Choosing a Gym
How to find a quality exercise facility…
In New Zealand we are fortunate to have a registration system that administers standards for individuals and facilities giving out exercise advice – called the New Zealand Register of exercise professionals (REPs).
Our advice is to ensure you only get advice from a Registered Exercise Professional, and that if you are looking for health club, fitness centre or similar facility to exercise at, to ensure they are a Registered Exercise Facility.
Some more advice to the public when choosing a fitness centre or exercise facility:
- For your own safety, ensure it is registered with REPs (see above)
- We recommend you pay for your membership weekly/monthly. This is both easier to.budget for, and also ensures you are better protected under consumer law.
- Find a facility you feel comfortable in – go in and look around and get the “feel” of the place and ensure its right for you
Ministry of Health
The newly released Ministry of Health Going to the Gym guide recommends using REPs Registered Professionals. This is important recognition of the safe and effective exercise advice delivered by REPs Registered Trainers.
REPs and ExerciseNZ provided input into the development of the guidelines, which provide the public with valuable information to consider before getting started into exercise.
You can view the new guidelines by clicking here