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Choosing A Gym – 10 Things To Look Out For

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By Vince DelMonte

Now that you’ve made the commitment to starting a workout program, the next step is choosing a gym that you will feel comfortable going to on a regular basis. If it isn’t, chances are you aren’t going to stick with any type of regular plan and will eventually just stop going altogether. By being sure your gym is a good fit for you, you help take yourself one step further to realizing your health and fitness goals.

Keep in mind that if a traditional gym isn’t for you, you can definitely set up a home gym where you can get complete workouts all in the privacy of where you live. There are a number of home gym systems out there that include all the equipment you need to perform all the key lifts that should be included in any workout program.

1. Location

Who really wants to spend twice as long driving to and from their gym as it takes them to do their workout? After a long day of work you are not going to want to spend a good hour fighting traffic, another hour working out, and then another half an hour driving home. Think about either choosing a gym that is located close to your house or else on the drive to or from work. This is a great option since if you have to pass by it every day, you’ll be reminded of the fact that you should be working out if you choose to skip it.

2. Membership Cost

Gym memberships can really vary in costs so it’s a good idea to shop around before making that final commitment. Also consider how long you are signing the contract for as this can vary too. Many gyms like to rope you in for years and if you aren’t quite sure it’s going to be a long-term arrangement, you’re better off finding something that is more short-term.

Additionally, if you can wait until around late summer or New Year to sign up, you will find that often many gyms will have special promotions going on at this time.

3. Membership Demographic

Another factor to consider is the membership demographic that goes to the gym. Some women will prefer going to an all-ladies gym as it increases their comfort factor. For others, a mixed gym is the perfect solution because half of the reason they go there is to socialize and perhaps even find a date.

Whatever your needs, make sure you enquire about this and take it into consideration.

4. Additional Benefits

You will want to ask if the gym offers any additional services or benefits along with your basic membership and if there is a fee for these. Such examples would be daycare services, physiotherapy, massage therapy, nutritional counselling, and fitness testing.

5. Operating Hours

Always be sure to check the hours of operation of the gym. If you are an early morning exerciser you will want to be sure they are able to cater to this preference. Additionally ask about their holiday policies. Many people enjoy working out on the holidays because it is a relaxed day for them when they can really get in a good workout. If you are looking forward to this and then go and find out the gym is closed, you are going to be more than disappointed. Similarly there are some people who prefer working out late at night so you need to be sure that if this is the case you will be able to do that.

6. Personal Training Services

Having some good, qualified personal trainers on hand is critical to helping you realize your full fitness potential. Even if you are fine with your program right now, consider that in a year down the road you might be plateauing and in need of a ‘check-up’ so to speak on your current regime.

Having the option available of knowledge staff cannot be stressed enough. Unfortunately many gyms hire almost anyone who has a basic interest in fitness, so be sure to enquire about the actual certifications these trainers hold.

7. Group Fitness Classes

Be sure to ask about all the various group fitness classes that are offered at the gym you are considering. Often, when boredom kicks in on your workout plan, this is just the thing to get you going again.

These days there are currently thousands of different fitness class styles available, so there is sure to be something that suites your interest.

When checking up on this, again inquire if there are any additional fees associated with it so you are prepared for when you go to sign up.

8. Cleanliness

One very important factor you want to look for is the cleanliness of the gym. You do not want to be working out on equipment that is not clean as gyms are a place where germs can be in high concentration. Also make sure they have towels and spray bottles in various places around the gym to clean up after workouts, and have a look at the bathrooms and change rooms to make sure they are up to your standards.

9. Type/Quality Of Equipment

Looking at the type and quality of the equipment offered in the gym is another thing you must factor in. If you prefer free weights, make sure there is a large number of dumbbells present because during rush hours, these could be hard to come by.

Likewise, if you prefer doing your weight training on guided machines, you’ll want to be sure they have enough variety that you can work all the necessary muscles on your body. If you find yourself doing a lot of cardio training as part of your workouts you will want to be sure there are ample machines available.

