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5 Common Gym Questions and Answers

Whether you’ve had your gym membership for ages, or you’re new  to the fitness community, everyone has questions about going to the gym. What do you bring with you? Where can you find the equipment you need? As always, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve answered five of the most common gym questions we’ve come across. Anything else you’re curious about? Leave questions in the comments below!

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1. What should I bring with me to the gym?

Depends how you like to work out but some common items include:

  • Gym bag
  • Phone or iPod for music
  • Headphones
  • Water bottle
  • Sweat towel
  • Lock

If you plan on showering, you will likely want to include toiletries, a shower towel, flip flops, and a change of clothes.

2. Where do I leave my stuff?

Most gyms will have lockers where you can leave your gym bag or personal items. You may want to call ahead to see if the lockers are located in the general workout area or if they have gender-specific locker rooms. Typically you’ll want to bring a personal lock to keep your items secure while you work out.

 

3. How can I sign up for classes?

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All gyms are different. Some will allow you to sign up online while others will require you to sign up in person. Additionally, busier classes may not open up for registration until the week or day of. Be sure to check with your gym to see what they recommend for the classes you’re interested in.

 

4. How long should I spend on the machines when the gym is busy?

If you’re using a cardio machine, it’s courteous to try and limit your usage to 20-30 minutes. With weight machines, try to stick to 2-3 efficient sets. If you want to take longer rests between sets, encourage someone else to use the equipment while you’re taking your break. This allows you to maximize your time on the machine while being considerate of other people’s time.

5. What’s the difference between free weights and machine weights?

A free weight can be classified as any object or device that can be moved freely in three-dimensional space. Some of the more common free-weights in a gym would be:

  • Dumbells
  • Barbells
  • Medicine ball
  • Ankle weights
  • The human body (the ultimate free-weight of all!)

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On the other hand, any exercise machine in a gym such as a pec-dec or a smith machine is a perfect example of what can be considered high-tech training apparatus or machine weights.

Not sure which one to use? Find more information on the differences between the two at BodyBuilding.com.

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to learn more about how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

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Gym feature: Olympic Athletic Club

While there are some fitness chains that are doing great, innovative things, there are so many independent gyms that deserve recognition too! To that end, we are going to start highlighting gyms across the country that we think are doing any awesome job. First one up? Olympic Athletic Club in Seattle, Washington.

Summary: Names “Best Health Club/Fitness Practice” by Seattle Magazine in 2012 and voted “Best Gym in Seattle” in the Best of Citysearch 2013, Olympic Athletic Club in Ballard went through a major renovation a year ago, with first class upgrades including a second pool, new locker rooms, more studio space for over 90 available fitness classes and tons of brand new equipment to get your heart race up”. [Red Tricycle]

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Amenities: Group exercise classes, two lap swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs, men’s and women’s steam rooms, court sports, and the latest cardiovascular and weight training equipment

Bonus: 10 hours of free childcare is given to Single-Family and Family membership holders each month. Additional childcare is available for just $3/hour.

“One little quirk is that the upstairs cardio room overlooks Ballard Ave. and in the summer you can smell BBQ when the windows are open”.

– Michelle Y. of Seattle, Washington [Yelp]

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Club information:

Olympic Athletic Club
5301 Leary Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107
206-789-5010
Online: olympicathleticclub.com

Photo cred: Red Tricycle, Yelp

gym reimbursements

Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to learn more about how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

 

Common Gym Terms You Should Know

Let’s face it, the gym can be daunting. Whether it’s your first time at a health club in years or you’re trying out new equipment, there can be a lot to learn to navigate your way around! Naturally, we’ve got you covered. Below is a glossary of some of the most common gym terms and what they mean, so you can walk around like you own the place.

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Spot: When someone assists another person with an exercise. ie: “Can you spot me?” or “I need a spotter.”

Rep – A rep (short for repetitions) is how many times you do a single exercise in a row. i.e.: “I did 8 reps at 80 pounds”.

Set – A set refers to a group of repetitions done without stopping. i.e.: “Do 3 sets of 10 reps”

Circuit Training – A method of physical conditioning in which one moves from one exercise to another, usually in a series of different stations or pieces of equipment.

