Take a Tour
You can learn about many of the key factors listed above through a phone call or the Internet. However, before going any further, it's time for a visit. Most fitness centers will gladly offer you a tour if the facility declines, consider looking elsewhere.
When you visit the fitness center, take a good look around. You should feel comfortable with the people (both clients and staff), the place and the atmosphere. Do the people seem friendly? Does anyone seem to react negatively to seeing someone with a disability? Does the facility appear to be clean, climate-controlled, and well-ventilated? Is there enough signage? Does the equipment look well-maintained? Try to schedule your tour at a time you would normally use the facility. How crowded is it? Is parking readily available, including accessible spaces? Are there ramps at entrances and exits? Are there clear paths to equipment?