First steps to the gym

First steps to the gym

So you know you want to get fitter, and there is a handy nearby gym which won’t break the bank. All you need now is to get through the door! Following on from this popular article last week, here are some more handy tips for you gym newbies…

Which class shall I choose?

Gym classes have come a long way from the days when it was a choice of ‘aerobics or aerobics’. There are workouts for everyone, of any ability or age. Start with the gym’s website to see what is on at the times that suit you. Then give them a call or pay a visit to see if the class you like is suitable for your current fitness level.

How do I get started on the machines?

The huge range of fitness equipment can be utterly bewildering. Fear not: all gyms offer induction sessions to show you what to do. The staff will be only too happy to show you how to look after both yourself and their expensive equipment. Gym staff are by nature enthusiastic about fitness and keen to teach, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

 What kit do I need?

Most workouts need only a t-shirt and trousers or shorts, plus well-fitting trainers. Clothing should not be too loose, because the instructor needs to see your moves. Baggy clothes can also get stuck in machines. However there’s no need for skin-tight outfits if they make you feel uncomfortable. Remember to dress in layers and bring a small towel and a bottle of water into the studio. You’ll also need your shower gear and a change of clothes for later.

The great thing about the gym is its flexibility. You can do as much as you want and change classes as often as you like.

Why wait any longer? Book a gym pass today!

Comments

Sarah L.
5 March 2014

Sarah L.

the biggest message that should be put across is that 'unless you are instructor, no-one is looking!'. People need to concentrate on their own workouts. Anyone who is staring at and judging others is wasting their fitness time.

Sasha B.
4 March 2014

Sasha B.

It depends which class your doing too. If I'm doing bodypump I wear tight top and bottoms, but yoga class I wear much baggier clothes. I don't really care what I wear - I'm just glad I got myself in the habit of going!

Matthew C.
3 March 2014

Matthew C.

Good to see the advice on no baggy clothes at the gym. Lots of information you find on the internet says you can wear what want to exercise. And some idiots really do turn up with mega- loose clothing. Tight clothing, like it or not, is the safest and most sensible thing to wear.

James B.
1 March 2014

James B.

I'm going to print out this article and last week's one and post them on the fridge in the hope of inspiring my interested-but-intimidated girlfriend!

Mary C.
1 March 2014

Mary C.

Great to have a follow-on article from last week's one on tips for gym newbies. I'm going to pass these on to all my gym-shy friends out there and see if I can't get some enthusiasm going!

Tanya M.
28 February 2014

Tanya M.

I found it really hard to convince myself not to wear baggy clothes in the beginning but they did nothing but slow me down. It's true that no one is looking at you !

Emma C.
28 February 2014

Emma C.

It seems a long time ago since I was a gym newbie. Maybe it's a lot more daunting nowadays, but the gym instructors helped it to be really friendly. I think lots of people worry about what to wear, but people just wear all sorts, some top of the range, some just a t-shirt and bottoms.

Pete R.
28 February 2014

Pete R.

A lot of people make a big deal about starting out at the gym, but there's really nothing too it. There's no reason to be self conscious and anything to help with fitness is a good thing in my opinion

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