5 reasons it might be time to change your gym

6 July, 2023 / words by IALH Editorial Team

Written by Imane Dodo

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Moving on is hard, especially when it comes to leaving a gym you are used to. Just like a job or romantic relationships, it is critical to regularly reflect on your journey and make necessary changes to continue progressing. Fear not huns, walking away from situations that do not serve you anymore. There are always blessings ahead and knowing when to walk away from your gym is no exception. Overall, feeling like you are not getting the amenities, services or facilities you are paying for is often an indication that it is time to switch things up a bit, especially if it relates to the following situations.

1) Changing fitness goals

If your gym goals have evolved and your gym is not providing the right structure to support that change, then it may be time to look elsewhere. It could be that you want more diverse classes to build flexibility or have more regular pilates classes without paying for an external studio. Overall, if your gym does not provide the right classes, equipment and/or programs for you to continue thriving, it may be a sign to seek a gym that suits your needs better.

2) Old equipment

Aging equipment could also be a deterrent to your “gym fulfillment”. For example, if you are really into lifting weights and machine-based workouts but those are not working well in your gym because they are too old or over used, it is time to bounce. Ladies, regardless of the gym you go to, you are paying money to enjoy decent equipment so you need to make sure you get just that (but also because you deserve la creme de la creme).

3) Crowded spaces

Your gym may be incredible but it literally would not matter if you cannot enjoy all the good facilities because they get too crowded. Overcrowded gyms are a big no no and bad vibes if you find yourself waiting for machines, unable to attend classes because they get booked 2 months in advance, have your workouts constantly interrupted by someone asking you if you are almost done, feeling too hot or just  uncomfortable at the gym. It is normal for gyms to have more members over time but this becomes problematic when your gym isn’t making the necessary changes to ensure the existing members are comfortable (e.g. rearranging the spaces, expansion, more cleaning staff).

4) Poor hygiene

Hygiene and cleanliness are essential in a gym environment. If you consistently notice a lack of cleanliness, broken equipment that doesn’t get repaired, or inadequate maintenance, it might be a sign that the gym doesn’t prioritise these aspects, in which case you need to either accept that as a new reality or find alternatives.

5) Lack of motivation

Overall, your gym should be an environment that inspires you to want to be the very best version of yourself. If you consistently feel demotivated, unenthusiastic, or bored with your workouts due to the atmosphere or offerings at your current gym, it might be beneficial to seek a change. Overall, it is critical to know what motivates you to make that workout happen and keep showing up overall. Some are motivated by very luxurious gyms, others are fine with basic set-up as long as equipment is working and clean.

Ultimately, the decision to switch gyms depends on your specific circumstances and preferences. It can be helpful to visit potential new gyms, take advantage of trial offers, or seek recommendations from friends or fitness communities before making a final decision.


IALH Editorial Team


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