Gym Receptionist

Lesson 1: Joining a gym

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Dialogue – Joining a gym

First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Pablo is talking to Maria about joining the gym.


Pablo: Hello! I would like to join the gym, but before I do, I would like some information please.

Maria: Hello! Of course.

Pablo: What kind of exercise equipment do you have?

Maria: We have both free weights and exercise machines.

Pablo: Oh, nice! And what type of fitness programs do you have? 

Maria: We have many programs available, such as aerobic programs to help you get into shape, or to lose weight.

Pablo: What program do you think I should follow?

Maria: We do have personal trainers that can recommend a fitness program for you.

Pablo: Hmm, ok. What’s the fee for a gym membership?

Maria: The fee for a one-year gym membership is $25 per month.

Pablo: I think I will sign up.

Maria: That’s great! Here is the application form to fill in your information. – If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.

Pablo: Thank you

Vocabulary and Expressions

exercise machines

(n – plural) a device used to do physical exercise
A treadmill and stationary bicycle are exercise machines.

free weights

(n) heavy objects that are lifted during exercise; not attached to a machine
He likes to use free weights to gain muscles.

fitness programs

(n) a plan to help someone improve their health and physical condition
The fitness program will help you lose weight.

get into shape

(phrase) to become physically fit by exercising
I need to get into shape so I feel better.

personal trainers

(n) a professional who guides you while you exercise
His personal trainer helps him exercise correctly.


(n) the amount of money that must be paid
The fee to join the book club is $10 per month.

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?


(n) a form used to sign up for something
To join the gym, you need to complete an application


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.

  • Do you have a gym membership?
  • Which do you like better, free weights or exercise machines? Why?
  • What do you do to get into shape?
  • What are some other things that require an application?
  • What are some other things that require a fee?

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