So you’ve finally bitten the bullet and done what you said you’d never do. Joined the gym.
But just as you step into the big noisy room, bulging muscles and perfectly-toned physiques you realise… you have no idea what you’re doing.
But don’t worry, we’ve got all the must-have information you need to avoid feeling like Miley Cyrus at a Nicki Minaj fan club meet. Read on.
1. Ain’t no judges here
As much as you might think all the gym-bunnies might be hating hard on the newbie in their hutch, they really aren’t. There are people of all shapes and sizes in every gym, and even hardened veterans remember what it was like when they first arrived. If you aren’t judging them, they aren’t judging you.
2. Money makes the world go round
You’re infinitely more likely to be a commited regular at your new gym if you invest a little hard-earned cash in it. So don’t just sign up for a month, lay out the 12 month membership and really go to town! It’ll be worth it in the end.
3. Slow train coming
You will make some fitness progress in your first few months, but it will be slow, that’s for sure. Don’t be disheartened though, and know that the best results come to those who wait. We promise.
4. Make it fun
Doing exercises that you know you enjoy is a much better way to go about your routine than forcing in unpleasant experiences. You’ll probably end up lounging around and wasting time just to avoid certain workouts. Remember, some activity is better than none.
Never be afraid to ask questions at the gym. Most centre’s are obliged to have a personal trainer supervising everyone at all times. They’re paid so you’re not putting them out that’s for sure.
6. Pack on the muscle!
It’s often tempting to ignore weights and just stick to cardio, after all, you want to be slim and sexy not beefy right? Wrong. After 30 we start losing weight at about 5% a decade (aslo with our organs) so it’s important to build muscle now or you’ll feel like a pudgey bag of rags when you’re older.
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7. Yeah, alright
Never let anyone influence you too much when laying out your workout plan. Unless they’re trained they’re probably just relaying something to you they read in a fitness magazine. And we all know how much journalists know…
The perfect way to begin your gym life is to say yes to the free induction session. There’ll get you used to the equipment, make sure you’re doing exercises right, and before you know it you’ll be a regular giving advice to the newbies. It is an absolute must. You can thank us later.