Nothing is more frustrating than getting to the gym after work to find out that there is not a single machine in sight available for you to use. Ask if they offer a sign-up list where you can write your name and time down to reserve a machine. This is a great solution that many gyms have now come up with to make sure their members can get their workouts in.

10. Cancellation Policy

Finally take a look at the gym’s cancellation policy. If you sign up for a 3 year membership and then end up moving after a year due to work, are you going to be partially refunded? It will be a bad situation if they offer no refund or transfer membership.

Some gyms are good about this and some are not so you will have to weigh the likelihood of your cancelling among other things that are discussed above when making your decision.

So, be sure you are considering all of these essential factors when choosing gym. Overlooking just one could lead you to being less than happy with your workout facility and this could end up being the reason why you do not stick with your program.

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About the Author:

no-nonsense-muscle-buildingVince DelMonte is the author of No Nonsense Muscle Building: Skinny Guy Secrets To Insane Muscle Gain found at http://www.VinceDelMonteFitness.com

He teaches skinny guys a new set of weight lifting rules, without supplements, drugs and training less than before.


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Posted by Elliott - October 15, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Categories: Guest Authors, Vince Delmonte   Tags: bodybuilding, build muscle, gain mass, warehouse gym, weight lifting, weight training

How To Open A Warehouse Gym Part 3

How I Turned My Van Into A Cash Machine (well, kinda.)

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In part 2 of How To Open A Warehouse Gym you learned of my struggles as a budding entrepreneur, moving from location to location in order to find a home to training my clients. Ultimately, I ended up using my father’s used van as a vehicle for transportation as well as to drive profits into my pockets!

To this day I still drive the old, beat up, dirty, windowless, ugly conversion van that my dad gave me after my car blew up on the way to training some pretentious housewives at a “health club” that I hated.  My friends and family are always asking me, “Elliott, why don’t you get rid of that ugly piece of shit and get yourself a new, respectable car?”

Well, besides the fact that it has less than 75,000 miles on it, drives perfectly and I would rather join the circus as a human cannon ball than enslave myself to a new car payment… it’s got some sentimental value to me.  You see, if it weren’t for my van I may still be a slave to some corporate whore’s every whim and desire.  I would MUCH rather drive my ugly van and be free, than to trade it in and join the ranks of emotional infants who still drool and suckle at the cold, corportate teat.

On the fated day I was approached by one of my favorite clients to start an outdoors “strength training” program for men, I immediately began collecting and filling my van with used equipment and trash for training my camp members with.  Since I didn’t yet have a gym and my “equipment budget” was nonexistent I was forced to be very creative and resourceful when collecting tools for training.

My trusty van and I took a tour of the more obscure, outer limits of St. Petersburg in order to collect used tires, cinder blocks, logs, sandbags, tractor tires, wheel barrels and empty beer kegs from abandoned buildings and junk yards.  I don’t think there had ever been a happier garbage man than I on that 97 degree day in Tampa Bay.  We stopped and collected anything that could be lifted, flipped, pushed, pulled or dragged.

When I got home that evening I begun unloading most of this trash in my narrow driveway.  My wife came home to find me grinning, ear to ear, amongst a pile of garbage in front of our new home.  In her typical way, she simply sighed and shook her head as she navigated around the used tires and bricks carrying the groceries inside.  I must say, she has ALWAYS been supportive of my crazy ideas and always confidant of my ability to provide for our family… even when the mortgage it over due and I’m running around the city sifting through dumpsters.

Within a few short days I was running my very first “Strength Camp” (I first named it “Primal Strength Camp”… but then dropped the ‘Primal’) at a local park.  The class was filled with a few of my male clients along with their brothers, friends and neighbors.  We only met on Saturday’s and I charged $15 per class.  After a few weeks of dragging tires, carrying sandbags and pushing my van a few of the guys appoached me to open my class up durring a few weekdays as well.  I happily accepted their proposal to pay me $99 per month to train their class 3x per week at the park.

