Now that the holidays are upon us, it might be time to start thinking about what to do when January 1 rolls around…you know…to work off a little of the candy, turkey and dressing, buttery mashed potatoes and pies we’ve indulged in over the past three months.  So, here are some great tips for finding a gym in your new city!

First of all, studies show that people join gyms for these reasons:

  • Lose weight
  • Build muscle
  • Tone muscle
  • Stress relief
  • Improve overall health
  • Train for an event

Why you’re joining has a lot to do with your gym selection, so be sure to think about your reasons.  Before you select one, do your research to make sure you get everything you want out of the membership.  Keep in mind that many gyms require a contract…you don’t want to be stuck in something for an entire year that doesn’t fulfill your needs. 

I recommend starting with a list of the things you want/need from your gym…operating hours, equipment types, classes, personal training options, dressing/shower facilities, cleanliness, etc. Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to narrow down the choices.

Note: many gyms will allow contract cancellation if you’re moving more than 25-30 miles away from the facility or you become injured in a way that permanently prevents you from exercising. Some will allow a temporary hold on your membership for a temporary injury.

Determine the reasons you want to find a gym in your new city and when you begin researching, ask what each gym can offer in these areas:

Gym location

Regardless of how great the gym is, if it’s too far out of your way, your motivation to go may be hindered. People are normally more likely to go regularly if the gym has easy access to home, work or school.

Gym hours

Whether you prefer to exercise in the morning, on your lunch hour or at the end of the day, you’ll want to find a location that fits your schedule. 

Group fitness options

Many people find group fitness a great motivator for sticking with a gym membership. Attending classes like Zumba®, cardio kickboxing, toning, step and boot camp not only gives you great accountability, it’s also a great way to make friends in your new city. It’s also true that having an instructor to push you through the workout will usually keep you going longer.

Gym equipment

Whether you’re looking for a great cardio workout or strength training, you’ll need good, quality equipment to accomplish your goals. Take a tour of the facility to check out the equipment ahead of time.

Cleanliness and facilities

You may not get the full picture of the cleanliness of the facility until you’ve spent some time there. So, ask for a one or two-week trial membership before you sign on the dotted line.


Lastly, once you’ve found a few gyms that meet your needs, explore pricing structures to see what you get for the price.  Don’t forget to ask for discounts…many gyms give corporate discounts, discounts for paying with an automatic draft from a credit card or checking account or for paying six months to a year in full in advance.

Good luck with your fitness goals and in your new city! Still in the process of moving? Click here to check out the variety of convenient moving services offered by US Border Movers.


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