The Absolute Beginner's Guide to the Gym

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to the Gym

By Bethan Townsend

Even though we know a thing or two about the gym ourselves at payasUgym, we also understand how daunting making that first trip to the gym can be. Many people have never stepped inside a gym before and they don’t know what to expect.

If this is you then hopefully these tips will make that first step easier than you imagined and ensure you come back for more.

1. Take Advantage

When you first visit a gym you will have the opportunity to take a tour and even invest in some personal training time one-on-one with one of the gym staff. Take it all! The more you can learn, the more prepared you’ll be and you won’t feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the machines and other gym users.

2. Take a Friend

There’s nothing like a bit of moral support from a likeminded gym-buddy. It could be someone who already uses a gym or it could be someone who wants to get started like you, either way you’ll feel much bolder and more confident with someone by your side.

3. Take no notice

Of those around you! It is very easy to get drawn into watching others as they work out and even envy them for their perceived confidence. Remember, you know them no better than they know you and what they’re doing doesn’t matter to you. Go at your own pace and work on your own goals, don’t worry about anyone else.

4. Take Time

Your first visit make be a little overwhelming but it takes time to fit into your surroundings and get used to your gym. Take the time you need and ensure you keep going back to build confidence at the same time as building muscle and stamina.

The first trip will be over before you know it and once you’ve got that out of the way you can begin to focus on your fitness journey. 

Comments

Roger B.
26 September 2014

Roger B.

there's a motto 'dance like no-one is watching'. Perhaps it should be 'exercise like no-one is watching'!

Olivia C.
12 September 2014

Olivia C.

Yep, I agree, only worry about yourself - no-one else is watching, Honest!

Trevor D.
12 September 2014

Trevor D.

'take no notice of others' - that's really good advice. Fitness does not have to be competitive, be comfortable in your skin. Even if it is a bit saggy.

Olga N.
10 September 2014

Olga N.

This is something I need to print out and hand out around work! I'm always offering to go along to the gym with my colleagues but they keep turning me down, I'm sure it's just nerves!

Sarah L.
10 September 2014

Sarah L.

all for moral support - joining a class can be quite intimidating on your own. Instructors take note!

Sasha B.
9 September 2014

Sasha B.

it's been a long time since my first gym visit but without a doubt I agree with the take a friend. I don't know if I would have got to the gym without mine!

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