Gyms do not operate in a perfect market where there are many options for you to choose from and each offer the same quality of service. There are so many aspects to consider; the equipment, the amenities, the respect for privacy, training staff, the charges, and the list goes on and on. The reality is saddening because the closest gym to your house or workplace may not have the best of all of these things, so why should you choose to invest your time and money there?
The answer to this question, and to why the gyms on the lower end of the spectrum actually exist, is because they are close to you and many other people! This article aims to identify why the closest gym to you can easily take the cake as the best one in your personal ranking.
Bear in mind that when we mean close to you, we refer to the place where you spend most of your time in. That can be your home, your office, or both, depending on the days you have decided to gym in the week. For most people who want to include hitting the gym as a regular part of their routine and, in doing so, opt for going to it immediately after classes or work, it is understood why the closest one is the best.
You can simply escape your professional life and enter the place where you focus on yourself without having to wait much at all. This credibly raises the convenience of the gym nearest to you even if it does not have all the luxuries and extravagancies the best gym of the city claims to have.
The ‘Walk’ Back
Regular gym-goers should know what we mean by this. Consider a gym that is ten minutes away from your place on foot; it is unlikely that you will want to burn car fuel to get there when you can simply walk. Now walking has a truckload of benefits of its own, because a brisk walk is one of the best known exercise for legs. This means that your workout begins the minute you step out of your office and ends when you return back to it.
Apart from the physical benefits this walk provides, there is a certain other convenience factor: parking. Parking tickets annoy most of us, because for the average man who owns a car, it actually extracts a lot more cumulatively than he expects. But when you walk to a place, you do not have to bear those charges and can stay assured that your vehicle is in the safest place possible.
So you recently became a father, you have a working wife, and your newborn does not want to settle for her grandparents. What do you do? Gyms solve those problems by providing amenities such as a childcare center where you can drop off your child and not have to worry about her well-being for the rest of your time in the gym. This service, however, does not come free of cost, just like every other service your gym is keen enough to provide.
If your gym is, however, closer to your house and you can just come back the minute you know something is getting out of hand or an emergency arises, the entire ordeal of travel becomes negligible.
The other cost related benefit a gym closer to you offers is of utilization, because the farther your gym is from you, the more the chances that you will not utilize it as much or will get lazy on rainy days. Try to keep in mind that paying a few bucks more for a gym that you will actually go to more is a wiser investment than one you will just be an ‘honored member’ of.
Not Much to Miss Out
Now, the gym located in the center of the city may promise state of the art machinery and extra services, and might also be offering the membership at a discounted price. For you, a resident who lives closer to the outskirts, the deal is as appealing as it is for any gym enthusiast in town. Then why should you drop it?
The reason, apart from the fact that it is not the closest gym, is that wherever you go the amount of hard work and effort you will have to put in will not reduce, because the machines will not move themselves for you. So do not fall in the trap of discounted marketing, and accept that opting for the closest gym may actually be the best decision.