Intervals – This is when you train at a low intensity for a period of time, followed by a high intensity.

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Ripped – Someone is ripped when they have very low body fat and muscle separation is visible and defined. i.e.: “That guys is ripped!”

Pecs – Short for pectoral muscles (especially with reference to the development of these muscles in bodybuilding).

 

Lats – Short for Latissimus Dorsi – the large muscles that run down the back

Quads – Quadriceps (front of the thighs)

Core – Refers to your trunk – your low back, mid back, abdominals, obliques and stabilizers.

What other terms do you think are important to know? Leave in the comments below!

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to see if you’re eligible for a free gym reimbursement check!

References: “Do You Speak Gym” via pfitblog, “The Ultimate Guide to Gym Lingo” via greatist.

 

[Friday Five] Gym Ettiquette: 5 Things you Should Never do at the Gym

The gym is a special place – a place that is a comfort zone for many, a routine part of their day or a magical escape. Because so many share this location and even rely on it for their well being, its important to have a set of guidelines to ensure the gym remains a happy zone.

To make sure you are never “that” guy or girl, we put together a list of five things you must never do at the gym. Commit these gym faux paus and you don’t expect to be a favorite at your local spot!

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1. Forget to wipe down equipment

Not only is this not sanitary, it’s gross! Leaving behind sweat on shared workout equipment can expose others to skin or airborne illnesses. At the very least, it sends the message that your peers should have to clean up your sweat for you – which isn’t going to win you any friends.

2. Grunt/make unnecessary noises

We know how hard you work to lift those weights – they’re heavy! Try not to distract those around you by making loud grunting noises when you do so. If anything, it makes others feel like they’re not working out hard enough if they don’t grunt and wheeze – before you know it the gym will sound like a zoo!

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18f9f-aerobics 3. Wear inappropriate clothing

This applies to both guys and girls of all shapes and sizes. People come to the gym to get fit, not to compete in a bikini contest. Further, under dressing increases the likelihood of unsanitary effects (sweat, athlete’s food, etc.), which is not cool. Respect those around you and dress appropriately.

4. Douse yourself in perfume/cologne

This one may seem silly, but it can have a huge impact on those trying to work out around you. Wearing too much perfume makes it really hard for others to breath, especially if they’re sensitive to scents or have allergies. Just wipe off quickly before hitting the treadmills if your cologne packs a heavy punch. Everyone will thank you for it!

5. Lounge on equipment

It should be pretty clear at this point, but people come to the gym to work out. Many are on a limited time frame or even budget. Lounging on the equipment when you’re not using it may mean they a busy mom can’t get her full workout in that day. It also sends the message your time is more important than others’. Take your texts to the locker room or catch up with your fitness friend in the stretching area.

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Did we miss your biggest gym pet peeve? Let us know in the comments below!

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to see if you’re eligible for a free gym reimbursement check!

Images via EFA, Huffington Post, Stylest Digest, Gymaholic.

10 Ways to Save Money at the Gym

We hear it all the time: “I can’t afford to go to the gym”. While it is true that gym memberships aren’t free, there is no reason cost should hold you back from a healthy lifestyle. In fact, if you work it right, you may be able to break even or better yet, MAKE money by going to the gym! With all the health incentive programs entering the industry right now, there has never been a better (or cheaper) time to focus on your fitness. Here are 10 creative ways for you to save money at the gym:

1. Research daily deals in your area

Flash sales offer a great way to get a deep discount on a regularly high-ticket classes. Better yet, you can shop around before committing to your favorite. Try Groupon, LivingSocial, or Zozi to find some local deals.

2. Commit at the right time

You can usually get the best deals around the end of the year holidays (Christmas, New Year’s Eve) or during the slower summers. Gyms have financial goals they have to hit and will likely offer the best discounts to prospect members during this time.

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3. Walk to the gym

Obviously, this one depends how far you live from your gym, but if it’s manageable, you should always walk! Not only do you save money on gas or parking, you get the benefit of that warm up and cool down time.

4. Bring your own supplies

This includes things that you spend money on at the gym, such as:

  • Locks
  • Water bottles
  • Protein shakes
  • Post-workout snacks

These things tend to add up!

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5. Refer friends!

