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Selecting a Fitness Center

photo of a fitness centerAccording to the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) there are more than 26,000 fitness related clubs in the United States. Many facilities offer safe and attractive places to exercise but the quality of staff, equipment, and programs vary greatly. It is important to carefully evaluate your fitness center options before making a selection. Important things to consider are:

  • Safe environment
  • Adequate health screening
  • Properly trained staff
  • Safe and comprehensive programs

To learn how to select a fitness facility for you and your family, link to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) free brochure Selecting and Effectively Using a Health/Fitness Facility [PDF-798k].

ACSM also has free information about selecting personal trainers, selecting exercise equipment for your home, and effectively using exercise equipment.

If you are seeking an age-friendly fitness center or have special needs, the American Association of Retired Persons ( AARP) provides information on Choosing a Health and Fitness Club.

The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) has a comprehensive checklist to help you compare local fitness facilities and choose the one that fits your needs.

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