Many people want to join a gym or fitness club to gain access to more equipment than they have at home. It is an easy solution to using a variety of exercise equipment without having to purchase it yourself. Fitness clubs with pools have an added benefit by allowing you to incorporate aquatic exercises in your workout routine. However, not every gym has a pool, so it is important to determine which fitness clubs in your area have all the equipment and facilities you need to achieve your fitness goals before signing up for a membership.
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Keep Your Options Open
In order to find a fitness club with a pool, you need to first compile a list of all the fitness clubs in your city or within an area to which you are willing to travel to utilize the facility. You can do this by driving around the area you live and noting the location of fitness clubs you see, consulting a phone book or searching online. If you do an online search, you can perform a basic search engine hunt to locate fitness clubs in your city or ZIP code, you can use business search sites like yellowbook.com or manta.com to find gyms in your area, or you can use a website specifically designed to locate gyms, like gymlocator.com, to compile a list of fitness clubs where you live.
Find Your Favorite Feature
After making a list of different fitness clubs that fit your travel considerations, evaluate the features of each facility. Many gym websites have a list of club amenities that detail what types of equipment and additional facilities they offer; if they don't have a website, call and ask about their club's features. Prioritize those facilities that offer a pool. Be aware that certain fitness center chains may have multiple locations in your area but each may have different amenities. Note which locations have a pool -- you can usually sign up for a membership at any of the locations, but you will want to know which location to visit in order to use a pool. Certain gyms offer indoor pools, while others have outdoor pools. If you have a preference, make sure you identify the gyms with the specific type of facility you desire.
Location, Location, Location
Once you have narrowed your list down to fitness clubs in your area with the type of pool you are seeking, the next step is to choose a location. You should base this on each facility's proximity to your home, workplace or other locations you frequent. This will help you choose a fitness club that is the most convenient, which will increase the likelihood that you will make good use of your membership by frequently working out. After deciding on a gym, call or visit the location to verify it has a pool and that it is currently in service. You don't want to spend money on a membership only to find out later that the pool is under construction or no longer available.
Read the Fine Print
Before you sign up for a membership at a fitness club, speak with a representative about pool rules, features and pricing. You will want to know if it is available only for classes or if you can use it on your own, if the pool hours differ from the facility's hours, if you can bring children or guests and the types of aquatic classes offered, for example. Make sure you are comfortable with the extent to which you can use the pool before you sign up. Also, check to see if there are additional fees in order to use the pool. Some gyms include usage of the pool facilities in the standard membership price, while others require a special membership with additional fees or charge on a per use basis.