Anyone who has ever embarked on fitness journey for the first time knows how hard it can be in the beginning, especially for those who don’t have enough knowledge or determination. One of the most difficult things for beginners is the first training in the gym – it can be really scary, since it is a new environment, with its own set of rules and you have to share it with a lot of people. The thing is – gym is not what you imagine it (for sure), but it surely isn’t as bad as you think it is.
To help you prepare better for your first training, we have gathered some of the best tips for beginners going to the gym:
- Try to set some goals, before even entering the gym. Even if you don’t pay for a premium membership or a personal trainer, there must be a person in the gym to help you out. Share with that trainer your goals and ask them to help you with exercises in the beginning.
- You have to be ready to learn and not just in the beginning. Every workout in the gym is an opportunity for you to learn – about exercises, about workouts or about your own strength. You can learn a lot by listening to your body.
- You will be surprised how much talk there is about nutrition, which is not a surprise, since diet has an important role in the whole fitness world.
- Don’t be surprised if before even joining the gym you are asked to be medically cleared to join. This is a practice adopted by many gyms in the US – basically they want you to get a clearance from your doctor that you are able to exercise and that you don’t have any other issues that could restrict you going to the gym.
- One thing that surprises many people who join the gym for the first time – the first training is not hard and it feels more like a demonstration – and that is exactly what it is. This demonstration is necessary for you to know basic gym rules and how to use equipment.
- Many people just joining the gym feel nervous and this is perfectly normal – you are about to start a journey that will change your life. Unfortunately, there is no way to be calm about it (if you don’t know a way that calms you) and you will just have to push through it. Later, when you finish you’ll wonder why you were nervous in the first place.
- If you don’t choose a membership that includes a personal trainer to be present on every of your trainings, make sure that you follow everything that they say to you, because later you will do a lot on your own.
- Make sure that you discuss about your next session immediately at the end of the current session, just to keep you going while you are still motivated and willing to do more.