When looking for a fitness center or preparing to visit a center for the first time, it is helpful to ask questions ahead of time so you know what to expect. For example, you may want to know:
- Is the facility on a public transit route (e.g., bus, subway, train)?
- Can you tell me how to find the facility (e.g., it's on the same side of the street as the bus stop, the first entrance at the end of the block after you get off the bus)?
- Who should I ask for when I get there (e.g., membership manager or front desk staff)?
During your first visit, you might want to know more specific details.
- Ask for a tour of the facility. Before you start, you may want to ask the staff first to describe the overall facility (e.g., the facility has two floors; the cardio equipment is on the first floor, and the weight equipment is on the second floor). Once you understand how the center is laid out, they should take you through it.
- Ask about the qualifications and training of the staff on adapting activities, and working with people with disabilities to develop a fitness program.7
Choosing a Fitness Center. (2006). Retrieved September 21, 2007 from National Center for Physical Activity and Disability Web site: http://www.ncpad.org/308/1913/Choosing~a~Fitness~Center