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4 Things to Think About When Searching for a Functional Fitness Gym

Ever heard of Functional Fitness?


I’m sure you’ve seen fit people lifting big weights on Instagram. Maybe one of your co-workers goes to MOEfit after work every day. I’m willing to bet even have friends who won’t stop talking about it.

But before you go down the Google rabbit hole, consider these four things 4 when searching for “gyms near me.”

Number 1: Consider more than just price and location in your decision.


When deciding on a gym, price and location are some of the deciding factors. In my opinion, a great Functional Fitness gym with an awesome community is worth the extra an extra 10 or 15 minutes on the road.

The gym is a social place and every gym has a different culture, and you should find a gym whose coaches and clients you connect well with. I tell everyone that moves to our area to try all the gyms before deciding which one is the best for them.


Yes, Functional Fitness style gyms can be expensive. Guess what? They can also be cheap.


You get what you pay for. Ask yourself what you’re looking for. Do you just want access to equipment and not much in the way of service or coaching? If that’s the case, then maybe the lower-priced option is good for you. If you are new to Functional Fitness, however, I don’t recommend this route. The movements can be complex and you’ll need quality coaching.


At MOEfit, we pride ourselves on client service. We provide our members with one-on-one personal training services, which has a higher price point. If you want a higher-value service that provides faster results than group classes, you should consider a gym that provides one-on-one personal training.

Number 2: Ask, “Do the gyms near me understand my goals?”

The most successful Functional Fitness gyms should understand the wants, needs and desires of their members and clients.

The best gyms understand that we are in the results business. The worst gyms think we are in the “get-bodies-in-the-door” business.

The path to improved fitness begins with a goal-setting session when you first walk in. We call ours a No Sweat Intro. Good gyms will ask you what your goals are. Do you want to lose weight? Gain strength? Get toned? Look better? (By the way…this is a very appropriate goal to have…)

Here’s the thing—the great gyms will ask you WHY.


The “why” is very powerful in setting any goal. Is it about more than just losing weight? Does your family have a history of chronic disease? Do you want to get stronger so you can play with your grandkids? Do you want to be able to use your fitness outside of the gym in activities like golf, swimming, kayaking or hiking?


At gyms where no one sits down with you and talks to you about your goals and your “why,” then they don’t truly understand you. And like Dale Carnegie said, “the deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

You deserve a gym that appreciates you!

Number 3: Ask, “Do the gyms near me offer nutrition coaching?”


The best Functional Fitness gyms in your area should offer nutrition coaching.

Of course what we read on the internet is usually correct (hint—no it isn’t!!),

Functional Fitness is not about heavy barbells and kipping pull-ups. It’s about improving your fitness.

In any health and fitness routine, nutrition is responsible for 80% of the results. We see it in our clients all the time. Those who do nutrition coaching see 3.5 times the results of those who just exercise. If you are not eating real whole foods, you are not getting much of anything from your fitness routine … period.


People quit gyms when they don’t see results. If you want the fastest route to results, you need good nutrition and exercise. So why not find a gym where you can get both?


Number 4: Ask yourself whether you’re searching for a “Gym near me” or a “Personal trainer near me.”


If you’re new to Functional Fitness, I highly advise that you start in a one-on-one personal-training environment. Fitness can be intimidating. You will feel like you don’t know what you’re doing.

Don’t get lost in a sea of terminology and equipment you don’t understand.

A Functional Fitness gym in your area that offers personal training is the best place to start. You may even find that you enjoy the 1 on 1 style more than group training.

MOEfit and Functional Fitness is a training methodology. Group training and personal training are the means with which it is delivered.


At MOEfit, we offer personal training services. We find personal training is best for the following:

  • Clients dealing with a pre-existing injury.

  • Clients new to Functional Fitness classes.

  • Older clients that might get neglected if put in a group class with 20- and 30-somethings.

  • Clients who want to make sure they’re performing the movements correctly.

  • Clients who don’t like a group classes.

Don’t just toss out some search terms and sign up with the first gym you find on Google Maps. Your health is worth a little ground work.

Inspiration provided by Rob Connors.

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