Your Gym Should Either Be Super Close or Super Nice

We’ve talked about how important location is when choosing a gym, but not how much travel distance can affect motivation. The sweet spot, it turns out, is around 4 miles. People who traveled only 3.7 miles to their gym went five or more times every month. People who traveled around five miles or more only hit the gym about once a month. Distance was less of a factor, however, for individuals that sprung for more expensive gym experiences. Establishments like Equinox, The Barre Code, and SoulCycle warranted trips almost twice as far as cheaper competitors. Better amenities, more class offerings, and cleanliness can be a big draw for some. Basically, a mediocre gym five miles away is the worst option you could pick.


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