With so much information available to consumers, it’s hard to know what are the best health and wellness choices for you. How do you know if a facility is right?
Here are a couple of helpful hints to help you find the right fitness facility for you!
1/ Sit down and have a serious “think” about what you are looking for. What are your goals? What are your fitness beliefs?
A couple of examples:
If you choose a facility that is hard core and go til you drop and really you are looking for something calming and relaxing for your fitness, it won’t be a good match. I had a friend who was looking for Tai Chi and ended up in Taekwondo… it was not pretty.
If you are looking for authentic cycle training for the summer outdoor riding season and end up in a facility that is more about the experience, with weights and high RPM’s through the whole class, it’s probably not a good fit.
2/ Look for facilities that are credible. Certifications of trainers and instructors. Not all facilities require trainers and instructors to have fitness certifications and as a consumer, you want to ensure that the person at the front of the room or working with you one on one, is going to provide programming that is effective and will keep you safe. There are many training methods and theories out there, be sure that the instructor/trainer knows basic anatomy and physiology and isn’t just going from what they do in the gym themselves!
For group fitness – look for an AFLCA certification (Provincial Governing Body), Can Fit Pro certification (National Governing Body) or something along the line of the speciality you are looking at IE: boxing coach credentials.
For Personal Trainers – an AFLCA or Can Fit Pro Strength or PFT certification, University or Certified Training center or equivalent degree or diploma.
Yoga – Yoga Alliance or 200 hour yoga training.
3/ Check out the facility and read their website, blog and comments. Making sure their beliefs as far as health and wellness is concerned match yours is important.
4/ Go the facility when you plan to do your workouts. There is nothing worse than being locked into a membership and finding out that when you want to workout, is the busiest time of the day and their are waitlists for equipment. Or maybe you want to go to a class and there isn’t one at your preferred workout time.
5/ Talk to the front desk person at the facility you are interested in. They are the “HUB” of any fitness facility and they should be able to tell you everything you need to know.
Know what is important to you and what your goals are before you start looking for a health and wellness facility. You don’t need to know the exact details of how you are going to achieve your goals, that’s what your fitness expert is for. However,understanding what you want and need will help you narrow down all of those choices that are out there.
Here’s to finding the right facility for you!