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 huyentran on Wed, 29/04/2020 - 11:00

I look for a gym because there is very good for my health. When our bodies are normally active, our body's processes of metabolism can function effectively. After practicing sports, your mind will be more flexible and alert and you can learn anything faster. You will have a relaxed spirit. In addition, your body will be perfect. How beautiful your body is when it's symmetrical and not fat.

Submitted by becgabi on Sun, 05/04/2020 - 12:37

I tend to search for inexpensive gyms nearby my home, in the first place. As a matter of fact, I am willing to walk max 10 mins to get there. Naturally, it is vital to be well-equipped as well. It is also crucial to have many enough tools when I am working out there. Eventually, there are many gyms where you can listen to awful music during your training so music is another important factor for me.

Submitted by Elvise JAF on Sun, 05/04/2020 - 04:29

initially the gym must be near to my house that i can walk all the way to there and i prefer use locker to keep the stuff safe also the gym must under cover by security cameras dispute that security guide present during the days. clean and tidy facilities as a shower, toilet and workout equipment.

Submitted by yoyoraw on Sun, 29/03/2020 - 19:05

If i considered registering at a gym i will probably make sure about the cleanliness of the place and the price of registering of course plus the area needs to be close enough to my house.

Submitted by armando on Wed, 12/02/2020 - 06:47

What I look for in a gym is space and equipments, It must have variety in equipments that allows us to work out all my muscles with different routines.

Submitted by Yerlan on Fri, 31/01/2020 - 08:44

Hello, Dear teacher Could you explain, please? What does drop by mean? and is it nessesary to say "does" in the sentences above "it does extra cost though." and In the sentences "Almost, though" how can i understand "though" does it mean "but"? Thank you. Rakhmet. In Kazakh Rakhmet means thank you very much.

Hello again Yerlan

'drop by' means 'visit'. 'does' is not grammatically necessary in the sentence you ask about, but it does add emphasis. Yes, 'though' means 'but' here -- she means they aren't open 24 hours, but nearly 24 hours.

Rakhmet for the Kazakh lesson!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by Magedelabd on Wed, 11/12/2019 - 15:18

In a gym I look for the cleanness , the equipment condition , the space , a good trainer and a good price as well.

Submitted by nikisyazwani on Wed, 02/10/2019 - 18:34

I have completed the task, 'Joining the Gym'. The level I chose was Upper Intermediate B2.
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Submitted by kamicounciler on Sat, 28/09/2019 - 20:20

for me,the most important thing about a gym is probably the amount of people working there, in compare to the whole space the gym has.the less crowded the gym is, the better i can work out.also it will be great if they have trainers to help for the beginning sessions and to design a personal programme.