If you’ve never been to a gym before, this blog is for you. If the thought of going into a public gym gives you anxiety, then it’s your lucky day. I have put the top 10 things that every new gym goer should be aware of before they walk into a commercial gym.
1. Do your research
The facility you choose shouldn’t be more than a 20-minute drive away from you, studies have shown that if your facility is greater than 20 minutes away you are more likely to quit.
2. Anything is better than nothing
You don’t need to spend 3 hours at the gym, even if you only have 30 minutes to spare that is much better than not going at all.
3. Free weights are more advanced than fixed machines
At first, the free weights can be a little intimidating if you have never done them before, start out by getting used to the machines.
4. You can’t choose where to lose fat
We all have certain areas where we wish to lose body fat in, but the reality is you cannot choose where you’re going to lose body fat, you must think of the human body as whole.
5. You are here for you
Stay focused on your own goals, the only reason you are here is because you want to improve your lifestyle, keep that in mind along with your goals.
6. Don’t concentrate on the number of calories burned on cardio equipment
When using the cardio equipment try not to focus on the number of calories that the machine says you are burning, they are usually inaccurate, focus on the amount of work you are putting in and how you are feeling.
7. Weights ARE for everybody
Weights are for everybody not just the “muscle head” you see flexing in the mirror, they benefit EVERYBODY. It will help weight loss/maintenance, increase functional strength, increase mobility, and reduce STRESS!
8. Don’t neglect proper form
If you don’t feel like you’re doing a certain exercise right, you might be correct, don’t risk it. Ask someone at the front desk if they could show you how to do it. They want to see you succeed just as much as you do, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
9. Don’t neglect proper diet
This is probably the biggest area of your lifestyle you will not want to neglect; without a proper diet you will not be able to hit your desired goals.
10. Beware of the cardio cop out
Don’t spend your time only on the cardio machines, take the steps to learn basic weight training, balancing both is very important for you too hit your goals, whatever they might be.