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 Lalit_aas on Tue, 09/07/2024 - 16:55


I prefer that there is a trainer available all the time and all the equipment are in good condition. 

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Submitted by Dinapao1 on Mon, 08/04/2024 - 21:58


I do not like Gyms so I prefer at home.

Submitted by iepenarandao96 on Wed, 21/02/2024 - 03:16


I´m not a professional athlete so probably I won´t look for some specific machine to train some specific muscle, I will be fine with the classic machines and some dumbbells. But for sure I will look how clean is that place, I think that is very important in a place like a gym and look if the cleaning staff is constantly doing their job.

Submitted by Gallegos_03 on Mon, 22/01/2024 - 01:08


What I look for in a gym is that the machines are in good condition and have the necessary machines to train each muscle. Of course I like it to be a place where people don't shout or interrupting

Submitted by javy lopez on Tue, 16/01/2024 - 21:43


For me i want a free and comfortable space, that is quiet and has all kinds of devices

Submitted by edgar Leyva on Tue, 16/01/2024 - 21:38


I like it because you make new Friends while you are doing exercise and you get a better shape being a healthy person.

Submitted by on Fri, 08/12/2023 - 22:11


For me I prefer gyms that are pretty close to my home and I can go there early and exercise in peace and with a personal trainer and I get my headphones and run on the treadmill and hear some music and a lot of equipments that mean no long wait and that's

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Submitted by Anwarow on Mon, 31/07/2023 - 18:16


for me choosing the right gym is very important. First i look the distance between my home to the gym, second i'll be sure their monthly subscribtion is not expensive. last i will be sure their equipments are full and whether the space is enough big.

Submitted by anastasiaa-02 on Sat, 15/07/2023 - 11:34


As for me, it is enough to do exercises at home to look pretty. But my boyfriend worked as a personal trainer and he goes to the gym every week. It is important to have modern and high-quality exercise equipment, purite and polity stuff.

Submitted by souksouka on Mon, 03/04/2023 - 15:30


I think that gym is very important for our health I really like it