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Tips for first time gym-goers

Tips for first time gym-goers

Dear readers! Hope you are all doing well and keeping safe 🙂

This week’s post is directed to first time gym-goers. First of all, start off by congratulating yourself for taking the first step towards a healthier lifestyle – either it is for health or appearance purposes.

Going to the gym as a skinny person used to be an overwhelming experience for me since I was constantly surrounded by muscular individuals which made me feel a bit self-conscious, so I decided to stick to off-peak times in order not to see a lot of people at the gym. With time, this thought I had changed since I realised most people in the gym are not really looking at you but focused on their own workouts (Sorry Alex, you can’t always be the centre of attention LOL). In reality I know this is a common feeling a lot of people go through when starting their gym journey, so in this post I compiled a little list of things that helped when I started working out.

  • Find a Personal Trainer

Finding a PT was one of the best things I did when I started working out, since I didn’t really know how to work with the machines and how to lift weights properly. In order to save me some embarrassment, I got a PT for the first two months. It’s also quite helpful if you have any physical restrictions since they can create a personalised plan for you according to your goals and health restrictions.

  • Bring a bottle of water and a towel

While working out you tend to sweat a lot, and our body needs to replace that water content that was lost during the session. To avoid dehydration, make sure you always carry a bottle of water around with you at all times and that you take a few sips between each set. Ensure you also bring a small towel with you to place on the machines or benches while working out.

  • Define your goals and be motivated

There will be some days where you’ll feel like skipping the gym. In those days it is essential to think about why you joined the gym in the first place, what your goals are, and how you see your body looking in a year. These are just some things I think about when I think about not going to the gym on a day I was planning to. This will also increase your motivation and make you feel better about yourself and more determined. Stick to your plans! You’ll see the results very soon.

  • Find a gym partner

If you’re like me and feel kind of awkward in unfamiliar settings, it is a good idea to go to the gym with a friend. It will make your workouts more fun and relieve some anxiety. With time you’ll be more confident and eventually start going by yourself.

  • Start light and increase your load weekly

To avoid injuries, it is a good idea to not start lifting heavy weights straight away. You should start with a light load and progressively increase it once you feel like the reps are becoming too easy. For me this usually happens within a week.

  • Take advantage of gym classes

Some gyms have great classes, such as body pump and abs workouts. If you’re a novice I totally advise you to try these classes. Take advantage of that gym membership!

This is my list for you! Hopefully this will help everyone who’s thinking about starting their fitness journey. It is not an easy ride and you probably won’t see results straight away, but give it a few months and you’ll see hard work always pays off! Plus the boost of self-esteem you’ll get? Completely unmatchable. 😀

See you next week!

Alex



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