Moving can be stressful. You will have a lot of little details to attend to. One of those things you’ll want to get squared away is a new gym membership.

As a bodybuilder, finding a new gym will probably be a top priority. You don’t want your routine to suffer – at least not for long. Therefore, it is best to do as much research as possible before relocating. Then, when you arrive in your new city, you’ll already have some possibilities to consider.

As you search for a new gym, here are some things to consider. Make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck.

  1. Look for a gym that is close to your new home. You probably aren’t familiar with traffic patterns and shortcuts through town yet. You don’t want to spend an hour driving from your house to the gym each day – that will get old quick.
  2. Talk to your new coworkers about their gym memberships. Where do they workout? Do they love or hate their current gym? Ask for suggestions and check with your boss. Does the company receive a discount anywhere or have a wellness program?
  3. Evaluate the cost of each gym. How much are you willing to pay? Find options that fit within your budget. You will be having a lot of new expenses as a result of your move. Don’t stretch your finances more than you are comfortable with.
  4. Visit each prospective gym at the time you plan to workout. How busy is it at that time? Is the place packed? What are the hours of operation? Will you be able to workout when it is best for your schedule?
  5. Check out the equipment. Look for broken machines, scratched benches, missing weights, out of order signs, etc. Is there enough variety to meet your needs?
  6. Ask about extras. Does the gym provide lockers, towel service, etc.?
  7. Inquire about services available. Is there a nutritionist on staff? What is the fee for a consultation? Does the gym have a certified personal trainer? What hours are the personal training sessions scheduled? What are the fees?
  8. Check the cleanliness of the establishment. Ask about a cleaning schedule.
  9. Consider the overall impression of the staff interactions. Were you greeted upon arrival? Does the staff relate to patrons in a professional, helpful manner?
  10. Ask about a refund, trial period and cancellation policy.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to find a gym that meets all your needs, doesn’t cost a fortune, and is within a reasonable distance of your new home. Having something reliable, comforting, and familiar to fall back on – like focusing on your bodybuilding efforts – will make the moving process much easier.