Year after year, one of the most common New Year's resolutions is to lose weight. Hitting the gym is a great way to keep active, but joining a gym in January means you may encounter high-pressure sales tactics. This is the busy season for gyms, and fitness companies are eager to take your money during the post-holiday gold rush.
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Your gym culture can often make or break your fitness experience, so it's important that you go to one that suits you. There's a reason CrossFit appeals to so many fitness first-timers and veterans alike: It's more of a community than it is a place where you splash around in a puddle of your own sweat.
iOS/Web: Despite increasing competition, gym memberships are expensive -- especially if you don't use them after signing up for a lengthy contract. GymBetter locates nearby gyms and lets you visit them for a fixed fee.