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Here at FitnessCentersNearMe.com you’ll be able to easily find a gym in a convenient location. Thousands of fitness centers are voluntarily listing their contact information and service descriptions on our platform, and all you have to do to access that information is to enter the location you’re looking to buy a gym membership at into our search bar.
Did You Know That?
- Only 2% of people quit gym memberships because they meet their fitness goals?
- 20% of people who quit fitness centers say it’s because the gym’s location was not convenient?
- 65% of gym memberships are never used?
- Around 80% of people who enroll in January quit within five months?
- Colorado is the most gym-proactive state, with 21% of population attending gym regularly?
We believe that our database solves two problems:
- Our primary goal is to provide people looking to enroll in a gym with quality, up-to-date information about fitness centers near them. Seeing the whole picture about fitness centers in your town from Google results can be hard and browsing through outdated business databases can discourage one from finding a gym at all.
- Our secondary goal is to help quality fitness centers get the reach they need to keep growing. We’re firm believers that fitness centers bring a lot of good things to the society, and supporting them means improving the community we’re living in.
However, the fitness center database is only a part of our website. The second part acts as a resource for those looking to learn about various fitness related issues. Put simply, we run a blog where we review fitness products, talk about specific exercise problems, analyze fitness diets and talk about the psychology behind working out. To put out the best possible content, we always refer to professional expertise and back our opinions with respectable sources.
Find the Best Fitness Centers Near You
The mission of our fitness center search engine can be separated into two parts:
- We strive to give our readers recommendations for the gyms near them that provide the best service
- We want our readers to make the most informed decisions based on their personal preferences by providing detailed, accurate information about their local gyms
To offer only the best fitness centers to our readers, we are very picky with gyms that we select to list on our website. With each and every listing, we make sure that it’s a real, existing business we’re advertising and not just some spammy marketing attempt. We also always look for people’s reviews and testimonials to make sure the gym under question has a base of satisfied members.
The second part of our mission is realized via detail-rich business profiles, which, we think, provides all the necessary information about the gym. From contact details to our reader’s reviews, from an interactive maps feature to working hours - we made sure that our readers are well-informed when making a decision of which gym to check out.
So, when you’re ready, simply click on the big search bar and enter the location you’re looking to attend a gym at. After a page of all fitness center recommendations in the area will appear, all that’s left to do is to choose the right one for you. It’s really that simple!
Top Reasons to Join a Local Gym
Although we don’t believe there are many people who will dispute the general benefits of being fit, we do understand that some of you simply don’t like gyms, not fitness in general. Reasons for this vary: some people might face psychological barriers, like not wanting to work out in front of others, while others might not choose gyms for purely practical reasons, perhaps if they think the whole process of going to the gym is too time-consuming and not worth the hassle.
Even though most gyms are far from being perfect for everybody, there are a few unbeatable advantages that good gyms offer:
- Working atmosphere. Unless you’re extremely disciplined, if you work out only by yourself, you’re probably going to slack. You’re going to skip an exercise, or even miss a whole day’s workout from time to time. Gyms are great in a way that there’s nothing else to do - if you go, you’re going to work out for sure. And you’re probably not going to leave after 15 minutes either, because others will see that you’re slacking.
- Proper equipment and enough space. Anyone who’s tried working out at home knows the struggle. Keeping free weights at home is subject to severely damaging the floor or your furniture, and unless you keep a whole set of different dumbbells, you’re going to have to change your dumbbell weight manually after each exercise. Buying machines is out of the question - they’re expensive, cumbersome and only train very specific muscle groups. Even if you’re only doing cardio exercises you’re most likely going to run into space problems, not to mention sweating all over your floor.
- Trainer expertise. Practicing weightlifting without having proper form and general knowledge of your physiology can traumatize you for life. That’s why we highly recommend going to professionals working at the gym when you’re doing an exercise for the first time or are simply not sure if you’re doing it right. Even if you’re an experienced lifter, don’t let your ego get the better of you - you could injure yourself irreversibly.
We’re not saying that the gym is the most exciting way of staying fit. We agree that lifting rocks in the mountains or swimming in the opposite direction of a river’s current is way more fun. However, in terms of safety, effectiveness and convenience, there simply aren’t better alternatives to fitness centers.
Types of Fitness and Training Classes
As a contrary to a popular belief, gyms aren’t just warehouses filled with weights and treadmills. In most fitness centers, you’ll find licenced professional trainers giving out most various fitness classes. Here’s a complete range of common fitness classes you’ll find in most any gym:
- Aerobics. A physical exercise programme based on stretching, aerobic movements and strength exercises. These classes are usually well-rounded routines which develop flexibility, strength and cardio-vascular activity. Aerobics is recommended for those who’re not looking for anything in particular and just want to stay fit.
- Cycling (or spinning). A programme based on indoor cycling on stationary bikes. This class is especially focused on high intensity cardio and recovery. It develops lower-body strength and endurance.
- Martial arts/boxing. Most gyms have separate halls where martial arts classes are performed. Most common ones are boxing and karate, but you might find gyms offering more exotic self-defense classes such as the Israeli Krav Maga and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
- High-intensity weight training. A strength training philosophy revolving around weight training. The idea of HI weight training is to push your muscles until momentary muscle failure. This type of training uses parameters like number of repetitions and the weight used to classify exercises.
