This is where the majority of gyms fall short. The locker rooms are frequently crowded, with small/narrow lockers that are difficult to fit all of your belongings into. I once carried a sports bag to a new gym only to find that the locker was too small to accommodate the bag. Always inquire about the changing area (and the showers, don’t be timid), and keep an eye out for broken lockers and a lack of cleanliness. Have a look at Coquitlam Gym.
The changing area of one gym in East London that I visited (but didn’t join!) was filled with sticking plasters, cotton buds, empty drinks cartons, and chocolate wrappers. When I lived in for a year, I joined a gym with the cleanest and most spacious changing room imaginable. The lockers were double-width to accommodate the largest of sports bags, and when you unlocked them, a light turned on inside.
Always request a free trial session so you can get a feel for the changing room and showers rather than simply taking a fast look around. You have a much higher chance of discovering faults if you try before you buy. I had a free trial that was fantastic until I utilised it. Because it has been skilfully marketed as the doorway to weight loss, so many of us have or previously had a gym membership, or know someone who has one.
This is unsurprising, given that the population of overweight people is increasing at a greater rate than ever before. In reality, it is not uncommon for UK doctors to recommend NHS-subsidized gym memberships for patients suffering from obesity, depression, or high blood pressure. Gyms, it appears, are playing an increasingly important part in our society’s health.
According to TGI figures, there are at least 4.5 million adult gym members in the UK, with a third of them under the age of 25; also, the number of those over 65 has increased by at least 70% since 2000.
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