Intimidated by the machines?
Just don’t know what to do?
Interested in classes, but scared to try?
Feel out of place?
You are not alone. I hear this from SO many people.
This was me about 15 years ago. I joined Lifetime Fitness. I was so intimidated by the size of the gym, how busy it was, I didn’t even know where the classes were held ( and I was afraid to ask anyone ). I went once a week, maybe. I only used one piece of equipment, and it was a bike. It was a waste for me. At that time in my life, that gym was not for me.
Next, I joined the YMCA. This was the best thing I ever did. This gym was full of friendly people, no pushy sales antics. I was comfortable there. My first class I ever tried was cycling. I was hooked. From there, I just kept trying every class on the schedule. I made a lot of friends and knew that I would see them in class, so it became motivating to go. This was my gym. I loved it.
Well, then I bought a house way out in the burbs. I and kept going to the Y, but it was a drive. It became hard between work, dogs, and the drive to make it to my beloved classes. So, I made the sad decision to leave. But, at this point I was comfortable using equipment and going to classes, so joining a new gym wouldn’t be that bad.
The most convenient gym for me to join was Lifetime, and since I had developed a love for yoga, I had to have a CorePower Yoga membership. Both are great, and I don’t think I will ever give them up. You could say they are my “homebase”, even though I tend to stray to other studios and workout facilities to try new things. Although, I am pretty excited that I am seeing Lifetime offer classes that I was only getting at the smaller studios!
Here’s my point:
If you know the gym you are at isn’t for you, then leave.
Try out other gyms to get a feel. Most places offer a week for free, so you can try before you buy.
Maybe a smaller, more intimate facility is better for you. Some offer ala carte classes, packages or memberships. A plus with going with a non “big box” gym, you will get more attention and easy access to advice. It’s sort of like the private vs. public school.
If you are really passionate about a certain type of workout (barre, yoga, spinning, crossfit), there are studios that are dedicated to only those workouts.
So, find your “home” and make the most of it. If you enjoy it, you will keep going. There’s no reason to pay for something you won’t use.