The following Tuesday I hauled my van full of hundreds of pounds of trash across town to train my new weekday class.  I pulled up at the park and sat in my van waiting for the gentlemen to show up at our designated time… 6:30 PM.  As the clock neared 6:45 I began to feel like I had been stood up, no one was going to show up for my first offical “Strength Camp” class.  At about 7:00 one of the guys shows up and remains in his car talking on his cell phone for another 7 minutes and then walks over to my van.  He approached me with a warm smile, shoved a $100 bill into my hand and said, “Let’s get started!”

In the back of my mind, I was SO pissed off!  The truth is that I just wanted to hand him back his money and go home to cry in my wife’s lap.  But I didn’t… I trained him “one-on-one” (at a boot camp price) that day and the following day, and for a full month with none of the other guys ever showing up for my Strength Camp class.  At the conclusion of that month, knowing that it was not prudent for me to continue training him he suggested that we discontinue the class… it was at this moment that I had to make a BIG decision.  I could simply chalk this up as a failed experiment, or I could MAKE it work.

I also knew that if I did MAKE it work, that there was only one way to guarantee it would!

STAY TUNED FOR PART 4 where you’ll learn exactly how I MADE Strength Camp work… and the exact tool I used to do it!

Learn how you can escape the clutches of the Fake Fitness Facade and rebel with your very own Warehouse Gym Business!

See this now ==> http://www.WarehouseGymBusiness.com

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Read ==> How To Open A Warehouse Gym Part 1

Read ==> How To Open A Warehouse Gym Part 2

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Posted by Elliott - June 24, 2009 at 5:37 am

Categories: Fitness Business, Recent Posts   Tags: fitness boot camps, how to open a gym, personal triainer marketing, underground gym, warehouse gym

How To Open A Warehouse Gym Part 2

step-upsIn part 1 of How To Open A Warehouse Gym you learned of my struggles as a student of fitness, a personal trainer and an employee of a mega-sized “Health Club” where most worthy trainers are treated like cogs in the big malfunctioning machine of the fake fitness facade.

After my departure from the marauding mess called “Lifestyle’s Family Fitness”… with zero clients, a new mortgage, over $10,00o in debt, my wife and 2 year old daughter… I was broke, lost and confused about how I was to go about getting paid to do what I loved most — Training Athletes.

What made matters worse, was that on my last day at the “health club” the only asset that I had to my name — my 1989 Lincoln Towncar, BLEW UP!  Fortunately my father had sitting in his driveway the 1987 Econoline Ford Family Van that he used to lug me and my 3 brothers and sisters around Long Island several years back.  He had no intentions of ever using it again and with only 70,000 miles on it he knew that no one would ever pay for what it was still worth.   Little did either of us know that it would come to be worth over $300,000 to me over the next 4 years.

With the look of pride that only a father could have for his rebellious son… my dad handed me the keys to the only car that he had ever paid full price for, the old-school family van.  With a heart broken, my seedling family and an old van I begun my first real journey into entrepreneurship.

My first plan of advancement was to find a local family owned gym where I could start to rebuild my personal training clientele.  The first place I trained was in a Yoga studio, but that quickly ended since “Yogi’s” are typically passive and quite people (who also lack meat in their diets) and it seemed I was just too loud and rambunctious of a carnivore to share space with them.  So, I was *shushed* the hell out of there in less than a  month.

Next, I took my small personal training business to a local chiropractor’s clinic.  This worked out quite well for about 7 months until one day I showed up at the office and the doors were bolted shut!  It turned out that Dr. Crackmyback had not been paying HIS rent and had us ALL kicked out.  I should have taken notice when the landlord threw a FOR SALE sign up on the front door… I guess I was too focused on correcting my clients form to see anything else.

