This is a follow-up to the great advice given by personal trainer Gael Guevara in Tip #15: Personal Trainer Gael Guevara has questions you should ask when choosing a gym. There are a slew of baseline questions everyone should ask themselves & the gym staff when selecting the right gym for them – I know I applied a lot of the points Gael makes when I decided on my current gym. It’s the right location (near work), the right price ($20 / month), is clean, has the equipment I want, and always has trainers on duty to answer questions.
However, there were definitely some more specific questions I had to ask myself before I’ve selected the gyms in my life – and the satisfactory answer to those ultimately led me to my decisions.
Let me set the scene for you. I’ve been on T for about 1.5 years now, I started patronizing gyms shortly after I began taking T. I started with Androgel. My initial goal was increased general & cardio fitness and my current goal is muscle devopment. When I signed up for my first gym, I wasn’t being read as male most of the time. By the time I moved to New York, the time I found myself signing up for the second gym membership I’ve ever had, I was being read as male all the time.
The reason I set that stage is because those experiences are what influenced the questions I’ve asked myself when selecting gyms & they’ve played a role in my selection. For that reason, this article will not pertain to every guy out there – but I hope it resonates with & informs some.
|Gael Guevara is the Owner and Founder of ViPRtrainingNYC, Certified Personal Trainer since 2009 and formerly worked at Equinox as a Level Tier 3 Trainer. Certifications include Equinox Fitness Training Institute, Kettlebells, Pre/Post Natal, Functional Movement Screening, and ViPR. Interests include: Outrigger Canoeing, Boxing and Functional Training. I offer one-on-one personal training sessions as well as small group sessions. Location may vary depending on the client and time of year whether its outdoors, in a private studio/gym or client’s home. Servicing the New York City area.|
What should someone new to the gym be looking for in a gym?
This article is a helpful resource for trans men who are considering a gym membership. Not all gyms are made the same — these guiding questions will help figure out what to look for when selecting a gym.
|Living in New York for the past thirteen years Lee Penman has contributed to ‘Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness’, ‘Exercise For Men’, Musclesportmag.com and Bodybuilding.com. He is currently staff writer for the ‘doctors of…’ group and ifitfamily.com, Editor at http://www.kickasswomen.com, writer for RXmuscle.com, female muscle.com and also personal assistant to IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Colette Nelson MS CDE RD.|
Thanks to Lee Penman for providing Tips for Trans Men with his informed advice on fitness & bodybuilding.