So you’ve decided to take your fitness journey to the next level by getting a gym membership. First off, congratulations! But if you’re a gym newbie then there’s probably a few things you need to know before heading to the gym.
I know the gym can be an intimidating place, especially when you’re surrounded by people who know what they’re doing. But your gym experience doesn’t have to end there. So here are the top gym tips for beginners looking to take their fitness journey to the next level.
1. Push Beyond The Intimidation
Even if you are intimidated, you just have to push beyond it and go for it. Once you get into the habit of going, that initial fear will melt away. In fact, you will likely feel more inspired and motivated to workout once you see all the other gym goers who are pushing their limits.
But what if you get to the gym and don’t know how to use a certain piece of equipment? After all, if it’s your first time using a particular machine it can be a bit confusing. Thankfully, there are many different ways to figure out how to properly use a machine. One way is to simply get on the machine and start doing something. In many cases you’ll figure it out after a couple minutes.
Another option is to simply google it or look up a YouTube video. And if all else fails, you can ask a trainer to give you a quick tutorial on properly using the machine in question.
2. “Work In” as you Work Out
Working in” means letting someone else use a piece of equipment while you rest between sets. If you see someone using a machine you were hoping to use, just ask if you can workout with them.
Just be sure you both are doing the same exercise. Trying to work in on the squat rack to do squats while the other person is doing deadlifts can be too time-consuming.
3. Gym Etiquette
It’s important to remember that you should be respectful and practice good manners at the gym. Knowing the unwritten rules of the land will not only make you feel more confident, but save you from getting the kind of look that might unnecessarily make the gym feel like an unfriendly place.
So remember to wipe down the machines, don’t be a machine hog, and make sure not to leave free weights or other equipment lying on the floor.
4. Find Some Space
If you’re doing dynamic moves like jumping lunges, kettlebell swings, jump rope, etc. find an out-of-the-way space. Don’t do these types of exercises in the middle of the gym. Instead, find a place like an empty classroom to do these types of exercises.
The bottom line is that you should be mindful of people’s personal space. Keep a comfortable distance between you and others for any move or stretch you want to do, or else wait for a clear space to open up. Basically, be polite and practice proper gym etiquette.
The Gym Tips for Beginners Takeaway
So while the gym can be an intimidating place at first, it doesn’t have to be. Just remember to practice proper etiquette and push beyond that initial fear.