New year, new city? If so, this article is for you! Finding another “home gym” can be difficult, but there are ways to spot the right place to workout. Learn about the top 3 things to look for in a gym to feel ‘at home’ and red flags you won’t want to miss.


The Right Equipment

When checking out a gym, you’ve got the consider the basics: how much space do you have to work with, and what workout equipment do they offer that you need to reach your goals? When you find a gym that has what you need, ask for a free pass (most gyms offer this). Check how clean the machines are, and what shape the equipment is in. Then, observe how busy it is during prime workout times. Will you have to fight to use a machine, or is there plenty available?



For some gym goers, they want all the bells and whistles, from state-of-the-art equipment, to specialty ‘studio’ classes to a spa and steam room. For others, they just need to get in and out with a range of weights and cardio equipment that will get the job done. Feeling at home with a new gym is all about finding a compatible gym experience. Do you want a variety of choices at your disposal – from classes to workout programs? If so, don’t skimp on a gym that only provides the basics. Feeling at home is about feeling good with your gym’s resources. If you don’t like what they have to offer, what are the chances you’ll actually work out there?


Location, Location, Location!

If you just made a big move – that is, jumped from life in the ‘burbs to smack dab in the middle of the city – the pace in which your new cosmopolitan life moves is enough change! Chances are, you’ll be able to find a few gyms close to where you live and/or work. Be choosy – you want the right price, the right place, and the right workout vibes in one. Do you feel comfortable working out there? Do they offer enough of what you want to make it worth your while? Is the price right? Those are great indicators that it’s the gym you’ll feel most at home at.