In the 80’s it was the bar “Cheers; where everybody knows
your name”. In the 90’s it was the coffee shop: Starbucks; $5 coffee became really
cool in this chique new place with Wi-Fi. In 2013, make yours the gym. What am
I talking about?….your third place. Try thinking of it in
Where are you spending your time these days? We’re all so
busy; between working, carting the kids
around from activity to activity, cleaning house, doing yard work and running errands, it gets really hard to
make time for yourself. It’s easy to let life get in the way. Making your
workouts a priority will not only make you healthier, it will make you happier!
You need a third place! A place to call your own.
It is very rare that an individual can consistently workout
by themselves for a long period of time. It’s a lonely proposition. Recently while chatting with one of our
members he explained “It’s so boring; I’ve invested a ton of money into my
downstairs home gym-great equipment, mirrors, and a flat screen TV. I was gung-ho
for about 2 months. Now I haven’t been in that basement for 2-3 years”. He also
talked about his experience with us saying “I like it because I don’t have to
think. I think all day at work, when I come here I like having the program
designed for me and just doing what I’m told”
Most people hate
working out by themselves. We are social creatures by nature. We crave camaraderie,
support, accountability and fun! At my facility, (Next Level Fitness &
Performance) our most popular membership is our group training membership. Our
members love the support they get not only from our trainers, but our members
Making the gym your third place is essential to sticking
with your training routine. You have to find that place where you are
comfortable but are pushed out of your comfort zone. Find a gym that is
friendly yet motivating, a place that you look forward to coming to. If you hate
it, you won’t be there for long.
How will you know when you find it? You just know!
But here are a few things to consider when choosing a gym.
Is it intimidating? Most new adventures are
intimidating, look around the facility. Are there people with the same fitness
level as you training there?
Is the staff friendly? Not just the trainers.
How are you treated by the front desk staff? Do they genuinely care about you
and your progress?
Do they treat the deconditioned members
different than the members that are in great shape?
What about the people working out at the
facility? Are they nice and supportive or stand-offish and judgmental? Do they
have the same core values that you have?
Is the facility clean? Do they offer any amenities?
Little things like towel service, Kleenex, and soap and shampoo in the showers go
a long way.
Is there an educational component? Are you
learning anything about your body and it’s individual needs or is it just a
Do members linger after a tough training session
and chat over a protein shake? Or are they out the door because the vibe isn’t
Is the programming good? Do you see people
aimlessly wandering around trying to think of what to do or waiting around for
equipment to free up?
Do they offer a trial so that you can try it out
Is the staff really pushy in the sales process?
Some gyms are so focused on driving sales that they don’t take care of their
The long and short of it is this: In
order to make the gym your “third place” you need to be sure
that you are comfortable there and you are getting results. Even if the rates
are $2.99/month, if you hate it and never go; not only are you wasting your
money, but you won’t get any closer to reaching your fitness goals.
Choose wisely and find your “third
place”. When you find it, you’ll be healthier and happier!