Finally, I found a gym in downtown St. Pete owned by a female bodybuilder with an attitude worse than mine.  The gym didn’t have many members and she liked it that way… most people seemed to piss her off.  I sheepishly approached her one day and proposed to pay her $500 per month to train all of my clients at her gym.  Surprisingly, she accepted my offer and turned her back to me and continued her 1000 rep dumb bell lateral raise routine.

It was at this small, barely surviving, half bodybuilding – half “cocaine station” gym that I had begun to get my “feet under me” and achieve some level of stability.  The owner (lets call her “Cara”) was polite enough to me and my clients and seem to accommodate most of my needs.  She and I both had strong personalities (and lots of testosterone) so for the most part we would aim to avoid each other.   I kept my mouth shut and went home when I wasn’t training and she put her iPod on to avoid any useless conversation.

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For about 2 years my personal training business grew from earning me about $2,000 per month to just over $10,000.   It was at this time that one of my male clients asked me, “Elliott, you have such an amazing athletic background… why aren’t you training athletes?”  This question stuck me like a dagger to my heart, the truth was that I wasn’t training athletes because I knew it would piss “Cara” off if I had a bunch of teenagers in here throwing around medicine balls… I was stifling my DREAM so as to not piss someone else off!!!  This is the most insidious reason why most people never succeed, and I understood that this was exactly what I was doing.

With the idea of my dream rekindled, a semi-sustainable personal training business, and my 1987 Econoline Van I ventrued outdoors to begin my new business which I called “Strength Camp”.

STAY TUNED FOR PART 3 where you’ll learn exactly how I turned my van into a cash machine on wheels and finally gave myself the chance to do exactly what I loved to do…. and get paid very well for it.

Learn how you can escape the clutches of the Fake Fitness Facade and rebel with your very own Warehouse Gym Business!

See this now ==> http://www.WarehouseGymBusiness.com

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Posted by Elliott - June 8, 2009 at 5:15 am

Categories: Fitness Business, Recent Posts   Tags: fitness boot camps, how to open a gym, personal triainer marketing, underground gym, warehouse gym

Warehouse Gym Business Interrogations

“Elliott, Tell Me…. How Exactly Do I Open My Own Warehouse Gym”

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Since the release of my new “Warehouse Gym Business Plan” last week, I have been flooded with questions from personal trainers and coaches who want to know exactly how I went about opening my warehouse gym.  I just wanted to let you know that I really have enjoyed reading them and I intend to answer all of your questions.

But, I have to warn you…

The truth is that I am NOT a business or marketing expert… in fact, I kinda suck at that stuff.  My only admission is that I am a good “CopyCat” — I have read, studied and mimicked what other succesful gym owners have done and added my own spin on it.

You may think that I am somewhat “successful” as a business owner or somthing — but I started out as just a regular run-of-the-mill personal trainer who was sick of getting ripped off by the mega-sized Health Clubs in my city.

Today, I am literally living the life I have always dreamed off… father to beautiful children, working in my own business and a HOT wife ;)

The reason why I created The Warehouse Gym Business Plan is simply because no one else has… I figured that I would leave all of the personal trainer business and marketing stuff to the experts.  But it just seems like they have only been focusing on teaching trainers how to run those Jumping Jack and Jogging “Boot Camps”.  Nothing has been offered for folks like us who wanna own a Warehouse Gym and train people we really enjoy surrounding ourselves with.

Well any way, like I said it has been my intention to answer all of your questions but since it would take me too long to get back to you I had chosen to do a few select interviews and recorded them for your listening pleasure!

Learn more about how to Open Your Own Successful Warehouse Gym below:

Warehouse Gym Interrogation #1

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Warehouse Gym Interrogation #2

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Posted by Elliott - June 5, 2009 at 7:56 am

Categories: Announcements, Fitness Business, Recent Posts   Tags: business, fitness bootcamp, marketing, personal traininer business, warehouse gym

How To Open A Warehouse Gym part 1

This article is a follow up to my Strength Camp Business & Marketing post and an introduction to:

==>  http://www.WarehouseGymBusiness.com <==

gym1When I was 4 years old living in Long Island with my parents, my mother’s brother had run into some hard times.  My uncle had just gone through a tough divorce at the age or only 23.  My parents, also very young at the time, were blessed to have a large enough home with a spare bedroom for my uncle to stay.  In exchange for allowing him to stay at their home, my parents asked that  my uncle if he would babysit me while they were at work.

