Health clubs have been around for many years but only in recent years have they become as popular as they are today. Every city has at least one and for many people private health clubs are available for a few select people. Local health clubs in your town can be found as individual businesses or as a part of a community organization. They are also located within gated communities and apartment complexes. They can range from a small size for up to six people at a time to a larger organization as a work out and social outlet. Check with your employer. Most large companies provide an on-site health club for their employees or you can receive a discount at a club of the employers choice. If you have an on-site health club, take advantage of it as soon as possible and as much as possible. When you are ready to look at local health clubs in your area you need to decide why you would like to join. The reasons can be many. From improving current health, losing weight, toning muscles you have or preparing for an upcoming event in your life such as a marathon. Health clubs offer many kinds of workouts and choices for lifestyle and body condition. You can choose from a cardio work out which will increase your heart rate for better endurance activities to weight lifting for muscle tone and strength. All types of workout will help you to lose or control your weight in proper proportions. Local health clubs employ personal trainers to help you find the best workout for your needs and help you find a diet right for you. They will be your support when you are tired and want to stop and they will be your coach when you feel like you have failed and need to restart your plan.