I was recently asked by a current member, who is moving out of state, what was the best way for his family to choose a new gym in the area where they would be moving. I thought about what I look for in a gym while on vacation and also what I like to stress most in my gym at home.

Towel service

Towel service is one of the first things I look at when going to a gym. Think about it: If you belong to a gym with towel service, it is more likely that it will be cleaner all around because everyone has access to towels. People will be more likely to wipe up their sweat. At a gym where people bring their own towels they are likely to forget. So it’s a plus because it’s more likely that the gym will be a cleaner one.

Gym convenience

Find a gym close to where you live or work. If you have to drive far to get there, it’s going to be harder to get yourself to visit the gym because it will not be as easily accessible.

Locker room cleanliness

When you choose a gym, check out the locker room and look in the showers. This is where cleanliness is most important, because germs are most easily transferred in a damp environment. In workout areas make sure there is no trash lying around. If it’s dirty, move on and choose a health club with emphasis on HEALTH.

Try it out

Ask for a guest pass or pay if you have to. You can ask the members what they like about it.

Get the right equipment

When choosing a gym, see if it has the equipment you like to use. If you like free weights, make sure the area is big enough for several people to work out. If you want weight machines, make sure that your gym has them for all muscle groups. Be sure it has more than one or two of your favorite cardio machines.

Customer service

I look for a gym with friendly, approachable employees. If you are not sure what you are doing, they will be easy to ask for help. Look for a gym that has employees available to help you when you need help!

I don’t know about you but these are the things that are most important to me when I am choosing a place to workout when I am out of town. Find the more organized/cleaner gyms and go there. You will be happier for it!

Lynn Pass is owner of The Gym in Oneonta. She
holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human
Performance from Auburn University and personal
training and aerobic certifications in ACE, AFFA, and