The thought of walking through the front door of a gym can exasperate fear into the best of us.
Not only do you have to deal with your own body insecurities (or not..good luck to you!), then there is the fear of feeling like a complete dork if the treadmill happens to fling you across the other side of the room on startup or collapse under the weight of wrongly set up the machine. I know, I have been there before, it took me a good 25 years to walk through the doors of a gym that is not attached to a surf club.
I totally felt like the fish out of water but it didn’t take long for me to be ‘body attacking’ with the best of them or booking my position for the spin class the next morning. I do prefer the great outdoors these days, but at the time, being a member of a gym was the perfect change I was after. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that gyms are there to promote a healthier and fitter version of you. One that is more body confident and strong. Sometimes the whole experience can leave us overwhelmed with not knowing where to start or what to do. If you have ever thought of joining a gym but are finding it all a bit nerve wreaking here are some tips that might help ease you into it.
Are you gym nervous? Try These 5 Tips
+ Try a group class – my advice is to do this first for a few weeks, it will get you into the groove and while building up your strength and fitness it will build up your confidence as well. It is a great way to meet fellow gym goer’s that you might be able to hook up with after the class or just get tips off.
+ Ask for help – have one of the personal trainers on site design you up a program and have it reviewed every 6 weeks. This way you will know EXACTLY the right exercises and equipment to use with the correct weight. It’s there in front of you to take to each session and it will get the best results.
+ It’s not a fashion show – don’t let the fact that you are not in the latest and greatest gear put you off. It is not a necessity, you are there to sweat, and make funny faces in the process. The latest fashion is optional.
+ Plan your workout – early morning and late afternoon are the busiest times. If you don’t have to be there then, leave it for the off-peak periods. It is a lot more relaxed and will have more chance of zipping through your workout without the hassle of waiting for equipment.
+ Make it as social as you want it – if it’s your chill out time, then that is ok, it doesn’t have to be a gossip session or way to make new friends. Just pop your tunes on and chill out and enjoy the endorphins! Summer is creeping ever so close each day now, so if you haven’t started a ‘get in shape’ program yet then these tips could be the kickstart you need.