Finding a Gym That's Right for You

Here are 10 questions to ask before joining a fitness center.

By Barbara Russi Sarnatoro
WebMD Medical News

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

It seems there's a fitness center on just about every corner now, be it a YMCA, a Pilates studio, or a quickie workout franchise.

But before you spend your hard-earned money on a membership, how can you figure out which one is right for you? How can you make sure it will provide what you need, and that you'll enjoy it enough to keep going back?

Finding an exercise facility that fits your needs doesn't have to be time-consuming or intimidating, experts say. All it really takes is knowing what you're looking for and asking the right questions.

What questions should you be asking? Three fitness experts gave WebMD 10 things to consider before joining a fitness facility.

1. What Do You Want from Your Workout?

This is the starting point. Decide what you want from exercise, and what type of exercise you want to do. Do you love to swim? Or is yoga your true calling? Will you be happy running or walking on a treadmill? Or do you need the latest cardiovascular machines to help keep you motivated? Do you want to improve cardiovascular endurance, build strength, enhance flexibility -- or just make it through a workout without getting bored?