Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Would you train in a dirty bathroom??

Find the RIGHT gym for yourself. Just like every single one of you are different from each other, so are gyms. Sure your friend might give you a great review but then you go and don't get that homey feeling. Don't forget YOU are paying the gym so you can be picky!
First off, brands are meaningless. Yes, you can have a brand name gym and it can be a gym that doesn't fit you. Brands don’t guarantee you anything in terms of quality or compatibility with your goals and needs. Brand names just give grounds for marketing tools to get more people which doesn't mean they are better than an unbranded place. My advice to you, follow the next few tips to make a decision that will suit your needs.
In order for you to see big results, you need to have 3 components:
Strength
Nutrition
Rest & Recovery
All three of these things are important for your well-being and overall health. Let's break them down so you can see the importance of them.
Strength-You need strength training in your program. Why? Muscle is the foundation of a strong body. More muscle means more caloric burn. The days of worrying about “bulking up” are over, and the huge benefits of strength training for health, longevity, and better quality of life are irrefutable. Make sure strength training is part of any program you choose.
Nutrition- In order to look good, you need to have a nutritional program on point. You can’t out-train a bad diet and this is 100% true. You can train all you want but if you eat foods that don't repair your muscles you are almost wasting your time. Make sure you have someone who has a nutritional background with the proper credentials.
Rest & Recovery- If you run your body into the ground, what type of gains will come out of that? Make sure the gym's program and takes this into consideration. Ask about how the program addresses recovery and rest. Let that gym know your goals and what you want to accomplish out of the programming and how you will get there!
After you look at those 3 components, next is looking at convenience. For many people your biggest challenge will not be in the gym, it'll be in getting to the gym. I believe strongly in small gyms because they are not bound to any brand or system and because the owner usually has a deep personal investment in coaching and managing the gym. You will get more service to you because they want to treat you like a person. Small gyms are free to use any methodology, program, or equipment that benefits you and their community. In addition, smaller gyms are not only able to give you more personalized attention, they may also provide a greater value than a gym with lots of overhead and franchise-related expenses.
Here is one idea that might sound far fetched but is true! Look at the bathrooms. First impressions do matter. Does the place look clean and organized? Think about actually working out there. For example, if you’ll be asked to get on the floor, you want to make sure it’s been cleaned between classes. If the floor has not been cleaned, you’ll be lying in someone else’s sweat and other fluids. Look the place over carefully. The equipment should look maintained and organized, the floor swept and clean (unless during or right after a class), and so on. Any gym that can’t be bothered to keep a clean bathroom simply does not care enough about its customers. A bad bathroom is a deal breaker.
The most important thing to look at is programming.“Programming” is the word used to describe the way workouts and movements are chosen, and the sequence in which they are presented. It's the plan for what everyone will be doing each day. Beware of any “workout” program that does not record your efforts and accomplishments.
Things to consider. Is there an assessment or "on ramp"?
All good programs start with some kind of assessment. If there is one, be sure to ask about it in detail, so you can compare it with that of other gyms. If there is no formal assessment, that's a strike against the gym.
Take time and watch the class. When you watch, look for the following:
Is the coach actually coaching? Make sure the coach is keeping an eye on everyone and is attentive at all times. If you see a coach texting or chit-chatting while a class is working out, that’s a very bad sign. Remember, in a coached program, you pay for coaching. If they’re not going to coach you, why wouldn’t you save a ton of money and just go to a chain gym and work out unsupervised?
Punctuality. Do they start and end on time? When you pay for membership and take time from your daily business for exercise, you don’t want to have your time wasted.Warm up and cool down. Give preference to places that have this structure to their classes. If the coach jumps right into a workout, then walks away at the end of class, look elsewhere.
Warm up and cool down. Give preference to places that have this structure to their classes. If the coach jumps right into a workout, then walks away at the end of class, look elsewhere.
Lastly, certifications and time coaching does matter. Consider whether their specialized training will improve their ability to coach the classes you will be taking. Or, does their specialty only make sense for special classes that you may never take? How long have they been a coach for? How does your coach train and workout? Experience does matter and you should know the background of your coaches.
I hope the tips help you in finding a place you can call your "fitness home"

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