Joining a gym

Joining a gym

Listen to the conversation about joining a gym to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.


Receptionist: Hello, welcome to Shake it Off Fitness. How can I help you?

Customer: Yes, thanks. I've been meaning to come in and find some information about here for some time. I was wondering if you could help me?

Receptionist: Sure, of course. What would you like to know?

Customer: I saw on the sign outside that you have the best budget membership in the city. Is that right?

Receptionist: You've got that right, yes. If you find a better rate, then we'll match it. Also, we don't have any sign-up fees or cancellation fees.

Customer: Sorry, what was that last bit?

Receptionist: Cancellation fees. Some gyms charge you money if you leave before a minimum number of months or something like that. We don't do that.

Customer: That's useful to know. Ummm, what times do you have?

Receptionist: We open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight.

Customer: Not 24 hours then, I see.

Receptionist: No. Almost, though! We tried doing the 24-hour thing, but there really weren't a lot of people who wanted to do exercise at 2 in the morning.

Customer: Makes sense. Another question: do you have trainers? Like, will you do a personalised evaluation of me?

Receptionist: Sure we do. As we say on our brochure, we can show you what to do, how to do it and why you're doing it. Have you worked with a personal trainer before?

Customer: Err, no. No, I haven't. No.

Receptionist: So, it's very easy. For your first visits we'll assign you one of our expert personal trainers. He or she will design an exercise plan that's just right for you and show you exactly what to do. We even include nutrition advice in the plan.

Customer: Let me get this straight. All of this is included in the price?

Receptionist: Yes, it is. If you want to continue with your trainer after the first few classes, we can talk about that. It does cost extra though. OK?

Customer: Yeah. Sounds ... great.

Receptionist: Do you have any other questions?

Customer: Hmmm, yeah. Um, OK. Why should I choose here instead of any of the other gyms in the city?

Receptionist: What, you mean apart from our competitive rates and personalised attention?

Customer: Yeah, I guess.

Receptionist: Listen, here's a free day pass. Why don't you drop by and see for yourself? That way you can talk to other members, see the facilities and our staff.

Customer: OK, I'll do that. Thanks very much!


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Submitted by LyubovK on Sat, 12/02/2022 - 08:26


I look for the best price, location, and qualitative facilities in a gym. And also I appreciate if the gym is old, has a long history and experience.

Submitted by JARED ISRAEL J… on Tue, 01/02/2022 - 03:32


In my short life I have not been to many GYM, I do not usually do much physical activity, but the few times I have had the opportunity to go I liked the decoration along with the personalized service, the infrastructure seems to me a very important point when choosing a good GYM.
Personally I prefer well equipped GYMs with good facilities.

Submitted by misty on Tue, 11/01/2022 - 20:49


Every person has a preference going to a gym or exercising at home. In my own perspective, I don't have to look for a gym. First, I have my own personal trainer at home, my husband. Second, he built his own gym in our basement which he uses almost everyday and me twice or thrice a week. Lastly, we eat healthy balanced diet that we cook at home. Furthermore, we know what exactly ingredients are being added to our food and not with preservatives or salts.

Submitted by khaoula ghar on Thu, 04/11/2021 - 22:43


Personnaly, I've been suffering from coaches who are giving orders so i can't practise independentaly So what I am really looking forward is a gym where I workout without coach and also it provides distinct machines whith high quality so i can cible different muscles and angles of my body.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Mon, 04/10/2021 - 23:52


I am looking for a fitness instructor who can guide me for overall health and fitness.I want to learn some tips for good health and fitness from exercises and looking for good advice for good food and diet.

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Tue, 31/08/2021 - 16:20

Actually, I think location of the gym is important to be near to my flat/ house; the price of membership is really important; to be clean the fitness and not smelly bad :( :/ ; trainer, never I use that service, because in my country is expensive... But better option is to do excercise outside /free of charge, nice air, freedom, without smelly people , gasp and push people :D

Submitted by German on Thu, 13/05/2021 - 03:45

Actually, I have never looked for a gym, but a think is important in a gym the machines, the size, the trainer and the atmosphere to do exercise.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sun, 25/04/2021 - 11:46

I never went to gym. I'm doing exercise in home. This is very helpful and I'm very fit. In this covid period, India's facing second wave. I'm very careful in this time. I Never go out.when I go out I wear double mask and necessary precautions. Hope God will help us.

Submitted by hany947b on Wed, 24/03/2021 - 23:40

to be honest, i need a gym that can improve my fitness rate,because i practice soccer playing weekly,may be once or twice a week,so for example i need to increase my ability to quickly change my body position in the playground,besides , my ability to run fast to cope with the soccer world development.

Submitted by kawa on Sun, 07/02/2021 - 10:29

There are a lot of points I have to take them into consideration when I look for a gym, the most important thing is the location: After a long time of working, I would totally not have the wellness to spend another two hours on the road. Another thing is the membership cost: I would check out a few different gyms in my area. they may differ depending on the type of plan you are taking. I would ask cautiously about services, if there are any extra costs of hiring a personal trainer and whether they are a well qualified trainer and if the hall and facilities are super clean and enquire about the opening hour and finally check the quality of equipment