Teenage obesity rates are through the roof. And, who wants to be fat? While healthy eating is essential to weight loss, working out is an important component. Even if you’re not overweight, you might want to work out to get jacked or in great shape.
Depending on your interests and situation, your best fitness option may be to join the gym. But, if your parents aren’t members anywhere or you’ve never been to one, you may be a little scared about joining. Have no fear! Here are our four tips to pick the right gym.
Search For Deals
Some gyms will give discounts to teens who buy memberships. Some of those can even be huge. For example, at my local YMCA the adult membership is about 40 dollars a month, but they let teens join for 15. That’s a great deal that most teens can afford and it gives you access to the entire gym: weights, cardio equipment, pool, and social events.
Call around or check out the websites of the gyms in your area. Find one that offers you a deal. If a gym isn’t willing to give you a price break for your age, you can easily find one that will. However, don’t go solely on price alone.
Find One That Meets Your Needs
Gyms can vary a lot. Some are merely barbell clubs for guys who want to look huge. Others are geared towards middle aged women who walk on the treadmill. You’ll have to determine your health and fitness needs and make sure the gym can meet those.
Look at your goals and decide what exercises you’d like to do to meet your goals. Then, find a gym where you can do them. For example, if your goal is muscle gain, make sure there are weights. If you want to get quicker, look for cardio equipment. If you love swimming, make sure there is a pool.
Atmosphere Is Important
You may feel more comfortable in a place where lots of teens workout or where the majority of people are at your fitness level. Maybe the gym has a lot of creepy guys. You just don’t know until you actually visit. If you get a bad vibe or feel you won’t actually want to workout there, then don’t waste your money!
Be aware that some gyms might give teen discounts, but still won’t be welcoming to teens. Or, they might place restrictions on hours or machines for younger people. Find this out in advance so you aren’t unpleasantly surprised.
Watch For Scams
Make sure your parents or other adults help you in the process of choosing a gym. Some gyms have pushy salesmen that want to lock you into expensive contracts. Sometimes they’ll give you “deals” that never actually make it to your parents’ credit card. Check out reviews of gyms first online or ask around. Don’t get sucked in or scammed.
Whatever gym you pick, make sure you use it. Getting fit and healthy will make you feel better about yourself. Although I can’t recommend a gym in every area, the local YMCA is usually a good place to start with your quest. They typically have a lot of teens, they have a lot of workout options, and they are typically honest with their prices and service.