What sorts of services do health clubs offer?
Health clubs can vary in size and scope. Small, privately owned gyms typically only have exercise machines such as treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary and recumbent bicycles, weights and shower/locker room facilities. Large health clubs have all of the basic equipment, but also offer aerobics classes, yoga classes, spinning classes, dance classes, swimming classes, saunas, tanning salons and cafes. Specialized gyms for boxing and mixed martial arts are also available, and these offer coaching, basic training equipment, boxing rings, speed bags and heavy punching bags.
Do I have to get a physical examination before I can join?
If you intend to use personal training services, you might have to provide your medical information, which will be passed along to the trainer. However, health clubs typically do not require an examination or a physician's written authorization before allowing clients to join; it is just a good idea to have a basic examination before embarking upon any kind of strenuous training. You will certainly want to know if you have any underlying health issues that might make certain types or levels of exercise dangerous.
Do health clubs offer personal trainers?
Most major health clubs have personal trainers either on staff or as affiliates, and offer one or two free training sessions after signing up for new membership.