Gyms have become a part of everyday life for many people. You’ve probably noticed how the modern trend toward working out has increased in cities everywhere. But not many people are likely to see that gyms are constantly coming up with numerous tricks to lure us inside. And it’s better to know them so you don’t get caught off guard.
We at smartzune.com haven’t managed to sign up for a gym membership just yet. First, we decided to read pieces of advice from experienced fitness instructors and comments from the experts and athletes. Now, we know for sure how to make visits to the gym as pleasant and effective as possible.
We are misled from the doorstep.
- Fitness centers are looking for your weak spot. When you enter any gym, the first thing you see is fresh flowers near the entrance, cozy sofas, and nice landscapes on the TV screens. Then you move to the doors that lead to the swimming pool, the sauna, and the spa. It’s not until the end that you’ll see the gym itself since this is the place where you’ll have to sweat.
- Annual memberships that allow a person to visit the gym at any time and use the sauna for free are presented as the most profitable ones. An expert in sports psychology, Angel Sobrino, explains why this is not true, “Paying a year ahead doesn’t contribute to your attendance. When you’re playing sports, you need to set short-term goals, and the further ahead you’re trying to plan things, the lower your motivation will be.”
We often believe in stupid myths.
- For me, the first myth is that you have to run on a treadmill to lose weight. Some people come to the gym and run or ride a bike for 1.5 hours. They think that the more they move, the more weight they’ll lose. But it doesn’t work this way.
- There’s another common (but strange) misconception out there. People are trying to lose weight and pump up before they go to the gym. One of my clients has a friend who is getting in shape before signing up for a workout with me.