It is a fact that gyms do not want anyone involved in home fitness training. A lot of them go out of their way to downplay the benefits because it will hurt their bottom-line.
However, please keep in mind that there are many benefits to fitness training at a gym that home training just doesn't have.
Therefore you have to weigh all your options carefully when deciding where you are going to do your fitness training.
The majority of fitness training centers, gyms, etc. big and small all expect to stop using their facility and services soon after you sign your contract and start paying your membership dues.
These same fitness centers and gyms also hope and pray that that's just what you'll do.
Most people start doing their fitness training at a gym or fitness center at the beginning of January each year then stop using their membership within a couple of months, even though they are still paying monthly dues for the rest of the year.
If you tend to do this year after year, then you should look at doing your fitness training at home. Hundreds of thousands of people do this year after year.
Initially, they decide that "this is the year" and they get all excited about getting in shape, losing weight, building muscle, improving their fitness level and their health or whatever their specific goals may be, but they quickly give up.
Why is this? What would cause so many people to decide against home fitness training and go out and sign a contract and not use the services they're paying for?
Actually, there are a lot of reasons, some are personal to each individual but there are many that are the same for everyone who does this.
Some reasons for doing your fitness training at home include:
There is a lot of misinformation out there about fitness centers and the benefits of home fitness training. Let's now take a look at what fitness centers don't want you do know about so you can decide for yourself if home fitness training is right for you.
#1: Most people quit going within a couple of months but still keep paying because of the contract they've signed. This is what gym owners and managers want, a lot of people paying but few actually using the equipment.
Gyms and fitness centers notice their biggest increases in new memberships starting in the second week in January and lasting approximately 4 weeks. Everyone gets so excited about finally making "this year" the year that they start exercising and get into great shape. Unfortunately, this attitude is short lived.
Fitness centers want this and expect it because there is less wear and tear on their equipment but they are still raking in the big profits.
#2: You might be surprised to know that fitness centers aren't the healthiest places due to the high amount of bacteria that is on the equipment. By the way, you should never use a shower at any gym unless you wear flip-flops with a thick bottom. Gym showers are covered with bacteria. Shower when you get home.
Most diseases are transmitted by direct and indirect contact. Next time you're at a gym take notice of how many sick people there are. How many are coughing and sneezing over the equipment that other people are touching.
Researchers have found some quite interesting bacteria in random checks of even the cleanest gyms. It doesn't matter if the equipment is occasionally wiped down, the bacteria will remain.
And don't use the towels gyms provide. You don't know what their washing procedure is, so don’t take a chance.
#3: Once you sign a fitness center membership contract you'll have a tough time canceling your monthly dues. They want you to sign up then stop using their facility, they don't want you to stop paying your dues.
Some, but not all, fitness centers really try to intimidate you into keeping your membership. Some are also very rude and demeaning to members who try and quit.
Even more alarming are the number of fitness centers that continue charging your credit card or drawing funds from your bank account for months after you cancel.
Of course once you notice that they’ve been doing this they'll give you every excuse in the book including saying that they didn't receive your cancellation letter. So if you buy a membership and then want to quit make sure you have the manager or owner sign a second copy of your cancellation letter.
#4: You won't have to worry about being pressured into signing up for services that you don't need or want. Some of the pressure tactics really come out once the salesperson knows you're going to get a membership.
Try and take the contract home and read it before you sign it. Sometimes there can be conditions in there that will cause you problems later on. If the gym won't let you, just walk out.
#5: Some fitness centers don't spend enough time or money maintaining their equipment. Parts on a lot of different types of commercial equipment will wear out over time. If they aren't properly maintained they can cause an accident.
This is one of the reasons fitness centers don't want all their members using the facility, as mentioned above.
#6: You don't have to worry about the lock on your locker being broken off while you're exercising and someone stealing all your stuff. It is a fact, this happens in almost every fitness center world-wide.
Over the years thousands of people have a lot of different things stolen and in some cases things are stolen right from the weight floor when you are busy doing a set. It's honestly amazing how many scumbags there are out there hanging around the gym.
If something is stolen it's not the gyms responsibility. There is no way they can keep their eyes on everyone in every area of the gym. It's just not possible so you have to be responsible for everything you bring in. Your wallet, purse, cell phone, gym bag, clothes, car & house keys and anything else you have on you when you enter.
There are many benefits to home fitness training but there are also some problems with home fitness training that are discussed in a different part of this site.
You have to think carefully before deciding for home fitness training or signing a fitness center contract. Take your time and ask questions because with either option you’re going to be spending money.
It’s a fact, all over the world there are many who share your fitness goals and are experiencing the same fitness challenges you are. They would all be very interested in knowing how you succeeded. What helped you, was it a certain type of fitness training program or exercise?
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