45 minutes to spare so a quick blog to educate, empower and support our community is on the cards. That, by the way is our core value no. 5 and we take it seriously.
The internet is full of people (both trainers and clients) claiming that their facility or where they train is the best facility ever.
This simply isn’t true. It’s impossible to pin the title of best facility on any one particular gym, In order to do it, everyone, everyone would have to agree on it and that just isn’t the case.
While the best doesn’t exist, there are however, great facilities and not so great facilities. You need to make it your priority to locate a great facility to train in if you really want to progress with your goals, whether they are sports, performance, fat loss, etc.
What makes a great facility? Here are a few things that will point you in the right direction
1) It’s well equipped with high quality equipment
Your facility needs to have all the tools that you require to get you to your goal. You won’t become a top level triathlete, or even a decent one, if your gym consists of machine weights, spinning bikes and cross trainers.
Also, the equipment it does have needs to be of a very high standard. You can buy a barbell for €140 or you can buy them for €500-€1,000. The first isn’t suitable for home use never mind the heavy duty use it will receive in a gym. Cheap equipment doesn’t last and isn’t safe. That’s not good for you, your training or your results.
On a side note. If your facility charges pittance for membership they won’t be able to buy high quality, safe and durable equipment. Oh yeah, they also have to sign up about 800 members to stay open. What’s your name again?
2) Do they get results?
Specifically, do they get the type of results that you are loping for.
- Looking for fat loss? They need to have a proven record for delivering fat loss results.
- Want to be a better athlete? Have they worked with and delivered results for this clientele
- Want to eneter a bodybuilding show? find somewhere with success in this area. We don’t so we wouldn’t be a good facility for you to train in.
Whatever it is that you want to achieve, don’t train in a facility that doesn’t deliver the type of results that you want. If not find somewhere that does.
You can’t plan out safe, effective and results driven programs if you don’t know the starting point of your client.
- How strong are they
- What restrictions do they have
- What previous injuries have they picked up
This is a must for any facility no matter what service they provide- classes, personal training or whatever.
You’ll train better, stay healthier and get better results if regular assessments are part of the program
4) Do the vast majority of the clients look as if they train right?
The next ti9me you are in the gym, look around and watch people train.
- Does it look safe
- Does it look crisp
- does it look technically fluid
- Do you look at them and say ‘He’She is going to snap his back or that technique looks horrible?
If the vast majority of clients look horrendous when training this means that the facility lacks an emphasis on professional coaching client specific programming. Many facilities fall into this category.
They often let anyone walk in off the street and train without assessing them or ensuring that the client is given a professionally designed program based on their individual needs. It’s basically ‘Come in and do what you want’.
This creates a very bad culture, increase the risk of injury to clients and makes a very bad training environment for which to achieve your goals. Don’t train in a facility like this.
There you go. Four ways (of many) to tell if a facility is worth training in. It mightn’t be the best but it could be great.
While we will always strive to be the best, we are confident that we will always be great.
Train smart and stay healthy guys.