Finding and Joining a New Gym When You Move

Finding a new gym when you move is a challenge. However, visiting and choosing a new gym also can be exciting and provide an opportunity to make a fresh fitness start. Here are tips for selecting a new gym.

Look Near Your Home or Office

One key to being fit is working out regularly. Most people won’t regularly drive more than 15 minutes to work out. Use Google Maps or a similar tool to find gyms within a 10-to-15 minute drive of either your new home or workplace. 

Check Program Offerings

Check the gym’s website to see their offerings before deciding whether to visit. Not all gyms offer the same programs; you want one that features the activities you enjoy, such as yoga, swimming, racquetball, weight machines, or group classes. If you have young children, you may also choose a gym with child care. 

Visit During the Time You Plan to Attend

Visit the gym during the times when you most likely would be working out. Is the gym overcrowded? Do you have to wait long for a machine or swim lane?

While you’re there, check the cleanliness and maintenance of equipment. Employees should wipe machines several times during the day, and members should be encouraged to wipe down machines after each use. Also, check whether the locker rooms provide the amenities you want. 

Notice the air quality, as well. Are the airflow and temperature good? Is the gym smelly?

If possible, obtain a free pass for the gym you are considering and visit during the hours you ultimately hope to attend. Free access or a free week provides an excellent opportunity to experience the gym before committing.

Check for Reciprocity

One great gym benefit is reciprocity, which allows you to work out at gyms in other cities or different neighborhoods without having to pay an expensive guest fee.  Many national chains offer reciprocity, as does the YMCA. Independent gyms also sometimes form consortiums that provide for partial or full reciprocity.

Reciprocity is helpful if you want the option to work out at lunchtime or on the weekends, but your job and home aren’t that close to each other. Reciprocity also is beneficial when you travel. 

Fees, Contracts, and Payment Policies

Read the contract carefully to determine if you are committing to a long-term membership that you’ll have to pay for regardless of whether you use the gym, move away, or are injured. If you have any questions about the contract, ask. Some gyms offer no-contract options.

Also, check the fee structure to be sure it fits your budget. For example, many gyms offer the option of paying membership annually at a discounted rate rather than paying monthly. If you can pay annually, this option will be attractive.

Examine all the documents carefully to determine hidden fees, such as duplicate membership cards or participating in specific programs. 

Check the Written and Unwritten Rules

Gyms have a culture. Some gyms attract those who want to socialize rather than work out, while others draw hard-core fitness buffs. You want a gym with rules that match your personality. Things like attire, talking on the phone in common areas, and more might be things for you to consider.

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5 Community Events That Can Tell You About Your New City

Relocating to a new city may be necessary at some point in life, and these moves are always a little more of a challenge. Not only are you contending with the physical process of getting everything to the new town, but you are also looking at making yourself at home in a place that feels unfamiliar. Here are a few community events you may want to check out that can make you more comfortable in a new city after a move. 

1. Annual Festivals

Localized community festivals often represent something the area is known for. For example, a major apple farming community may have a festival associated with apples, or a city known for its folk art may have a folk art festival. These festivals often bring community vendors, business owners, and residents together to enjoy extraordinary things about the area. Festivalnet is an excellent place to look for festivals in any given area. 

2. Street or Neighborhood Parties

In some cases, you may come across a more localized event like a street party, neighborhood picnic, or even a community yard sale within a particular area. If possible, get involved with these events to get to know your neighbors, or consider organizing something yourself. These smaller-scale gatherings are a good indicator of a close-knit community.

3. Fundraisers

Check local listings in the newspaper’s community calendar or watch online community social media groups. In most cases, you will find some type of fundraiser taking place at different parts of the year. These fundraisers help bring in funding for important causes. Still, as a new dweller in the area, these events can also give insight into community needs. Fundraising activities can tell you whether people work together for the greater good, and more. 

4. County Fairs

County fairs are a lot of fun, even though they are not usually as big as state-hosted fairs. These smaller events often involve vendors and organizers from the local community. You may even see favorite local foods for sale at the event or get to watch someone from the community provide entertainment.

Most fairs and carnivals are hosted through the summer months, but you may occasionally see one of these events hosted in early fall. So check out local radio and newspapers to determine if the new place you now reside in has anything upcoming. 

5. City Council Meetings

It doesn’t hurt to visit one of these meetings as a newcomer. For one, you will get to know more about the local government. Two, you will get more familiar with some of the issues that are taking place within the area, whether it is items of public interest like developments in progress or something about local events in planning. 

Streamline Your Relocation with Residential Movers 

When you make your way to a new city to call home, the physical part of transition should be the last worry on your list. However, if you need help with a relocation, enlisting the help of residential movers makes that possible. Get in touch with our representatives today for a free moving quote.