Is It Time To Break Up With Your Gym?

Hi friends! Recently Wendy Del Monte asked me how you know it’s time to break up with your gym. In the new year it’s common for many of us to wish for better health and be motivated to take action, such as joining a gym. Often times we don’t keep up with going, which of course is counterproductive to the reason we joined in the first place. If you have fitness and health goals that include working out but you aren’t sure you’ve joined the right gym or fitness club take a look at this article for medium.com. I hope it sheds some light on how we can lose motivation in the midst of still wanting what’s best for our bodies, and how to take control back of your health goals.

7 Signs It’s Time To Break Up With Your Gym

Originally Published: January 16, 2020 at Medium.com
Written by: Wendy Del Monte

January is the time when lots of people decided to get healthy and part of that can include joining a gym. However, it’s not as easy as just finding one and joining. Sometimes after joining you have this little niggle in your head about whether you made a mistake. The beauty is that you don’t have to stay at a gym that doesn’t work for you. Not all gyms are created equal! You CAN and SHOULD leave a gym that isn’t the right fit for you. Trust me, I know. I’ve joined and quit a few gyms in my life. The last gym I belonged to I LOVED, however, I had to take a hiatus from that gym for financial reasons. They understood and encouraged me to come back when I could. I knew I wasn’t alone in taking a break and I wondered what other reasons people left their gyms. I asked Eraldo Maglara, a certified Personal Trainer and host of Unplugged with Eraldo And Daryn what made people think about breaking up with their gyms.

  1. You stop going The most important thing that lets you know it’s time to move on to another gym is if you simply stop going! If you aren’t motivated to go to the gym and are maybe even avoiding going, that’s one of the biggest signs that it’s time to move on. Your gym should be a way for you to reach your goals, not a way to help you make excuses.
  2. Scheduling One of the best things about going to a gym is being able to attend the classes or events that are offered. There is nothing like the feeling of finishing up a class you’ve been looking forward to! It absolutely encourages a sense of community among the members and its very motivating! However, when you can’t get into the classes that interest you, either because they are booked, or they are not offered at a time you can attend, it’s frustrating. Gyms should have a variety of classes and time options for you to use and experience. Be sure your gym and your schedule mesh.
  3. Maintenance They say “first impressions” can make or break a deal. No arguments here. What’s your first impression of the facility? Is it clean? Is the equipment relatively modern and in good shape? Does it smell? Are the showers and locker room hygienic? A good gym environment is one that is clean, friendly, energetic and in great working condition. There is nothing more unsettling than not having working equipment or a clean place to work out. Any machine can break down, but if most of the machines are broken, there are a lot of missing items and the mats are cracked and dirty, it’s probably time to move on.
  4. Support System The key to a successful gym partnership is a support system. Yes, you have to believe in yourself and be motived to keep going, but a good gym will be a place that encourages you. I learned this the hard way when I once went to a very unsupportive gym where they just wanted my money, and in fact, made fun of me. They never said an encouraging word to me at all. Then, years later, I joined the gym that was 100% perfect for me- filled with people who were just as invested in my health as I was! It’s still one of my favorite places. Encouragement, gratification, positive reinforcement, and education are all necessary tools to have to build confidence and stimulate us to achieve our goals no matter what they are. Your gym should have all of those traits, and if it doesn’t you need to move on to find that one that will.
  5. Membership Increases Have you heard the stories of people joining a gym a specific price, onto to have fees tacked on and frequent price increases? You want to pay a reasonable price for a clean, quality gym, that has a good staff, but you don’t want to be taken advantage of. When you join a gym that you know you’ll be able to afford, and they keep raising the prices, that’s a red flag to think about whether it’s a place you want to stay. Also, be aware of the cancellation processes and the timelines for such. A gym membership is a financial commitment, and if you don’t feel as that your membership is valuable, you might want to look for something more in tune with your budget.
  6. Certified Trainers There are a lot of people who have great intentions to help you at the gym. Some of the nicest people want to help and inspire you, and you can always use another cheerleader. One thing you want to make sure of, however, is that you take instruction from a qualified Trainer. After all, you wouldn’t go to a doctor who isn’t educated, trained, or qualified to look after your health, would you? If you notice that there is a lack of qualified instructors in your gym, that would be a concern? Having an educated trainer can be the difference between a great workout and an accidental injury. It is your health after all.
  7. Abusive Environment Making the decision to start a new healthy lifestyle is a lot more than a new diet and working out. A lot of it, maybe even most of it, is mental. If you’re not motivated and excited about your journey, you’ll be tempted to quit. That’s why the environment at the gym is just as important as the classes offered and the equipment. You want to have a welcoming place that has trainers and staff that is ready to cheer you on and encourage you to achieve your goals with positive reinforcement. If your gym bullies or harasses you to do more than you’re ready to do, it’s absolutely time to move on. There is a fine line between encouragement and abuse. Never let anyone shame or harass you into doing a class, or workout you don’t want to do or aren’t ready to tackle!

The decision to join a gym is a great one and can be a very rewarding relationship that can change your life. Just like in any relationship, there is a give and take and you should know that at times it’s healthy and okay to move on.

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