You 鈥檙 e going to join a gym, are you? Good for you!! The smartest investment anyone can make is an investment in their health and fitness. But which gym is the right gym for you? Here 鈥檚 some things to consider: Affordability Point Blank: Can you afford it? A lot of gyms have fairly heavy sign-up fees as well as high monthly fees. Read the fine print in your contract. Make sure you look into all the hidden costs. Is your monthly fee locked in or is it subject to increases at their discretion in the future? Are you locked in for a set period of time or can you cancel at any time and move on to another gym without cancellation fees or other opt-out fees? Location Ok, now you 鈥檝 e found a gym you can afford. Where is it located? If it 鈥檚 too far from where you live or work you may just never go due to time spent traveling. Cleanliness Is it well maintained and clean? This doesn 鈥檛 only applies to the workout areas. Look in the changerooms and restrooms. Are they clean? Or do they challenge most gas stations for least maintained award of the year? You probably don 鈥檛 want to be showering in a changing area that isn 鈥檛 cleaned or maintained regularly. Not just for the 鈥榶 uck 鈥?factor but for health reasons too. Who wants to come home with a case of athlete 鈥檚 foot caught at the gym? Popularity / Crowds Visit the gym at the exact same time of day and day of the week that you 鈥檒 l be expecting to work out. Check out how crowded it is. If you don 鈥 檛 like waiting for equipment to be free, this is a pretty important factor. Go into the areas you 鈥檒 l be utilizing and pay particular attention to how many people are using your preferred equipment and more importantly how many people are waiting to use your preferred equipment. Vibe Do you feel comfortable with the other patrons? You don 鈥檛 have to know them but if they 鈥檙 e not the kind of crowd you are comfortable hanging out with then this gym might not be for you. Look for a gym with a vibe you feel comfortable in. Music Also, listen to the music they 鈥檙 e playing. Do you like it and find it motivating for working out? If not, and you don 鈥檛 like wearing an mp3 player, then consider looking elsewhere. Working out with the wrong music playing might make you a bit annoyed or under-motivated. Staff Is the staff friendly? Helpful? Willing to stop doing their paperwork and listen to you when you have a question, comment or concern? Those are many of the things you 鈥檒 l want to consider before taking the plunge and investing in a commercial gym membership. There may be other things you want to consider, but those may only become clear to you once you 鈥檝 e visited your first gym. But with these tips in the back of your head before you embark upon your research you should be able to choose a gym that 鈥檚 right for you in no time. Again, congratulations on making a great investment in your future health! Check out my in-depth interview with Truth About Six Pack Abs author Mike Geary and learn how to get yourself some "Six Pack Abs".