How to choose the right gym?
1.) KNOW YOUR GOALS
Is your goal weight loss, to gain muscle, to maintain and stay healthy, to improve flexibility mobility or just to be more social? Keep in mind your reason for increasing your fitness and this will help to narrow down the gym that is right for you.
2.) KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS
Do you have a specific injury that you are aware of? Are there any movements that you cannot do or cause pain or any activities that you cannot do or cause pain. If you answered yes to any of these questions you may want a gym that has a coach or trainer that is knowledgeable in injuries and how to modify your workouts based on your ability.
For most people the frequency of going to the gym depends on the ease of getting there. Is it close to your home or work? Consistency in the gym is the best way to get results. Make sure it is easy for you to get there.
Make sure the gym that you choose has hours that are good for your schedule. Do you need a 24 hour gym? If you would like a gym that has group classes, do they offer the class you want at the time that you The gyms hours are an important thing to consider.
Make sure the cost is something that you are comfortable with. Many gyms and trainers offer a discount if you purchase a long term membership or a multiple class membership.
6.) DO YOU NEED A COACH OR PERSONAL TRAINER?
Do you need or want a coach/personal trainer?
Here are some signs that you may benefit from a gym with a coach or personal trainer:
a.) you had or currently have an injury that needs someone to oversee the safety of your exercises
b.) you are not sure if your form is good
c.) you need extra motivation and inspiration
d.) you need someone to hold you accountable
e.) having a coach or trainer will help you be more consistent
f.) you are unsure how to set up a workout program specific for your goals
7.) YOU NEED SOMEONE TO WATCH YOUR FORM
Poor form during exercise can lead to serious injuries that can be permanent. If you think your form is not good, are new to exercise or you would like to decrease your risk of injury you may want to choose a gym that has trainers and coaches that are paying close attention to you and your form.
Choosing to improve your health through increasing your fitness level is an excellent choice. We hope these tips help guide you to find the gym that is right for you. If you have any questions about an injury and the appropriate exercises for you we would be happy assess you and help you in our office.
If you are in pain and value staying active and pain free than Sports Chiropractic & Natural Health Solutions is the place for you. Call today to get on the road to rapid recovery and optimal performance. 561.313.9117 -www.scnhs.com
Written by: Dr. Todd Rodman, DC, CCSP
Dr. Todd Rodman is a board certified sports physician specializing in soft tissue and sports chiropractic therapies for rapid recovery and optimal performance. Since 2010 he has been the official team chiropractor for Florida Atlantic University athletics. He has also worked many athletic events including being on the medical staff for the Ironman triathlon and the director of athlete services for the CrossFit games.
Sports Chiropractic and Natural Health Solutions is located in Boca Raton and Pompano Beach, Florida. Our goal is to help athletes and active people prepare for an event, overcome an injury and recovery from athletic competitions.
The services that we offer in our office include Active Release Technique, Deep tissue laser, Graston, shockwave therapy, Rocktaping, Chiropractic and extremity adjustments, massage therapy, therapeutic exercise, cupping, cervical and lumbar traction, normatec compression, hyperbaric chamber, deep tissue laser, therapeutic ultrasound, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, electrotherapies and movement analysis.
To learn more about our doctors, staff and therapies visit our website at www.scnhs.com.
Our office address is:
Boca Raton Office
9960 S. Central Park Blvd. #375
Boca Raton, Fl 33428
Pompano Beach Office
23 SE 22nd Ave.
Pompano Beach, Fl 33062