to make sure that anyone and everyone knows about your business. Make it a point to start participating in local parades and other types of city festivals.

Beyond getting publicity and visibility for your gym, the actual creation of a gym-specific parade float can be a fun team-building event for your current members. Once you have found a member that will let you use their heavy-duty truck and flatbed trailer, here are a couple examples of possible parade floats:

  • Attach a BowFlex or similar workout item to the trailer and have a member do a workout throughout the course of the parade.
  • Use a loud-speaker system and, at certain intervals, stop the truck and have your members perform a quick aerobic workout so that parade watchers can see the types of fun workouts you gym offers.
  • If you are a CrossFit affiliate, create a parade-specific WOD for your members to perform that includes jumping on to the trailer, flipping tires, and doing eye-catching kettlebell swings.

2. Hold “No Experience Necessary” Weekend Events in Public Parks

Many people are intimidated by gyms and working out. In order to get people to try working out, you should hold free, open to the public, weekend events in public areas. The workouts you offer don’t need to be very intense. A simple, but sweat-inducing bootcamp will do the trick.

Remember, you are not trying to scare these people away from the gym. On the contrary, your goal is to make them enjoy themselves so much that they choose to become paying members are your gym. It’s all about increasing your gym’s public visibility.

3. Sponsor a Local Sports Team

Another great way to increase your gym’s membership is to sponsor a local sports team. There are two main advantages to this type of marketing effort. The first is that you will get your logo screen-printed on the uniform of the entire team. Athletes, especially bar-league teams, tend to wear their uniforms outside of games, so your logo will get a lot of eye-traffic.

The second benefit of sponsoring a sports team is that your gym name and logo will be placed on all marketing materials for the team, as well as on the “Sponsor’s Board” at all of the team’s games. People who didn’t previously know about your business will now know that your gym is an avid supporter of the local sports team.

Source by Patrick M Jones

The "Average Joe" Gym is Now a Reality

The “Average Joe” Gym is now a reality.

In one of the more memorable scenes from the Hollywood film-farce “Dodgeball,” Lance Armstrong casually consoles Vince Vaughn assuring him, “I’m sure you must have a good reason to quit”. The story hails the “Average Joe” gym as a place where everyone can feel comfortable and actually fit in without fear and intimidation from muscle-heads, egomaniacs, or singles-bar refugees. But now the concept of the mainstream exercise environment is real. Far from struggling financially, they are rather taking the country by storm and running the competition right out of town! Not just imaginary gyms like “Globo Gym” from a screenwriter’s imagination, but solid well known organizations like Golds, and even the YMCA and the JCC are being bested at their own game. Who is working this Main-street magic in small towns and metro cities alike all across America? There are a few players, but without a doubt the king of the hill is Planet Fitness. They have been derided for their pizza night and bagel morning, both staples at the health club. Planet has the dubious distinction of being labeled as one of the “softest” centers in America, right after Slimmons, Richard Simmons personal aerobic studio. In spite of this the runaway business model is making real headway, with more than 400 successful locations and literally more opening every day, this organization clearly has something great to offer.

What makes these new-age middle-of-the-road upstarts tick? What are they doing to separate themselves from other gyms? First, there is the slogan, “The Judgment Free Zone,” but empty slogans are, well, just that. Closer inspection reveals the reality that this is truly a concept-driven institution built from the ground up. The equipment is more user friendly with easy to interpret illustrations installed directly on every station. The paltry rates, typically between $10.-$20. Per month carry no long term contract for a basic membership, so literally anyone can afford to belong. Full-body high-tech circuit training is aerobically customized for the beginner, but resists plateau problems by using traditional cable/weight stack resistance machines (unlike a big national women-only franchised studio with a similar concept). A virtual sea of aerobics machines greets the would-be better-toned constituent. Clean well appointed locker rooms have replaced the mold and athletes foot cocktail found at many large not-for-profit organizations.

