5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Gym Membership

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Gym Membership

Rock Springs Retreat Center / December 30, 2022 / Tari Barker / 0
With the new year just around the corner, many of us are setting new goals for ourselves. Whether it’s to shed a couple of pounds or run a 5k, pursuing a healthy lifestyle is admirable and a great way to set a precedent for the year. For many, the first thing that comes to mind when starting (or continuing) your journey is getting a gym membership. Initially, we’re excited to hit the gym; that gets us one step closer to our goal each and every time. But eventually, that excitement may begin to fade, and you may lose interest or stop going altogether. Well, Fit Farm is here to help you get the most out of your gym membership with these 5 tips!

1. Go With a Buddy to the Gym

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Going to the gym with a buddy can keep things interesting and fun! Along with their company, they’ll also be your accountability partner. As an accountability partner, you need someone who isn't going to let you quit on yourself. They should be uplifting, honest, and motivated to achieve a goal. Studies show that we are far more likely to keep our commitments when we've committed to someone else.

2. Location is Key

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Pick a gym that’s central to your everyday life — making it easier to incorporate into daily activities. With the busy lives we all live, convenience is key. Whether you’ll be hitting the gym during your lunch break or pumping iron after you’ve dropped the kids off at school, don't let the logistics of getting to the gym keep you from going.

3. Pick a Gym with Equipment and Classes That You Like

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Approach finding a gym like interviewing a babysitter for your first born. You'll want a place where you’re comfortable, feel welcomed, stimulated, and challenged. And equally as important is that it has everything you enjoy doing. Cardio and strength training can be done in many different ways. A treadmill may be perfect for one person. They get on the machine, do their workout, and move on. But for others, it's boring, isolating, and takes too long. If you want to get more out of your gym membership, that means looking for a gym that has choices that’ll keep you going. TrustySpotter has an excellent list of the different types of gyms to help you find what you want out of your gym membership.

4. Commit for a Minimum of 3 Months

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Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Fitness and weight loss take time. Don't expect results after going to the gym for 1 week. If you find that you’re losing the motivation to keep going, perhaps you may need to take a step back and reevaluate your “why” that brought you to the gym in the first place. Our article, 5 Steps for Staying Motivated, will help you walk through the journey of sticking to your goals.

5. Start Before You Start

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Sounds confusing, right? Well, hear us out. The number one reason gym memberships go unused after the first month (or maybe a week) is how long it takes to see results. We all live busy lives, so we naturally gravitate to the most demanding and/or rewarding activities to fill our time. Beginning to see results from the gym can take 4 or more weeks of consistent work. Unfortunately, that can be discouraging even to the most determined individual. With this delayed gratification, one of two things often happens. We get discouraged and stop, or we turn to fad diets promising quick results. Guess what, neither works. So, when we say "start before we start," we recommend a way to expedite your results while establishing a sustainable lifestyle by attending a residential fitness and weight loss retreat. During your stay, you will unplug from the demands of everyday life and focus 100% of your energy on yourself. You will work through the early stages of going to the gym. Being sore, the awkwardness of not knowing how to do all the exercises, breaking through the urge to quit, finding a passion for exercising, and realizing you can do more than you ever thought are all things a residential fitness and weight loss retreat can teach you.

Once you experience this type of retreat, you’ll feel empowered to continue your wellness journey back home. Better yet, you’ll be ready to implement the first 4 strategies in this article to get the most out of your gym membership. And by the way, you’ll already be feeling and seeing results because 1 week at a Fit Farm fitness and weight loss retreat equals 4 weeks in the gym! That means you’ll start seeing the results of your hard work quickly.

At Fit Farm, we practice what we preach, and these 5 ways to make the most of a gym membership are part of our program as well! Check out how these ideas come to life during Fit Farm’s residential fitness and weight loss retreat:
  1. Go With a Buddy to the Gym
    • We have built-in accountability partners right here at the farm. You’ll be surrounded by other guests with similar goals and our amazing staff. Come alone or bring a buddy. You’ll have new accountability partners (and new friends) either way!
  2. Location is Key
    • We have over 80,000 sq ft of gym space right here on our 200-acre private farm. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  3. Pick a Gym with Equipment and Classes That You Like
    • You’ll do everything including cardio, strength conditioning, HIIT, boxing, basketball, hiking, swimming, and everything in between. And if we ever have a class that isn't for you, feel free to use one of the gyms on your own.
  4. Commit for a Minimum of 3 Months
    • 1 week at Fit Farm is equal to 1 month in the gym! How is that possible? Through the combination of 7-hour days that consist of exercise, movement, education, and personalized meal plans, you’ll get a kickstart on your goals!
  5. Start Before You Start
    • Fit Farm prepares you with the tools and knowledge to continue your journey beyond the farm.

As we ring in the new year, we hope this article helps you in your personal journey to achieve your goals. Let us know in the comments below what type of gym you go to and how you make the most out of your gym membership. If you’re ever in need of getting started, continuing, or wherever you may be, Fit Farm is always here to help. Contact a member of our team to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals today. For more fitness and weight loss tips and tricks, be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social to see what it’s like to attend a retreat at Fit Farm!
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