Many gyms like to force you into a contractual agreement, forcing you to remain at that gym for a period of at least one year. Try to avoid these gyms at all costs because they are only out to get your money.
However, for the rest of us on tight budgets, we have to look for the best deals available at the highest quality gyms within our budget. One of the main things to look out for is membership fees and hidden charges.
And one of the most important parts of finding a gym is finding one that is convenient for you to get to. If it's a struggle to get to the gym, then chances are that you won't go.
If you live in a large city, try and find a gym that is on one of your local bus routes within ten minutes. This way you won't view it as a burden and since it will be so convenient to get to the gym, you will be more apt to go.
And if you live in a more suburban area, aim for about five to ten minutes of driving time. This is all purely psychological, as is weightlifting. As long as everything is set up to work easily and not against you, you will succeed.