Fitness Center or Gym Evaluation Sheet
1 in 5 club members use their club at least twice per week.
30,000 (est.)clubs exist in the U.S.
The national average monthly membership is $47 for single, $72 per couple, $74 per family.
40% of those who join health clubs stop going soon afterwards.
First, get a free pass or guest session.
Ask about discounts or corporate accounts.
Choose a club no further than 10 miles away from your home or office.
Visit at a time when you would actually go to workout.
Contact the Better Business Bureau and ask about any grievances against the facility.
- Are you getting or do you want a limited access membership?
- Is there a 3 day grace period after signing that lets you back out penalty -free?
- Is there a trial period (typically two weeks to a month) with full refund?
- Does a refund clause allow you to quit and get money back based upon remaining time?
- Does a freeze clause allow a temporary stoppage of the membership?
- Is there a transfer clause allowing you to sell remaining membership to someone else?
- Does the club have a membership ceiling?
- What is the square-footage-to-membership ratio? (Divide square footage by the number of members.) The average is 17:1, less than 10:1 is too crowded.
- Is the club well lit with as much natural sunlight as possible?
- Is there enough cardiovascular equipment (bikes, stair climbers, etc.) and a good traffic flow to it?
- Is the club affiliated with any organizations?
- Are the instructors certified or appropriately educated?
- Do the facility hours of operation fit your schedule?
- Does the aerobics room have adequate size and flooring?
- Does the layout make sense and allow easy machine access?
- Does the equipment appear dirty, old or in disrepair?
- What equipment are you most likely to use?
- How important to you are the facilities the club does not offer?
- Are there enough mirrors for each machine and free weight area to observe your workout?
- Is the facility close enough to home or work?
- Is the club well ventilated without drafts from vents?
- Is the temperature of the club comfortable, approximately 70-72 F degrees?
- Are you comfortable with the club's clientele?
- Is the pace and atmosphere of the club right for you?
- Is the range of weights adequate?
- Do facility employees seem pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable?
- What is the facility's reputation?
- How do club members feel about the facility?
- How clean is the club? Lockers, pool, showers.