The psychology of the business is what changes the feel of the gyms the most. Psychology in fitness is rarely spoken of but perhaps THE most important aspect of getting and staying fit. It is difficult enough for the fledgling member attempting to do the hard work of becoming fit. Add to the mix annoying fitness fanatics cruising the gym, whether simply nosy members, compensated trainers, or worst yet unqualified members of staff who interrupt the novice participant with unsolicited advice. None of this is permitted at a Planet Fitness (PF). The obvious reaction from the fitness fanatic crowd is “what about prevention of injury?” It is true that the under-instructed participant performs many exercises incorrectly. However, it is the responsibility of that person to learn how to train correctly! Furthermore, statistics on injury in exercise show that these minor form flaws are not actually likely to produce injury. There were approximately 45 million Americans with a gym membership in 2009*, but only 224 reported free weight and weight machine injuries at emergency rooms during the entire year nationwide according to Sports Insurance Risk Management administrators in their latest online article**. Ironically the treadmill was more than twice as dangerous, (575 occurrences) and it is by far the most popular choice of the health club newcomer. The would-be more-fit upstart will be put at ease by the fact that most PF members look and act just like them, being unfamiliar with hardcore training or weightlifting, and simply wishing to spend some of their precious time improving their health. (copyright by author 2010)

Source by William R. Johnston

Some of the Benefits of Home Gym

Everyone should have its own reasons why they go to the gym, either because they want to get a good physical, maintain their body shape or maybe just looking for friends who have similar hobbies. This time I will not tell you why we should join the fitness program, but more towards why we should have a gym in our house. I believe there may be among the readers who already have a home gym. Of course it can make you more productive in practice. And I want to share some of the benefits of a home gym that you can get.

The first is it will increase your productivity and effectiveness in training. If you have a home gym, then you can freely specify the time and duration of your workout. When I used to follow the fitness program at a local gym, I often have to wait before using the treadmill and sometimes I have to take turns with my friend who also wants to use the equipment I use. No monthly fees, this is an advantage for you, especially for those who have problems with money. With a home gym you do not have a headache when the bills come and more importantly, you can use the money for more useful things like going on vacation, pay the rent or sometimes to be donated to those in need.

Saving you valuable time. Each person only has 24 hours a day, and you probably already know this. But imagine you have to spend time driving from your house to the gym, plus you have to beat the traffic and pay additional fees such as parking fees, entrance fees, etc. It would be wise to spend time in your home by chatting with your beloved wife and daughter or if you're single then you can exercise while watching your favorite television show or call your girlfriend.

You may freely determine the fitness equipment based on the needs or your hobby. My point here if you like walking in the morning then you can choose the fitness equipment such as treadmills, spin bikes, etc. The advantage is that you can focus on your hobby. For example, if it rains you can still walk on a treadmill indoors. So here's some of the benefits of home gym that I can share with you, I hope this will be beneficial to you and have a home gym is a choice not a requirement. Thank you for reading.

Source by Erwin Jap Seprianto

OK, so you are ready to get started with your home fitness gym but don’t know any exercises to do. This is a common roadblock but one we will overcome right now!

Now even if you don’t have a designated area for a home gym, your kitchen can double as one. You may think I’m crazy here but stay with me. Here are a handful of killer, kitchen exercises.

路 You can do tricep dips on your countertop. Depending on your height you may need to bring your legs up some but this is a great tricep workout and if you lean over the countertop you can work your chest.

路 Use a kitchen towel on the floor with your hands in front of your head on the kitchen towel and pull back on the way back up which is like a straight arm pushdown.

路 Lay on your back on the hardwood floor, put your butt off the ground, and bring your feet back and forth towards your torso then back out.

路 Do a lunge with your foot on the floor sliding back on a kitchen towel.

路 You can do mini bicep curls hanging under a kitchen counter overhang.

路 You can also do knee tucks on the floor with a kitchen towel. Just get in the plank position with your feet on the towel and bring your knees up towards your torso.

Now that’s a lot to soak in but a great workout just stay away from the pantry.

Outside the kitchen I have many more exercises for you. Let’s break these down as well.

路 Exercise Ball Push-Ups-if these are too hard reverse the position by putting your hands on the floor and your feet on the ball.

路 Lunges For Your Legs-You can add barbells if you want but go across the room and back for one set.

路 Bodyweight Squats-Go as low as you can for a great lower body workout.

路 Tricep Dips-similar to the kitchen exercise but use a workout bench behind you to do the dip.

路 V-Sit-Ups- Lay flat on the ground and hands above the head. Bring legs into the air and hands to meet the feet.

