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 Mohammed_RHANNAM on Thu, 23/03/2023 - 06:26


For me , choosing the right gym starts with the quality of its materials, vastness of the place, natural ventilation and the people they use it, as the gym itself has the power to challenge you or just normalize the lazy training symptoms, we as humans we progress If we find the challenge and the tools, hence, many shortcuts to great results will appear.

Submitted by Ehsan on Wed, 31/08/2022 - 06:00


I would like it be big enough and has a sufficient number of sport equipment. also I it should has a good air conditioning and be clean.

Submitted by mamalirezaenglish on Tue, 30/08/2022 - 16:45


I usually like a gym that has:
- enough space between machines
- friendly environment because I really like talk to people.
- proper air conditioning
- personalized training plan for each person

Submitted by Noldea on Tue, 26/07/2022 - 16:39


I do go to gym by myself, and maybe it just only my place or the average gym always have a wide facility with many equipment. The people here aren't that sweaty or smelly like how everyone say either.

Submitted by jmajo on Thu, 28/04/2022 - 15:04


Well, I don't like gyms very much, luckily I have to do a lot of exercise in my daily activities, I go to work by bicycle, I work in my kitchen garden and try to go everywhere by bicycle when I have to, so I don't really need to go to a gym, I used to go to a rowing club when I was younger though, but there was a bit different to a gym because most of the time I've been rowing in a lake outdoors and not doing exercise inside a building.

Thanks for the episode.
Great site!

Submitted by ninaals on Sat, 19/02/2022 - 02:20


I´ve never been to a gym,however, from my point of view they ought to have the right amount of space, so it doesn´t feel too cramped or suffocating,not only that but it should also be equiped with a wide range of different exercises,If it doesn´t have those qualities I would prefer going to the park.

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.