These days, there are so many different gyms, and each one has its own style and approach. Some are designed to cater to classes and aerobics groups. Others are designed for runners and other endurance athletes. And still, others mostly cater to bodybuilders. If you are looking for a gym where you can really focus on weight lifting and bodybuilding, it is important to do your research, visit the gyms in person, and keep an eye out for these particular features.
When most of your workout consists of lifting, you don't want to spend half your gym time waiting for a bench. Check the weight lifting area, and make sure there are plenty of benches of several varieties available. Pay attention to how the benches are spread out, too. If they are spread out throughout the weight area, this will make it easier for you to set and exchange weights throughout your workout. If all the benches are in one place, sort of separate from the weights, you're going to have to do more walking—plus, you'll feel like you're right on top of others when you lift.
There is a trend towards some gyms not allowing chalk to be used on the weights. This makes sense for smaller gyms that mostly cater to those lifting light weights for general fitness. But as a bodybuilder who will be lifting heavier weights, you will really want to be using chalk. Check that it is allowed, and also that the gym does not have any plans of banning it any time soon.
While the average gym-goer may skip the holidays, as a dedicated bodybuilder, you know you need to be in there like it was any other day. Make sure the gym is open on the holidays and that their opening hours line up with your needs. Some gyms will be un-staffed on the holidays, but they will allow their members access via a keycode lock. This is okay as long as you plan on having someone go with you to the gym. You don't want to lift alone, especially when you're working with the heavier weights for bodybuilding.
If you find a gym with plenty of weights and benches, a good chalk policy, and holiday hours, then you're set to go! This should be a place where you can work on building your physique as a bodybuilder.