I worked for other health clubs for close to 20 years and have owned my own martial arts and fitness center for close to 10 years. Over the years I have noticed there are many reasons why people don’t join a fitness center or health club. Hopefully I can help you make a good decision and get you on the road to a fitness lifestyle. The following are the biggest reasons people don’t join.
#1 Procrastination– Let’s face it we’ve all done it. In fact you may be doing it now. Working out is just what it says, work, but in the right case can be kinda fun. Take your time to find the right place but when you do, get started and get yourself fit.
#2 Commitment– Commitment is a big one. Most people fear to commit to anything, especially something that requires working out on a regular basis. Most health club and fitness centers require at least a one year commitment, sometimes more. Make sure the place you are looking at has short term options.
#3 Competition– I know a lot of people who want to check out the competition. They will literally go on free passes at every gym in town. That is your right and it’s a great idea, unless you never join. Write down your criteria for your gym and weight you options. Make the decision that’s best for you. Make sure you are comfortable with the members and the instructor.
#4 Spouse– “I want to talk to my spouse”, this is usually what people say when pressured to get out of the office. If this is the real reason, find a place that is a good place to workout for you and your spouse.
#5 Price– Well price is kind of tricky. Unfortunately in this economy it is the first thing people look at. The real big gyms can offer extremely low prices because they bank on the fact that you are not going to use their gym so they can get more people that are going to use the gym. These gyms are selling space and not service. Make sure the people are attentive to you when you come in. So more so than price what kind of value is the gym giving you?
OK here comes my SHAMELESS PLUG. I want to offer you a chance to come into my gym and test out all of the reasons I spoke of and hopefully get you as a new member. Just go to shaddockmma.com, then go to the contact section and fill out the contact form. I will give you the option to try a class or better yet get a one on one session with me for free.
So if you want great service, a place you can take your wife to, a gym you will be comfortable with, with short term commitment, and at an affordable price, come see me.
Keep your hands up,
Coach John “Bones” Shaddock