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Gym tips for newbies

07th September 2016

Joining a gym for the first time can be a daunting experience - the thought of walking into a building full of taut, toned athletic gods can be enough to make you turn right around and go back to bed. But all you need to remember is that everyone has a first day at the gym and unless they’re the result of some freaky science experiment, they didn’t look like they do now when they first joined!

To help give you that extra push to get through those shiny, revolving doors, we’ve put together some tips on how to survive as a gym newbie!

Set goals
You need to think about why you are joining the gym. Is it to lose weight, tone up or simply to chase away the stresses form work? Be sure of your goals and stick to them. Having a clear purpose will keep you focused and help you reach the stars. It also puts you way ahead of the people who ‘go to the gym’ purely to be seen and to create content for their Snapchat story.

Gym fear
Don’t worry, everyone has gym fear on their first day. You may be afraid you’ll look weak or like you don’t have a clue what you’re doing, but fear not you will soon realise that everyone else in the gym will either respect you for being at the gym and making a change or they’ll be too occupied pouting in the mirror flexing their muscles to notice what little old you is doing. Before you know it you’ll be strutting around like you own the place.

Learn the ropes
If you’ve never been to a gym before or you’re joining a new one, it’s definitely a good idea to have an induction with a personal trainer. This will teach you how to use the equipment properly to save you from injuring yourself or more embarrassingly, being launched off the back of a treadmill because you accidentally programmed it too fast!

Follow gym etiquette
From yoga to spin to circuits, there is no right or wrong way to get into shape. In fact whatever it takes to break sweat right? But let’s not leave that sweat over all the place. When it comes to the gym, there are a few important rules that everyone should follow. Be sure to swot up on gym etiquette to avoid becoming ‘that guy’ who leaves a trail of sweat wherever he goes, drops the weights like hotcakes and hogs the mirror to perfect his best Blue Steel impression.

Find a gym buddy
Theres nothing more motivating than teaming up with a friend who has the same goals as you. You’ll both bounce off each other and they can give you that slap around the face when you feel like giving up. And if you fancy the classes, it’s a lot more fun and far less daunting to try and master those ridiculous Zumba steps with a friend.

Come equipped
Being fully prepared will allow you to blend in and give the impression you’re an old hand at this gym malarky rather than looking like a rabbit in headlights. Be sure to bring water to stay hydrated and a towel to dab your brow and lay down on any mats or equipment you use. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a back catalogue installed in your brain, bring your iPod so you can listen to your favourite jams whilst smashing out a few miles on the treadmill. It will also make your workout go so much quicker.

Don’t overdo it
You might feel compelled to try out every single bit of equipment on your first day - don’t. Take it steady whilst you get your bearings and definitely listen to your body, there’s no rush. The last thing you want to do is wake up the next day feeling so sore you can barely lift your arms high enough to drink your coffee.

You’re all set - now go out there and show us what you’re made of. Good luck!