How to choose a gym

Apr 07 2022

To have a healthy and beautiful body, you need to train it. Nowadays, in any city there are many gyms and various health centers. But how to choose the one that is right for you? Choosing a gym, consider not only the cost of a membership, but also the proximity to home. If you spend a few hours commuting to and from the gym, you will eventually get tired of it. It is quite possible that the training is over at that point. In addition to the location it is worth paying attention to the availability of sufficient equipment, showers, as well as competent coaching staff. It is desirable that the room has a window to access fresh air or a good air conditioning system, as well as being well lit. The presence of additional services included in the price of a subscription (sauna, pedicure, solarium, massage) is attractive, but does not make the training more qualitative. Of the services listed above, we can note only the massage and sauna as a means of recuperation. If the gym only has a pair of bars and a few pairs of dumbbells, then you will have to constantly stand in line to work out. With a minimal set of equipment and other devices training can turn into a monotonous and boring drag iron. Examine the equipment carefully before you work out. Any equipment, whether it is a barbell, an exercise machine or dumbbells, must meet the safety requirements and be comfortable. Under no circumstances should you train on faulty equipment! It is good if the dumbbells and barbell discs have a wide range in weight. The discs weigh 1.25 kilograms; 2.5 kilograms; 5 kilograms; 10 kilograms; 15 kilograms and 20-25 kilograms. The weight of the dumbbells should increase about 1 to 2 kilograms at a time. This will allow you to systematically increase the training load. When choosing a gym, you should consider the maximum number of necessary components. If you take into account such nuances as proximity to home, the quality of equipment of the gym and competent coaching staff, then you can find the necessary option for yourself. But most importantly - the desire to exercise and go to training.

Safety requirements for the gym and sports equipment


Excerpts from Safety Regulations for Physical Education Classes (SNiP 11-65, 73; SNiP P-M-3-68 and SNiP P-L-P-70)


The premises of sports halls, the equipment placed in them must meet the requirements of construction standards and regulations, as well as rules of electrical safety (PEEP, PUE) and fire safety (PPB-01-99) for secondary schools.


The gym shall, as a rule, be located on the first floor or in the basement. Types of gyms are provided depending on the type of institution and its capacity. The area of the gym must be sufficient to hold classes. It is prohibited to fill the gym in excess of the established norm.


The floors of sports halls must be resilient, without cracks and crevices, and have an even, horizontal and non-slippery surface. The floors must be dry and clean by the beginning of classes. The width of the aisles between the benches and lockers in the dressing room must be at least 1.5 m. Mirrors, pieces of equipment, cluttering the aisles with equipment must not be placed in the aisles.


The temperature in the changing rooms must be at least 20°C and in the showers +25°C, the air change rate in the changing rooms must be 1.5 and in the showers - 5.0 m3/h.


The walls of gymnasiums shall be flat, smooth, painted in light colors throughout the entire height of the panels with paints that allow for easy wet cleaning of the room. The walls of the gymnasium at a height of 1.8 m must not have any protrusions, and those which are due to the design of the gymnasium must be covered with panels at the same height. Heating appliances shall be covered with nets or shields and shall not protrude from the plane of the wall.


The lighting of the gymnasium must be at least the values given in the table.


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