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Over the last 20 years I've been an owner of two gyms and been lucky enough to work with a number of great personal trainers and strength and conditioning coaches. Its given me a great insight into what motivates people to workout, what they want out of their gym training, and what they expect a great gym to be able to do for them.

What I've come to realise however, has shocked me to my core.

We are trapped in a self perpetuating cycle where, as gym goers, our expectation of what gym training is all about is causing businesses to design poor gyms, which in turn further warps our expectation of what a good gym should be, causing them to design gyms that are one step further away from what a good gym should be.

This destructive cycle is causing people to fail in their gym experience.

More people than ever before have a gym membership. More people than ever before are working out regularly. More people than ever before are including exercise and fitness in their top 5 life priorities. Any yet, more people than ever before are obese. More people than ever before drop out of gym training within a month than ever before. So where is it going wrong.

Let me be straight with you. Working out for great results is relatively simple. With no more than an hour per week you should be able to see and feel significant changes. And these changes should be visible within days not months or years. Furthermore, you should be able to make these improvements day after day, with most average people, with a typical set of goals, being able to attain these within 6 to 8 weeks. No word of a lie, no exaggeration, it really is that achievable.

Ok, so if its that simple, you ask, why isn't it working for me? Well first off, take a look at our article on how to exercise effectively. This makes it clear that certain factors should be considered, or dismissed, when looking for the right gym for you to train in:

  • Power racks (or cages) should be plentiful as should barbells, free weights and incline/decline benches. 100% of your productive routine will be based on just using these, regardless of age, gender, or physique/body shape goals.
  • Personal trainers, or coaches, to train you in correct exercise technique. You need these guys and gals to show you exactly how to perform an exercise, to ensure your form is spot on, and to review your form as you progress. You don't need them to give you diet sheets, and you especially don't want them to give you workout programs. Beyiond this, a PT or coach to help you with joint mobility prior to working out, and dynamic stretching after your workout covers pretty much every average persons needs.
  • Tiny weight plates for small increments in the amount of weight lifted. Often called 'Micro Plates' these are essential for progressive overload.

Well that's it. That's the honest truth about what training facilities your gym needs to have. Without these, you seriously risk under achieving.

Now don't be fooled. There are lots of things in gyms that are there because gym owners feel they have to be there because YOU expect them to be there. The following list are things many gyms have which add no real value to your training:

  • Row after row of cardio equipment. Extensive time on cardio equipment has no justifiable beneficial effect on weight management whatsoever.
  • Core strength facilities.
  • Preloaded weight machines
  • Huge array and selection of classes

Right, we're there. You're now armed with the information you need to help you choose a gym that wont waste hours and hours of your life. You know what to look for to help you achieve your goals in just a few short weeks. You know what to look for to avoid disappointment. So click here to find a gym in your area, at the best price, with any possible discount coupons available.

Your Feedback and Comments

Posted By: Sally Baxter   Posted: 09/07/2014 10:03:45

Just read your latest newsletter about choosing a gym. Ive been a member of David Lloyd for a couple of years and love it.

It has rows of treadmills and cross trainers, which I love using. It also has lots of machines and wobble boards, all of which I use.

Are you saying this gym is not a good one Ive improved my body tone quite a bit in the few years Ive been coming here and I m a lot fitter and more comfortable with how I look and feel

Reply From: Moderator

I've been a member of David Lloyds myself for many years over my training life time and the ones I went to where very well equipped. They had power racks, barbells, ample free weights and benches and have some very knowledgeable personal trainers. Ive never found one with very small incremental weight plates, but then I own my own set of these so that's not an issue for me.

However, they have a lot of cardio equipment, run dozens of classes, have swimming pools and lots of other facilities. Its important that you recognise that in many cases this simply encourages you to be distracted from whats important when your training, and even worse, can even hold your progress back.

 

Posted By: Paul Tucker   Posted: 08/07/2014 19:44:59

This appears to be suggesting a one size fits all approach.I just dont feel this is appropriate when so many people have so many different reasons to train. Surely you need to find the sort of gym that suits your needs and has the sort of equipment youll be interested and motivated to use

Reply From: Moderator

You're right Paul, people have a whole range of different goals. Some people train to improve their competitive rugby performance, others to lose weight, others to feel fitter. The list is endless.

However, in online polls conducted by a large fitness retailer, 95% of men asked to pick their target physique picked those with 10% or less body fat whilst carrying 10 pounds or more of muscle tissue above average, whilst over 90% of women picked women with 15% or less body fat with at least 5 pounds of muscle tissue above average.

So whilst there are many goals, it would seem that for the vast majority of us, there is a great deal of commonality in what we want primarily out of our training.

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