Choosing a gym? How to make up your mind

Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:07am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - It's January and the health clubs have come a-courting.

Their sign-up sales, special offers and discounted rates have arrived just in time to prod your resolution to get fit in 2010.

But as one person's dream workout venue can be another's waste of money, experts have some tips on how to find just the right facility to add inspiration to your perspiration.

And topping their lists is location, location, location.

"Most important is, is it convenient to home or work? Far and away that's the number one reason people use or don't use a gym," said Shawn Talbott, spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine.

"If it's not hyper convenient, don't think you're going to go out of your way," he said flatly.

Talbott says be sure to visit a prospect during the same time you expect to use it.

"If you check out a gym on Saturday afternoon it could be fine, but on Monday morning you might not be able to get on a treadmill," he explained.   Continued...