WORRIED ABOUT JOINING THE GYM?
Stepping into a gym for the first time can be a very daunting experience for some people and a very exciting one for others. Having worked in the fitness industry as a gym manager and personal trainer for many years I have spoken to countless people about their concerns when joining and how long it took them to actually join. It isn’t uncommon for people to take over 6 months from deciding they want to join a gym, to eventually joining.
ALL IN IT TOGETHER:
The first thing to note is that everyone who is at the gym is there for the same reason; to make a change and take a step closer to their goals, whatever they may be. The gym is simply a vehicle for change and therefore everyone going into the gym regardless of their body shape/fitness levels/experience is in the same boat. The sooner you can accept that people in the gym are not there all staring at you, but are in fact getting on with what needs to be done to achieve their own goals, the sooner you will feel more at home in this environment. From my experience, the majority of people who you think might be looking and judging you are in fact more interested in looking at themselves and are really only interested in their own training and progression.
JUMP STRAIGHT IN:
If you’re still on the fence about joining a gym then my best advice is to just jump in head first and join asap. Not because you feel you have to, but because you’re determined to make a real change to your live and those close to you. The gym is where you should be able to go to feel most at home, as after all it is designed to have everything you need to transform your physique and lifestyle. Trust me once you have made the leap of faith and begun your exercise regime you won’t look back; the results will keep you motivated and your life will literally be changed forever!
- Have a look at the gyms near you. See what facilities they have and what classes they have that you would like to do
- Go to the gym and speak to the staff there. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how welcoming they are.
- Get an induction booked in so you are familiar with the equipment and what sort of training would be suitable for you.
- Get a programme to follow from one of the trainers or use one of our online plans.
- Take part in some of the exercise classes; Aerobics, spin, yoga etc. You’ll not only get a fun workout, but you’ll get to know other gym users who will help to keep you going back.
- Encourage a friend to train with you, as you will more likely stick to a regular routine when training with someone else
- Get a personal trainer to help and guide you in some sessions. Good personal trainers are not there to simply kill you in a session, but to coach and encourage you to push that bit further
- Most importantly don’t give up at the first set back
– Tim Chase –
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