Let’s Get Physical


One of the most difficult things about sticking to any sort of exercise routine is the discipline necessary to make yourself follow through on a regular basis.  This goes for diet as well.  One of the biggest factors in staying motivated is the environment in which you choose to workout.

BendDACLet’s face it, going to the gym can be downright intimidating.  There are many gyms in Central Oregon, but some are full of meat heads that are grunting and yelling while lifting ridiculous amounts of weight.  Oftentimes they are so crowded that it’s difficult to use any piece of equipment, let alone the one you actually want to use.  Unless you are into this sort of thing, you’ll be much better off finding a gym that caters to clients more like yourself.


Here are a few things to consider when scouting out a gym.  Most gyms are going to want to take you on a guided tour of their facility.  They’ll talk about all the hi tech equipment they have, the classes they offer, and the number of personal trainers they have on staff.  All of this is great.  But if you’re just getting started working out, you’re going to want to look at more than just these few things.


First and foremost you will want to know how crowded the gym is on a regular basis.  Some people don’t mind working out in a crowd.  Others prefer to be able to have a little bit of space in which to work.  It’s  normal to feel self-conscious in the beginning.  You’re doing something new.  That’s just part of it.  So make sure to ask the gym’s representative when the most crowded times of day are.  This will give you an idea of what will be the best time for you to try to get in to work out.


Find out if they have any introductory training sessions.  Working out with a trainer can be very beneficial.  But once you’ve learned the basic exercises, and feel comfortable enough to strike out on your own, you should be able to move on to working out solo or with a friend.


Make sure that the facility is clean and organized.  There’s nothing worse than following behind someone who leaves sweat all over a machine.  Your less likely to encounter this in a clean gym.  And wasting time looking for equipment that isn’t where it’s supposed to be can be frustrating as well.


Check out online reviews of the facilities you are considering.  These are a great resource for how customers are treated day in and day out.


If you do your homework before joining, you’ll be more comfortable and more likely to want to go work out.  And this is a big advantage when it comes to being consistent.  If you truly want the best in Bend, check out the Bend Downtown Athletic Club and Gym

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