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4 Tips for Choosing the Right Gym

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Gym

Thinking about joining a gym? Here’s how to find the right one for you.

  1. Make sure it’s convenient to your home or work. 
    Sure, Rhode Islanders are well known for their dislike of driving distances. But this advice applies regardless. You’ll be more likely to go—and have more time for your workout.
  2. Ask about the hours.
    Like to work out early or late? Make sure the fitness center is open. Also, if you’re going at busy times—such as before work or after work—visit during those hours and see if there’s a wait for equipment.
  3. Think about the bells and whistles you want.
    Most offer cardio machines, free weights, and group exercise classes. But some also have pools, racquetball courts, child care, and other services. Ask what’s included in your membership. If there are different membership levels, only buy what you’ll use.
  4. Take the full tour.
    Note if the machines seem well maintained, if there are wipes or sprays for disinfecting the equipment, and if the locker rooms are clean. If not, look for someplace else.

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