Getting Started At The Gym | Stephen Coleclough PT
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Getting Started At The Gym

Getting Started At The Gym

The gym can be an intimidating place which is why many people simply won’t give it a try in the first place.

Many people are scared they will be judged for being overweight or not having any muscle mass but the truth of the matter is the vast majority of people will not care.

Many people at the gym will be busy doing their own workouts and routines so they likely won’t even pay much attention to you.

And if people do strike up a conversation with you it will usually be to offer advice or just be friendly and welcoming.

You might have heard stories on social media of people taking unflattering photos of people at the gym or making fun of overweight people.

But while these incidents have happened they are incredibly rare and the perpetrators of such acts were swiftly punished by the gym.

But even when you take all this into account I can still see why many people are a little intimidated about starting out at the gym.

But with my helpful tips below you won’t need to be intimated or afraid of joining the gym.

Research Your Local Gyms

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and join a gym you will likely have a few different options.

Most towns and cities will have a few different gyms dotted around the place some might specialise in certain areas like being more focused on weight training while others might be in leisure centres and therefore have access to other facilities like swimming pools and steam rooms.

Take your time researching your local gyms to see which is best for you.

Attend Your Introductory Session

Most gyms will offer introductory sessions for new members which are designed to let beginners learn the basics of the gym.

The sessions are usually relatively short between 30 minutes to an hour and will give you the opportunity to ask any questions.

I’d strongly advise beginners attend these introductory sessions to get to grips with the gym experience.

Start Things Off Slow

Once you have finished your introductory session you should start things off slow for your first few trips to the gym.

You might be tempted to jump straight into the advanced and fancy equipment but taking things slow is advised.

Stick to simple weight training exercises for a while and basic equipment like the treadmill to build up your strength.

Join Group Fitness Classes

Most gyms will hold their own fitness classes these can take many forms from aerobics and dance to one to one training sessions and much more.

Some gyms might also offer sports events as well like games of football and the like.

Joining these sessions can be a great way to build-up your confidence and get more accustomed to the gym setting.

Go With A Friend

While going to the gym on your own is perfectly fine I advise that most beginners consider going with a friend or relative if possible.

This can be especially useful if a few of your friends or relatives want to lose weight or get in shape.

Going with a friend will also make you feel more comfortable and confident.

The gym can be a great way to socialise as well so if you really don’t want to go alone ask a friend or relative if they’d like to join as well.

Try New Things In Time

Earlier on I advised beginners to takes things slow at first when they join the gym but I also think it’s important that people break out of their comfort zones in time.

Many gyms have a wide range of advanced exercise equipment and some even have facilities like steam rooms, swimming pools, and climbing walls.

These can be great ways to add a bit more variety and fun to your work out sessions so don’t be afraid to give them a try when you real ready.

Take Breaks

The gym can be an amazing place and there is usually a lot to see and do but it is very important that beginners take regular breaks.

You can easily wear yourself out if you stay at the gym for too long or go to often.

Make sure you take break days every so often one good rule for beginners to follow is to go every other day or do two days and then take one off.

However, you decide to do it make sure you take a break.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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