Most gyms have referral programs and will give you all kinds of incentives for bringing in prospective members. The perks range from gift cards to membership credits to cold hard cash!

6. Utilize the free personal training session

Before you decide to splurge on a trendy fitness class, remember that many gyms offer a free personal training session with your yearly membership. Take advantage of this free pass, at the very least, and keep an eye out for package deals or group rates with your favorite trainer!

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7. Check your insurance

Many health insurance companies offer gym reimbursements to members who workout regularly. For example, UnitedHealthcare gives $20 to every member who goes to the gym 12 times or more a month. That adds up to $240 a year! Find out if you’re eligible for cash reimbursements here, or simply fill your info into the form below:

8. Prepay upfront

You can save a ton of cash by paying for 12 or 24 months upfront. For example, you can buy a 2-year membership certificate for 24 Hour Fitness at Costco for $369.99. That works out to $15 a month!

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9. Two words: corporate discounts

Ask your employer if your company offers any corporate discounts. The savings are usually pretty steep (20-30%) and chances are, the gyms in the program are close to your office.

10. Wear your FitBit and cash out

Who knew that you could earn money for using your FitBit? Rewards include things like Walgreen’s Balance Reward points, perks from AchieveMint, or donations to charity. (You can see a full list of awesome incentives here.)

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to see if you’re eligible for a free gym reimbursement check!

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I’m not eligible for a gym reimbursement, what does that mean?

As we know, many insurance companies now offer gym reimbursements for employees who workout regularly. This typically comes with a lot of paperwork, which is where spott3r comes in! Simply enter your information, and we handle all of the logistics for you.

There are instances, however, where someone may not be eligible for a gym reimbursement. Has this happened to you? Chances are its due to one of these reasons:

1. You don’t have a gym membership. 

While all fitness reimbursements are different, most require you to attend a gym or organization that they partner with. Not sure which ones qualify? Take a look at the insurance company’s website! (For example, UnitedHealthcare has a full list of the gyms they partner with here.)

2. Your employer doesn’t currently offer a reimbursement

Not all employers have jumped on the fitness train yet. Consider reaching out to your HR department and encouraging them to find a plan that offers reimbursements! After all, a healthy employee is generally less expensive. (See how one company saved $280,000 by implementing fitness into their work culture here.)

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3. Your current plan with your insurance company doesn’t offer a reimbursement

While many insurance companies offer health incentives, not all of them are there yet. Ask your insurance company to consider adding reimbursements to their fitness programs, and remind them that healthier members will cost less in the long run!

Alternatively, you can consider switching health care providers! Spott3r Founder, Rami Rafeh, recommends the following: Oxford, United Healthcare, Meritain Health, Harvard Pilgrims, Blue Cross Blue Shield.

4. You don’t go to the gym enough

Keep in mind that most fitness reimbursement programs require a minimum activity in order to get your reimbursement for the month. ​For example, Blue Cross Blue Shield and UnitedHealthcare require that you go to the gym 12 times a month in order to receive the reimbursement ($20).

More answers to frequently asked questions here.

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to learn more about how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

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Get to know spott3r founder, Rami Rafeh

Spott3r Founder, Rami Rafeh, was recently featured in Entrepreneur Magazine! If you’re unfamiliar with spott3r, or have ever wondered what a fitness reimbursement is – you can find all your answers here.

How I Launched My Health-Care Startup

By Paula Andruss of Entrepreneur Magazine

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“With the Affordable Care Act in full swing, more entrepreneurs are trying to get a piece of the $2.8 trillion health-care pie.

Rami Rafeh worked in business development and innovation at Pfizer before launching New York-based spott3r, which enables employees to earn gym reimbursements or insurance wellness credits for exercising. As a professional who has worked on the established and startup sides of the health-care industry, he gave us his insights on how to operate in a sector where the only constant is change.”

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Our favorite excerpt:

“I remembered a gym reimbursement credit I used to file several years ago with New York Sports Clubs, and thought about how many steps there were in that reimbursement process. We realized that even if a person knew about it, they probably weren’t claiming it, because there were so many steps involved. So we decided to use that as our business entry point and build from there.” – Rami Rafeh

Read the full article here.

Photography by Emmet Malstrom.

gym reimbursements

Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to learn more about how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.