What To Look For When Choosing A Gym For 2017 - StrongLife

What To Look For When Choosing A Gym For 2017


So I’m currently in the midst of mild hangover today following a 30th last night but I want to spend a few moment discussing what you should look for when choosing your gym for 2017.

Now I’d love to tell you all that you should just come and join StrongLife but I’ll be unbiased.

So in no particular order, let’s jump in.

1 – Location

Location plays a key role when it comes to joining a gym. Generally anywhere that’s less than a 30 minute drive is accessible. So scout your local area and see what’s available.

2 – What they offer

So what I really mean by this is, do they offer a service that you are genuinely interested in? Or are you happy to just be exercising.

For many, they join a gym in January to spin the wheels and feel good about exercising. However, as the weeks go by and the results are negligible many can drop off.

So take stock of what you want to achieve, be it weight loss, strength gains, fitness, health and well-being and then look at what each gym offers. You should then be in a better position to choose one based on what your own goals are.

3 – What type of training you enjoy

This may not be clear for many. But if you’re interested in lifting weights to drop fat and tone up, then look at a gym that will give you the best coaching and environment to do so. Getting coached on how to lift correctly will save you months of wasting time in the gym.

Looking to get fitter? Then look for a gym that’s heavily based on fitness/conditioning work to really ramp up your fitness levels.

Want to improve health? A good nutrition coach will be your best shot along with some exercise to develop a diet and lifestyle to match your goals.

For many, it’s a combination of all the above.

You’re not limited to any type of training. If you enjoy classes, training on your own, running etc. Do what you enjoy and what you see yourself doing long term.

4 – The Most Important – Results

This is the main thing that you should look for. Are you joining a gym that delivers results?

I genuinely feel bad for the people who are allowed to tip away on a treadmill 3 days a week with no guidance, help or advice and never achieve their goals. It doesn’t take much to get someone on the right track and start to see results.

If you’re parting your hard earned money to a gym, please ensure you’re getting something in return.


They’re just some very quick things to look for.

A gym should be somewhere you feel comfortable in, where you enjoy going to and most of all, a place that is putting you in the best position to achieve your goals.

Over the next few days, I’ll be putting together a piece on Sticking To Your Resolutions and how to set realistic ones.

Until then, put the feet up and enjoy yourself.


Colm Duignan

Colm Duignan

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