What to Consider When Choosing a Gym

Searching for the right gym is a challenging process that no one should take lightly. The choice will determine how motivated you’ll be to get in shape and stay in shape. The gym’s features are critical to empower you to train your entire body the right way. Your gym should also fit your personality. If you aren’t comfortable there, you’ll be spending hard earned money on an environment that makes you uneasy.

Go With Your Gut (Or lack thereof)

The top consideration in picking a gym is your gut feeling. When you are on the floor, taking a tour, or testing out the equipment in a trial period, think about whether you feel at ease. Consider whether you’ll be happy in the environment. Think about whether there is enough space, ample workout machines, if everything is clean and whether you are comfortable with the gym’s overall feel.

Take a look around at the demographics of the gym’s customers and think about whether you’d feel comfortable in the environment. Some would rather be in a same sex gym or a facility where older adults congregate. Some gyms seem to attract people who wear the latest fitness trends, others appeal to people who wear whatever feels comfortable.

You’ll also want to consider the gym’s personal trainers.  As the name implies, they are personal, if they are going to help you do your best work, you need to feel comfortable with them and motivated by them.  Here at Ramana Fitness, we have some of the best personal trainers in San Diego, CA; but even the best trainers don’t match everyone’s style.   If you don’t feel at home with the trainers, the gym or the staff, don’t give them your business.


The second most important consideration is the gym’s accessibility. Is it close enough to where you live and work? You need to remove all potential excuses that will allow you to skip out on exercising at the gym. This means that you shouldn’t join a gym that requires a significant commute. Also, consider the gym’s hours. Some gyms have limited hours while others are open 24 hours a day. Some are even closed on weekends. Consider whether you prefer to work out in the morning or evening and find a gym that will fit your schedule.

Gym Staff

One of the most underrated aspects of every gym is its staff. Observe how they interact with members. They should be courteous and helpful. After all, part of the reason they are there is to answer member questions and offer fitness advice. Don’t be afraid to ask about the certifications of staff members to ensure that they are qualified to offer you legitimate guidance.

If you are looking for a whole body experience,  you will also want to consider if there is a nutritionist on staff.  A big part of fitness is proper eating in combination with a challenging workout regimen.

Equipment And Workout Spaces

The gym should have a diverse array of exercise equipment. If you plan to use workout machines, make sure there’s more than one of each of the popular machines. Nobody wants to wait in line to get a workout.  At Rawmana Fitness, we don’t use traditional gym machines in our workouts.  Instead we focus on Functional Training:  Lifting tires, swinging sledgehammers and shoveling sand are all part of the workout here!  Make sure the gym  you choose matches your style of exercise.

Finally, be sure to schedule a tour of any gym you are considering.  If you are uneasy about anything, either rule the gym out or bring up your concerns with your tour guide. Always bring a list of questions for your tour guide or ask the staff while using a free day pass. Always go with your gut, which will hopefully soon be a 6 pack.