Well I think you are armed with a dozen or more exercises to get you started. So what are you waiting for? Go give them a shot!

Source by Chris L Sweeney

Is it really possible find the best home gym equipment?

When we are talking about building the best home gyms we are also referring to find the right exercise equipment. That to me is more important than where do I place the mirrors or what kind of flooring do I use.

In this article you will find tips that will help you in building or in finding the best home gym equipment. It does not take a lot of luck, it just takes a little bit of research and some good old-fashioned work.

Focus on Equipment That Works

There are many options when it comes to a home gym one of the considerations is how much room you have. And what is your budget. If you can spend up to $2000 and pretty much you can purchase any of the gyms available on TV such as Bowflex, Total Gym, Bio Force TNT, Crossbow etc.

Sometimes just a simple weight bench and free weights is enough however, you must remember to take safety into consideration. It’s going to be difficult to workout at home and do a bench press with no one there to spot you.

So you may want to throw a Smith machine or power rack into the equation if you plan on using free weights

What Are Your Fitness Goals

If you are looking to build a “bodybuilder” type of body then you’re going to need more than just a set of free weights. If you’re looking to get leaner, stronger, and have a ripped six pack abs then you will need to purchase the best home gym equipment. Below are just a few:

* Resistance Bands

* Isometric Exerciser or Isometric Exercise Equipment

* Adjustable Dumbbells

* A Used Bowflex or Total Gym Or Other Home Gym

* Select the Correct Room in Your Home or Apartment

Whatever room you choose as your home gym make sure that there is at least 10 feet of headroom and that it has plenty of good ventilation. If you can afford it, pick up a small fan as well. Plenty of daylight will also help to keep the room bright and cheerful.

In addition, if your budget allows it pickup some self-adhesive mirrors at Home Depot or a similar retail store. Be able to see yourself performing the exercise — using correct posture and form — will also go a long way towards keeping you motivated and injury free.

Finding the best home gym equipment is not that difficult — it just takes some research and common sense!

Source by Frank Sherrill

Deciding to workout at home takes dedication, motivation and drive. The problem is that when you try workout at home, its easy to get distracted or cancel your workout all together. Being motivated without support is not easy when it comes to starting a new workout routine, which is why so many people decide to join the gym.

You may think of the gym as a scary place filled with different equipment that you have no idea how to use. The truth is that there are so many reasons you should join the gym when trying to improve your fitness or to lose weight effectively.

The first reasons is that when you join the gym you get the motivation that you need. You will work with a personal trainer who will motivate you and cheer you on to encourage you to do better. The personal trainer puts a unique training plan together based on your abilities, your fitness levels and the goals you are trying to do, whether it’s to build muscle, lose weight or tone up a bit. They will show you how to use the equipment properly and check your progress, so that they can change your program as needed to help you do your goals within the shortest period of time.

Joining the gym and taking a friend with you or having a personal trainer to back you can be fun. The trainers work on exercising that is fun. They encourage you throughout your program, whether long or short-term, to make sure you gain the best results in the long run. With workouts being fun you will be more inclined to want to go train on a regular basis.

Further, you will receive ongoing support when you join the gym. The trainers support you whether you want to lose weight, increase fitness levels or build muscle. Maybe you need a tailored plan because you are recovering from surgery and need to get back in shape or you have recently had a baby and you want to get your body back to the fitness levels that you were.

You will be given a host of choices. You don’t have to go running by yourself to stay fit or try to workout in your own garden, you can enjoy a fun and motivational workout experience with a range of options for you to choose from including circuits, weights, classes and more. Remember you will also be able to choose to take the gym up on their nutritional advice or their rehabilitation services.

When you choose to join a gym, you will find that with th help of the personal trainer you will be able to achieve your goals within a shorter period. This is because you learn how to do each exercise properly and your workout program is focused on helping you achieve your goals, rather than you trying to put your own routine together.

Further, a gym is a community and you will soon get to meet other people. It’s a social experience where you can get the training you need at a price you can afford. If you are looking for a five start type gym experience then you should consider a luxury gym focused on providing a comprehensive all-inclusive service that is to the finest of standards.

The type of facility you decide to join and what you feel is important, is entirely your decision. Ensure you join a facility that motivates you and supports you to help you achieve your goals without delay.

Source by James Miller

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