Use this checklist to find the workout facility that works best for you.
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<p>A new year often means a new <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/strength-training"target=_blank>gym</a>. Whether you’re joining one for the first time or switching gyms because your membership is up, it's smart to shop around before settling. To help you find a workout facility that works for you, we've put together a quick checklist of the things you should be aware of when doing a walk-through. From examining onsite amenities to reading online reviews, here's the right way to judge a gym.</p>
<p>If the gym's equipped with dumbbells weighing 150 pounds or more, then you’re at the right place to build some serious strength. Also, more squat racks mean less wait time when you're training legs, so look for at least two racks out on the floor.</p>
<p>If you're looking for more than a bare-bones box stocked with the basics, extras like a pool, massage therapist, or onsite nutritionist can help you get more out of your training sessions. Swimming has a therapeutic effect on muscles, a nutritionist can help <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/9-foods-for-effective-c... up your diet</a>, and a post-workout massage may help relieve pain caused by sports injuries—or dwelling deskside all day.</p>
<p>Gyms offer memberships that range from a single day to an entire lifetime. Our suggestion: sign up for one year max, because who knows what you'll be up to in 365 days? Know the gym’s cancellation policy and the specifics of your membership contract, including how to opt out. Don't like the feeling of being locked in? Paying for a <a href-"http://www.mensfitness.com/training/best-gym-membership-deals-around-the... membership</a> up front eliminates monthly payments and typically means a shorter contract duration.</p>