- Yoga. The world-famous ancient spiritual set of stretching exercises. There are many types of yoga; for example, Hatha Yoga is particularly focused on building physical and mental strength. That’s why you should ask about what kind of Yoga exactly does your gym offer.
- Pilates. Being a modern counterpart to Yoga, Pilates could also be called a form of meditation. Stretching, breathing and spiritual strength are at the core of this training class. Biggest benefits? Significantly reduced stress and unrecognizably straightened posture.
- Aqua aerobics. Gyms with swimming pools usually offer aqua aerobics for their members. This class is based on aerobic movements under water, which train unique muscles in a way our body is not used to.
How to Choose the Right Fitness Center
Fitness is all about long-term motivation. To see significant results, you’ll need to spend months - sometimes even years - in the gym. That’s why carefully selecting the gym that suits all your needs is a must.
Generally, you’ll want to ask yourself the following questions before enrolling in a particular gym:
- Is the location convenient for me? Location is by far the single most important gym selection criteria. Choose smartly and you won’t even notice that you spend any time traveling to the gym. Pick a gym that’s inconveniently located and spend hours driving back and forth, only to feel your workout motivation drain with each hour spent in traffic.
- Do I like the atmosphere? Although generally fitness centers don’t differ much from one another (they’re not art galleries after all), all gyms have their own unique feel about them. Before enrolling, we suggest you take the free trial visit if there’s one available and see if you like the people in the gym, the music that’s played, the lightning, etc. Although it’s natural that you won’t feel like home during your first visit, make sure you’re enrolling to a place that you can see yourself getting comfortable in the future.
- Is the membership priced competitively? Although fitness centers themselves are quite similar, their prices can vary surprisingly, appealing to different clients. If you do choose a gym, make sure to check out their nearby located competitors. You might end up getting a similar level of quality in a near location for half of the price. Remember, sometimes a gym will be much more expensive just because they’re paying a much larger rent for a building that’s in a desired location, say, is overlooking the river from a hill.
Find the Best Personal Trainer for Your Fitness Goals
If you’re new to the gym and/or have set clear fitness goals (e.g. lose/gain 50 pounds by next summer), we strongly recommend that you get a personal trainer who will guide you throughout the process.
A common argument against having a trainer is that fitness is pretty straight-forward: you lift weights and you’ll grow muscle; you run the treadmill and you’ll lose weight. While this is partially true, unless you have good knowledge of physiology behind strength/endurance training and weight gain/loss processes, you’ll probably get results a lot faster with a trainer overlooking everything you do.
Why is that? Firstly, a good trainer will know exactly what you need to do to reach your fitness goals. A gym has what, 150 different training machines? Your trainer will tell you which of those machines and exercises will get you the most out of your effort.
Also, there are tons of myths about fitness nutrition on the Internet. You’ll find sources absolutely contradicting each other on specific diet questions, and if you don’t have an informed opinion of your own, you’ll end up not knowing what to do. A trainer will evaluate your current eating patterns, your body parameters and set goals to create an individualized dieting plan.
Lastly, having set regular workouts with your trainer will increase your chances of keeping to your fitness schedule. We can’t stress enough the importance of consistency and long-term motivation, and having someone relying on you to come will encourage you to keep working out.
What should you look for in your personal trainer? Here are a few suggestions:
- Find someone who is being realistic. Reaching your fitness goals is primarily about not having illusions about how much time it will take for you to lose weight or gain muscle. Avoid salesman-like trainers who are offering you fast results. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
- Find someone whose mentality similar to yours. If you like to get really pumped during your workouts, if you like to turn your “beast mode” on and forget you’re in a civilized environment, having a trainer who is calm and collected will probably make your workouts unpleasant for you both.
- Ask your friends for recommendations. When hiring a personal trainer, you’re potentially looking at a long-term partnership, so knowing how trustworthy and consistent the trainer is could save you from an awkward breakup.
Other Health, Wellness and Fitness Advice
In the age of photoshopped images, it’s easy to forget that fitness, in its essence, is a quest for healthiness and well-being, rather than just looking good. In fact, most people who’ve achieved their fitness goals weren’t focused on their goals at all - they simply love how workouts and proper nutrition make them feel.
What we’re talking about here is psychology behind working out. Why? Because it’s your mindset that’s going to have 99% of impact on whether you reach your fitness goals or not.
And the way you form a proper long-term fitness mindset is when you stop thinking about what you’re trying to achieve and start enjoying the process.
Becoming fit is all about developing the right habits - this goes as much for the actual workouts as it goes for nutrition. Habits that are maintained for life, on a daily basis. The definition of a habit is something that you do automatically, unconsciously.
If before every workout, you need to motivate yourself with Youtube workout montages or visualizations of yourself showing off your beach body nine months from now, working out is not a habit to you yet. If you need to fight yourself each time you see a juicy muffin in a store, proper nutrition is still not in your blood.
If you’re starting off, you should be looking to make your workouts and healthy meals as pleasant for you as possible, so you can get these habits into your system. Invite friends to the gym with you, or work out at 3 AM. Learn how to cook extremely good chicken-rice meals. There are ways to trick your brain into the right habits, you just have to find what works for you.
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