Lesson 20: Joining the Gym



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: joining the gym. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Dorothy are talking about joining the gym.

Dorothy, do you have a gym membership?
No, I don’t. I really want to sign up for one.
I know the personal trainer at the gym I go to. I can ask him for you.
Thanks, Kevin! Can he give me an application?
I’m sure he can. I think the fee to join the gym is $30 per month.
I need to get into shape.
The personal trainer can recommend a fitness program for you.
I don’t like to use free weights. I prefer using exercise machines.
The gym has both so don’t worry.
That’s great! Let’s work out.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

gym membership (n) belonging to a gym
My gym membership is good for one month.
sign up (v – phrase) to join an organization
When will you sign up for a gym membership?
personal trainer (n) a professional who guides you while you exercise
His personal trainer helps him exercise correctly.
application (n) a form used to sign up for something
To join the gym, you need to complete an application.
fee (n) the amount of money that must be paid
The fee to join the book club is $10 per month.
get into shape (phrase) to become physically fit by exercising
I need to get into shape so I feel better.
fitness program (n) a plan to help someone improve their health and physical condition
The fitness program will help you lose weight.
free weights (n) heavy objects that are lifted during exercise; not attached to a machine
He likes to use free weights to gain muscles.
exercise machines (n – plural) a device used to do physical exercise
A treadmill and stationary bicycle are exercise machines.
work out (v-phrase) a session or period of physical exercise
She works out in the morning.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. What’s the fee for a gym membership?
    1. The fee for a one-year gym membership is $25 per month.
    2. We have different fees. For example, a monthly gym membership costs $30.
    3. Your answer:
  2. What kind of exercise equipment do you have?
    1. We have both free weights and exercise machines.
    2. We only have free weights, but we will be getting machines soon.
    3. Your answer:
  3. What type of fitness programs do you have?
    1. We have aerobic programs to help you get into shape.
    2. We have programs to help you lose weight and get fit.
    3. Your answer:
  4. How do I sign up for a membership?
    1. You need to fill out this application with your personal information.
    2. You need to complete this application and pay for your gym membership.
    3. Your answer:
  5. How many times per week should you go to the gym?
    1. It’s best to ask your personal trainer.
    2. You should go to the gym and workout at least three times per week.
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you have a gym membership? Why or why not?
  2. Which do you like better, free weights or exercise machines? Why?
  3. What do you do to get into shape?
  4. What are some other things that require an application?
  5. What are some other things that require a fee?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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