Many people are finding themselves in one of two situations recently:
You have concerns about returning to your previous gym due to safety concerns
You haven’t been exercising and this pandemic has shown you how important it is to start to make your health and fitness a priority.
We want to explain the various options out there, in hopes to make your return a safe and positive one! Here are 3 types of gym options/memberships;
Globo Gyms– Think Planet Fitness, Answer is Fitness, Gold’s Gym, YMCA or similar. These gyms have low ($10-40/month) “access” fees. They usually involve a lengthy contract and very little help once you sign and join. There are endless rows of cardio equipment and plenty of free weights and machines. Some of these gyms may include large group classes of 20+ members. If low cost, and little direction is what works for you, this may be a good fit for you. That’s not a bad thing, however, this style of gym is usually best suited for a very motivated gym goer who doesn’t require much oversight, help, or accountability.
“Boot Camps”– Here is where businesses like Orange Theory, Burn Boot Camp, Get Fit Boot Camp land. These gyms will have a higher price point than Globo Gyms ($99-199/month). They almost always have an initial offer of 2-4 weeks free, to help get you in the door.
One of the biggest complaints I hear from people that try a globo gym or boot camp is the classes are too large or there is not enough individual attention towards the members needs and goals. Getting started at these facilities is a relatively simple process and once you’ve joined, you can start jumping into classes immediately. Many of these places do not offer any sort of individualized nutrition coaching program either. So, what about your goals? How do you know how to achieve them without focused fitness and nutrition coaching?
With that being said, the above kinds of gyms are super popular and do a good job jumpstarting a change and keeping those self-motivating people going.
Here comes the third type of gym / membership.
The “Health & Fitness” Center- There is a growing trend in fitness to collaborate with other health and fitness professionals in effort to offer more to their clientele. At facilities like these, you may see massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapist, nutrition coaches, fitness coaches and others all working together as a team, to best meet the clients needs.
At these facilities (like ours), memberships usually start with a conversation. We need to learn our clients needs and goals first. From that discussion, we prescribe options for the best way to reach their goals. This may include one on one personal training, individualized nutrition coaching and/or some group classes.
The benefits of a set up like this, is that it allows the client to work with a team, so that the professionals can discuss potential pitfalls and keep open communication to best meet the needs of the individual client. Facilities like these would likely have monthly rates starting at approximately $150 and going up to $1000+ if they include personal training, nutrition, or other programs. We are taking services from multiple different areas and bringing them under one roof.
Depending on you, and your individual specific needs, each of these 3 options can be beneficial. The truth is that none of these options work if you cannot show up consistently. The best facilities in the world, with all the top professionals and equipment won’t make the changes for you. You have to show up and put the work in!
If you want to have a conversation with one of our coaches, schedule a free virtual intro and not only will have you talk about your goals and aspirations, but you’ll learn about Torque Health and Fitness, home of CrossFit Torque.
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