Sometimes finding the right gym or studio can feel like getting into a relationship. At first, you’re perusing the options. Then you’re going on ‘gym dates’ and trying things out. And when you think you’re somewhere that makes sense, you think about committing.

But how do you know you’ve found the right gym or studio?


right gym or studio

You feel comfortable.

Heading into a new workout location isn’t always going to feel warm and cozy, per se, but it should feel like a place you’re comfortable in. If you walk around and it doesn’t feel right, or you feel pressured or stressed, it might not be right for you.

Exercise isn’t always for everyone, and that’s okay. You might not like the atmosphere of any place at first, but it’s important to keep an open mind. Joining a new place will feel a little strange, especially in the beginning. But if you could see yourself adjusting and see yourself being a part of the community, then that means you’re in the right place.

You’re challenged.

The right gym or studio will make you feel challenged, energized, and encouraged. You don’t want to join a place where you’re never pushed or where there’s no accountability.

Some gyms might be more in tune with their clients than others; you have to pay attention to this and decide for yourself what fits. But remember: to truly grow, you have to be pushed outside your comfort zone. Make sure your gym is helping you do that.

You enjoy the connections, or feel like you could foster them.

When you’re joining a new gym or studio, one of the most important factors (beyond the physical space, of course) is the community. What is that location doing to connect with its members? Are there events or meet-ups? Do you feel like you could build relationships if you wanted to?

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes working out is (and should be) purely focused on the exercise rather than a social hour. But there is a time and a place for getting to know other people in your classes and expanding your circle. And you want to make sure that the gym or studio you choose is a good fit in that regard.

You’re seeing (and excited about!) your progress.

When you’re in the right place, your progress will come naturally. Sure, you’ll have to work hard for it! But at the same time, because you enjoy going there, you’ll feel more willing to get up earlier, to push yourself and to get excited about the results.

If you’re feeling positive (even when you’re tired or sore) then you’ve picked a place that’s perfect for you.

Marisa Donnelly

Marisa is a full-time freelance writer, editor, and fitness enthusiast located in Ocean Beach, San Diego. She is the author of the poetry collection, Somewhere On A Highway and founder of Be A Light LLC, a remote writing coaching/tutoring/editing services company.


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