Reasons to Choose Your Small Local Gym Club Over a Big Gym

The journey to overall fitness often involves joining a gym. However, sometimes the choice is not clear-cut. Should you join a small gym or one of those big gym chains? Which one would you do better to go to? If you have found yourself facing this problem, this blog post is for you! Here we will focus on the specific advantages that accompany joining a small, tight-knit gym community over a large gym chain. 

Reasons to Choose Your Small Local Gym Club Over a Big Gym

Before anything else, congratulations on taking a stand for your health and deciding to live a healthier lifestyle by starting the gym habit! One of the biggest and most crucial decisions you will ever have to make is to decide whether to sign up for membership at a large gym chain or go with a smaller, less intimidating one. This blog post will shed some light on why the latter may be the better choice. 

1 – Less Overcrowding

Bigger name gyms may be wider and might have more equipment, but that will not automatically mean that there will be available equipment for you all the time. A bigger chain will most likely mean that the place will be packed most of the time. Smaller gyms will not have this type of problem of overcrowding. 

2 – Engaging Instructors

One of the most notorious complaints that many people have about big gym chains is that the instructors are somewhat detached and are unable to provide useful workout tips, at least not in the long run. This has nothing to do with the skill of the trainers. However, since they will have to cater to all the members of the gym, they may have a hard time keeping track of everyone’s progress. 

3 – Better Workout Customization

Smaller gyms will give you a better chance of customizing your workout. If you don’t feel like lifting today, you may be able to join a fitness or aerobics class. Bigger gyms may offer a cookie-cutter type of workout, which may not be as effective for one as it is for others. 

4 – No Unpredictable Contracts

Another one of the most complained-about things in a big gym chain is the contracts. You will have to comply with a list of rules that seem to be ever-changing. A smaller gym will go with what is best for the gym-goer and not for the enterprise. 

5 – Positive Community Atmosphere

Lastly, the type of community you will find in smaller local gyms is like no other. The people who frequent these gyms have formed friendships and see each other when they work out. The type of community you will join in a smaller gym is a much warmer one than what you might find in a big gym chain. 


While it may be true that you might be able to find cheaper monthly rates at bigger gym chains. Also, you may argue that there is a wider range of shiny gym equipment that can be found in big chains. However, the advantages of these larger chains seem to end there. You may soon find out that smaller local gyms have much more to offer than what first meets the eye. Finding the right one will make all the difference in your fitness journey. 

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