Uncle Elroy was about 5’7 and 145 pounds of pure muscle, tendons and strength.  He and I would wake up after my parents had gone to work and watch “Channel 5 Kung Fu” (if you grew up in New York City in the 80’s, you’ll know what I’m talking about) with breakfast.  Afterwords Uncle Elroy, who was a black belt in Northern Shoulin Kung Fu, an I would go down into the dark and dusty basement and as he called it, “Train”.

He taught me how to climb ropes, do push ups, sit ups and chin ups when most kids my age were still pissing the bed.  The basement had no training equipment, only a few wooden boxes, concrete blocks and the house’s structure pillers that rose out of the ground where my uncle would beat his shins and forearms against in order to “toughen his skin”.

These are my very first memories of  Training.  As I made my way through high school my love for training continued to evolve along with the additions to our “basement gym”.  My father bought a power rack and about 600 pounds of plates where my little brother and I could continue our training and develop our young physiques.  By now my uncle had “gotten back on his feet” and began working again, as a personal trainer in a “warehouse gym” located in Jersey City, over 100 miles from our home in Long Island.  He would frequently visit us and continued to teach my brother and I how to Train with only the minimal equipment that we had.

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After college, where I continued to Train in my basement as preparation for playing football, I decided to study Exercise Physiology in graduate school so as to increase my knowledge in my area of passion… Training.  But it wasn’t very long before I realized that what was taught in university labs and classrooms had very little to do with Training and much more to padding the egos of professors and administrators.  They received great pleasure by complicating and bastardizing the simple yet ancient art of bodily exercise.  Most of what they taught me was based on an aerobic model of fitness , which had become popular in The United States in the late 70’s – early 80’s,  and had very little practical application for the athlete or those Training for strength, vitality and vigor.

After dealing with deep inner turmoil and frustration I had decided that my best option was to quit grad school and join the workforce… as a Personal Trainer, just like my uncle.  A personal trainer is one who instructs on the proper use of exercise and is knowledgeable in the application of fitness modalities.  They typically work for a “Health Club”, where they solicit the business of often lazy, slothful, yet well-to-do individuals who believe that by hiring a fitness instructor that somehow, probably by osmosis, they too will develop physical strength and the aesthetics associated with it.

More times than none, these “clients” would show up late to appointments, having just filled their fat guts with sausage sandwiches from Jack In The Box, and would insist that I “take it easy on them”, since they had one-to-many cocktails the night before.  What is even worse, is that these so-called health clubs are designed to cater to the degenerate behavior displayed by it’s patrons.  In fact, there was NOTHING healthy about the health club… it was just another modality for shallow people to continue adding to the daily delusion that they call “life”.

Having already quit graduate school based on the pretense of the administrators and professors, I was reluctant to retire from the health club and confused about where I would offer my services as a Strength Coach.  In great agony about my future I had called upon my uncle, the man who helped raise me and sparked my passion for Training several decades earlier.  He reminded me of our battles and success with Training in the dark and dirty basement of my parents home.  He made it very clear to me that, like the old Shoulin Monks, we only need very basic Training materials as well as a positive and energetic environment to develop our and our students physical capacities.

This is where the seed of my very first “Warehouse Gym Business” had been burried.  STAY TUNED FOR PART II where you’ll watch as this seed begins to germinate, take root and beceome Strength Camp.

Learn how you can escape the clutches of the Fake Fitness Facade and rebel with your very own Warehouse Gym Business!

See this now ==> http://www.WarehouseGymBusiness.com

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Posted by Elliott - May 28, 2009 at 5:12 am

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