Working out is not only good for your figure and physical condition, it also brings great comfort to your mind. If you are determined to start working out, it is better to start in a gym in order to benefit from the support of a coach. Lyon being a large city, training clubs are to be found at every corner, which makes it difficult to choose. Discover some criteria to make the right decision.
Choose according to location and equipment
To find a good gym, in Lyon or in any other French town, the first selection criterion is certainly its location. In order not to waste time on the way to the gym, it would be better to register in an establishment close to your home or office. This way you can train for an hour between two errands or during your lunch break. It is important to note that this proximity is essential to stay motivated. Indeed, the further away the gym is, the more your motivation will be challenged.
Also remember to check the club’s hours, especially if you have a tight schedule. Some gyms are open during regular hours (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.), but you can find gyms with flexible hours (6 a.m. to 11 p.m., weekends and holidays). If you need to work out at unusual hours, make sure the club is open and secure.
The equipment provided requires special attention. The equipment should be in excellent condition to minimize the risk of accidents. Of course, the diversity, number and range of training equipment are major assets.
Analyze the club’s environment
The dynamism and the atmosphere in the gym should suit you. Indeed, concentration is often essential to perform exercises correctly, but it can be disturbed by other athletes if the club is too noisy. It is therefore advisable to choose an establishment with a serious atmosphere. The lack of conviviality or exchanges can also represent a brake on motivation for those who like to socialize during training sessions. The trick is to choose according to your preferences. But before subscribing, consider testing the gym at least twice at different times. This will give you an idea of the environment.
You should also inspect the hygiene of the premises, especially the maintenance, the cleanliness of the equipment, the products used, etc. Hygiene does not only concern the showers and toilets. You will have to check the equipment and the corners of the room.
In gyms, training sessions are never without risk, which is why it is advisable to choose a company that provides you with instructors or sports coaches. In addition to supervising you during the exercises, they will be able to propose a program adapted to you to reach the fixed objectives (weight loss, fitness, gain in muscular mass…). The most concerned establishments may even ask you for a medical certificate before subscribing, which is quite wise.
Several points to check before signing up
For a gym to offer you the best training conditions, it must have a minimum of infrastructure and equipment. The basics of a gym are the free training area with mirror as well as the weight and cardio area. These are the first to check, but access to other services can improve your sessions: group classes (Pilates, Yoga, Zumba…), individual coaching (fitness, intensive program, diet…), relaxation and wellness area (spa, pool, jacuzzi…).
Of course, subscribing for these additional services will increase the registration fees. By the way, subscription costs differ widely from one gym to another. Therefore, think about comparing offers to find the one that meets your needs and your budget. It is also possible to take advantage of welcome discounts or other promotions to minimize costs. Moreover, you will have to look carefully at the posted rates to know the services and the formulas proposed.
The recommendations of your relatives (neighbors, friends, colleagues) and the opinions of Internet users on dedicated online forums can also facilitate the search. Take advantage of this to find a reputable gym.