A regular exercise is key to living a long, healthy life. Although you can get in a workout in one of many ways — going for a run outside, doing a fitness DVD in your living room or lifting weights in a home gym — it can sometimes be motivating to make use of a fitness center membership that you pay for, where you exercise among other like-minded fitness enthusiasts.
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However, there's more reason to join a fitness center than just motivation. Gyms also offer group classes, the opportunity to work with personal trainers, a variety of equipment that you probably won't have at home and a safe place to exercise.
Fitness centers offer group classes which allow the support and camaraderie of others as opposed to working out at home alone. In a group class, you are likely to encounter new friendship opportunities and serious motivation. These classes are equally beneficial in helping keep you accountable to yourself and others in your fitness program. You can measure your progress against the class standard and your own milestones—and get inspired to up your challenge level by the performance of others in the class and the encouragement of the instructor. Group classes may include step aerobics, muscle toning, Pilates mat, Tae Kwon Do, kickboxing, spinning, yoga and dance classes.
Fitness centers offer the option of choosing a personal trainer to steer you toward your fitness goals. Personal trainers in reputable gyms are certified professionals who will create a custom workout program for you, work with you during each visit, increase the challenges as you gain fitness, and give you helpful tips about maximizing the benefits of each exercise and varying equipment. Some fitness centers provide nutritionists help ensure your eating plan and exercise program are in sync to help you achieve your best physique. However, these perks likely aren't part of your regular membership
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A Variety of Equipment
A membership to a fitness center offers a wide variety of amenities and equipment, from saunas to weight rooms. Reaching your fitness goals is made easier by the convenience to chose from a plethora of gym equipment. Types of equipment include resistance machines such as leg press, leg curl, chest press, shoulder press and lat pull down.
Free-weight equipment such as bench press, military press, cable cross-over and dumbbells are also available. Additional equipment includes medicine and stability balls and a variety of cardiovascular machines such as treadmills, ellipticals, rowers and steppers.
Regulations and Safety Standards
Fitness centers enforce strict etiquette to ensure members' safety and health. Check-in with ID cards limits admission to screened members. Dress codes keep it professional -- and lower the risk of injury due to use of improper clothing while working with equipment.
Members or gym staff are required to disinfect exercise equipment after each use to prevent the spreading of bacteria and germs. Shower, sauna and locker rooms are sanitized to prevent the spread of germs. Certified trainers monitor workout rooms to be sure members are using machines properly and safely.