WHAT IS IT?
Fitness Gyms have exercise equipment for the purpose of Physical Activity.
Most health clubs have a main workout area, which primarily consists of free weights including dumbbells, barbells and exercise machines. This area often includes mirrors so that exercisers can monitor and maintain correct posture during their workout.
A cardio area includes many types of cardiovascular training-related equipment such as rowing machines, stationary exercise bikes, elliptical exercise machines and treadmills. These areas often include a number of audio-visual displays (either integrated into the equipment, or placed on walls around the area itself) in order to keep exercisers entertained during long cardio workout sessions.
Group exercise classes
Most fitness gyms and health clubs offer group exercise classes that are conducted by certified fitness instructors. Many types of group exercise classes exist, but generally these include classes based on aerobics, cycling (spin cycle), boxing or martial arts, high intensity training, step, regular and hot (Bikram) yoga, pilates, muscle training, and self-defense classes such as Krav Maga and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Fitness gyms or health clubs with swimming pools often offer aqua aerobics classes.
Some health clubs offer sports facilities such as a swimming pools, squash courts or boxing areas. In some cases, additional fees are charged for the use of these facilities.
Most health clubs employ personal trainers who are accessible to members for training/fitness/nutrition/health advice and consultation. Personal trainers can devise a customized fitness routine, sometimes including a nutrition plan, to help clients achieve their goals. They can also monitor and train with members. More often than not, access to personal trainers involves an additional hourly fee.
Newer health clubs generally include health-shops, snack bars, restaurants, child-care facilities, member lounges and cafes. It is not unusual for a sauna, steam room or relaxing area to be present.
WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME?
Some of the core benefits are as follows:
- Improved heart and lung function
- Body fat control and weight loss
- Muscle toning and increased stamina and energy
- Reduced tension, anxiety and depression, and better sleep patterns
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST
Fitness Gyms and Health clubs generally charge a fee to allow visitors to use the equipment, courses, and other provided services.
They offer many services, and as a result the monthly membership prices can vary.
Costs can vary through the purchase of a higher-level membership which often have a high up-front cost but a lower monthly rate, making them potentially beneficial to those who use the club frequently and hold their memberships for years.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
All you need is clothing you can exercise comfortably in, such as:
- Shorts or loose comfortable bottoms such as jogging or yoga bottoms
- Comfortable footwear
- Hand towel