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A gym of your choice

If you feel out of place in aerobic classes, see if the place offers classes for senior citizens or some low impact classes like tai chi etc.
PTI | By Kiran Sawhney
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2004 07:51 PM IST

Nowadays, there are so many health clubs and gyms around that the choice can seem overwhelming. Finding one that fulfils your requirements and feels comfortable to you is an essential step to achieving your fitness objectives, because what you are going to make is a big investment of your time, money and energy. It will pay an important role in keeping you committed, motivated and result oriented. Analyse your requirements in the beginning.

 

For majority of people most important factors in choosing a health club will be its location (proximity from their place), timing (of course matching their free time), charges (suiting their pocket). Is this criterion for choosing a health club correct or should there be something more to it? Is this the way you choose medical facility too? Do the location; charges of hospital or timings for that matter influence your choice? Isn't it high time we start looking at health club as something more serious- that is helping us to lead a quality life.

 

Choosing a gym that matches your training goals and lifestyle will get you on the way to achieving your goals. For enjoying your workout, the gym/ studio should have more variety. Your long and short term goals will change naturally along with your interests, commitments and lifestyle and the gym should be able to provide you with a broad sweep of alternatives.

 

   

  Helpful and knowledgeable staff can make all the difference, so do talk to them and check out their qualifications. The instructors should be qualified through accredited organization. If you feel that your level of fitness or desired goals demand intensive attention and personal training, find out if the club offers this service. Have a trainer who is not only fun to workout with, but also has knowledge and passion for his or her work.

 

It is advisable to use body resistance or free weights rather than heavy, fancy machines and multi-gyms. Opt for a fitness boutique that offers variety of classes and options. Just as we cannot have same food day after day, we need change and variety in our workout too. This not only helps to prevent injury and keep the boredom away, by taking monotony away from your regime, but also helps you to achieve better results.

 

If you feel out of place in aerobic classes, see if the place offers classes for senior citizens or some low impact classes like tai chi etc. Include core training, balance training, strength and flexibility training in your workout apart from cardiovascular training to avoid workout burnout. It has often been seen that people spend most of their time in the cardio section of the health club. For this reason it is better to opt for a studio where the instructor decides and designs your workout plan and helps you sail through it.

(The author is a certified personal fitness trainer)

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