Calling all gym newbies, here’s my ultimate beginner’s guide to the gym. Is one of your New Years resolutions to take better care of yourself? Looking to join a gym and improve your fitness? Well hurray to you lovely because you are making an amazing decision and trust me you are amongst others who feel the same. Welcome gym newbie! The gym can be an intimidating place, especially for beginners.
Here’s my ultimate beginner’s guide to the gym.
Believe in yourself
First things first, say goodbye to those moments of self-doubt when it comes to the gym. We all have them, especially when it means being in the weights room. ‘What if I don’t know what I’m doing?’ ‘Will everyone look at me?’ And ‘why am I the only girl?’ You have every right to be in the gym as much as anyone else. Step into the gym with confidence, even if you feel far from it, it’s the first change of becoming a fitter and more awesome you!
Ditch the comparisons
‘Comparison is the thief of joy’, said Theodore Roosevelt. And comparing yourself to another person at the gym will not get you very far. It’s a mistake that one to many chose to make. Solution? Just say hi! It may seem like that other girl is way more experienced than you, but behind that resting gym face is likely to be someone who finds 50 squats as tricky as you do.
Learn gym lingo
Set – A sequence of repetitions of exercises.
Working in – allowing someone else uses a piece of equipment while you rest between sets.
DOMS – Delayed onset of muscular soreness. If you don’t know, lovely I’m afraid you’ll get to know very soon
Rep – is short for repetition and refers to one complete movement of a given exercise.
Maxing out – Lifting heavy weights for one rep.
Supersets – Performing two exercises back-to-back with no (or at least minimal) rest in between.
If you look the part, you feel the part right? Finally, give your wardrobe a fitness makeover, for the ultimate confidence boost!
Be safe with your equipment
If you are unsure about the equipment, or literally don’t have a scooby on where to start, a helping hand is always there; all you have to do is ask!
Don’t be afraid to try new things
Sweating it out on the cross trainer may be great for one person, but doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you. Finding a form of exercise you actually love will not only make going to the gym that bit more enjoyable, but also give you a mighty boost of confidence! Signing up to fitness classes is a great way to try new exercises.
Don’t be embarrassed to sweat
It may feel like all eyes are on you, but the truth is everyone in the gym is too self-conscious of how they look themselves to even notice you. So what if there’s a little sweat here and there? It means you are working hard, right? But remember to ALWAYS wipe down equipment after usage. Set a good example, you don’t want a gross reputation at your gym.
Thank you so much for reading my ultimate beginner’s guide to the gym! I hope you enjoyed it and if you want to see a PART 2 comment below. I have lots of personal experiences that I feel like I should include for entertaining you lovelies.