1. A large free weights area
Unfortunately, the myth of cardio burning more calories than weight training is still alive in 2020.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
Intense weight training has been shown to burn calories for up to 72 hours post-exercise. (1)
So when searching for gyms in Balham, it’s best to search for one with a large free weights training section. But if you’re a beginner, you may feel more comfortable with a large area of training machines as opposed to free weights.
2. Not busy
I don’t think there is anything worse than getting ready for your workout and turning up to the gym to find every machine or weight bench in use.
It’s a complete motivation killer.
To try and mitigate this, you should turn up for your gym induction at the regular time in which you wish to train. That way you can see how busy the gym is going to be during your regular hours.
If you’re looking for a more personalised approach and want to be able to train at any time, searching through our list of top personal training gyms in Balham may be a better option for you.
3. Supervised Hours
In the current trend of 24-hour gyms and the rise of ‘do it yourself’ workouts, it can be difficult to find a gym that has people supervising your workouts.
My recommendation would be to either use these gyms when there are professionals working or to find a gym that is staffed. This tip is especially important for beginners.
What if you have questions? Maybe you’re not sure how to change the setup of a machine?
Or maybe you’ve never used free weights and you need some guidance? Having people around to show you and help when needed can be a real lifesaver.
If you’re looking for a gym in Balham, I hope this article has helped you consider some things you may not have thought about before.
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(1)Fatouros IG, Chatzinikolaou A, Tournis S, et al. Intensity of resistance exercise determines adipokine and resting energy expenditure responses in overweight elderly individuals. Diabetes Care. 2009;32(12):2161–2167. doi:10.2337/dc08-1994