According to the IDEA Health and Fitness Association, a fitness training organization in San Diego, 37 percent of sports and health club members are exercise beginners [source: DeFranco]. A lot of people remain overweight and out of shape simply because they don't know where to begin. And with scads of TV and Internet advertisements for the latest fad diets and exercise regimens, it's hard to sort the facts from the fiction.
By joining a health club, you not only have access to the right equipment, but to certified personal trainers who can help you choose the best exercise plan for your fitness goals. A trip to the sports club means something very different for someone who wants to lose 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) and someone who wants to train for a marathon. A personal trainer can teach you the right way to use treadmills, cycles, strength training machines, free weights and other exercise equipment to maximize results and avoid injuries.
A nice perk of most sports clubs is that they offer free introductory consultations from staff trainers. Depending on your membership level, additional personal training sessions are either included in your monthly package or added for an extra fee. Make sure your personal trainer is experienced and certified by major certifying organizations like the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and the American Council of Exercise. Some sports clubs, like the Equinox franchise, have their own certification systems.
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