Top 10 tips for going to the gym!
Training: Top 10 Tips For Going To The Gym
The thought of starting at a gym can be quite a daunting idea and, sometimes, is enough to put people off, which is why at UK Gym Equipment we have put together some tips and advice to make your early days at the gym a little bit easier and to give you a bit more confidence to go that extra mile to hit your target weight or fitness level.
Correctly utilise your induction - All gyms will require you to have a gym induction to show you around the different machines and weights and to demonstrate the correct way to use them. Make sure you pay attention and take note of everything you are told, you will be thankful for it later.
Don’t be embarrassed – Going to the gym can make a lot of people feel self-conscious, please don’t let it! You have gone to the gym to make a difference and improve your quality of life, there is nothing embarrassing about that and is something you should be proud of. If you are still worried try and remember that everyone else in the gym is far more focused on what they are doing to take any notice of you. Everyone there will, at some point, have been in the exact same position as you are now so don’t worry, just relax, enjoy the experience, and try to imagine how much more confident you will feel once you hit your target.
Don’t be afraid to ask – If you are unsure how to properly operate a machine or whether your technique is correct then don’t be scared to ask a member of staff, it’s their job to help you and is a much better option that doing something incorrectly and giving yourself an injury.
Don’t forget to take a drink – This may seem like an obvious tip but you would be surprised how many people forget to take a drink with them to the gym, water, sports drinks or fruit juices are all a good choice to provide you with hydration at the gym.
Fuel yourself properly – Timing your pre-workout snacks correctly is extremely important if you want a successful gym session. If you are too full you could end up with stomach cramps and if your too hungry you won’t be able to perform your best. Try and make sure any snacks are eaten between 30 and 90 minutes prior to your exercise and try make sure that your snacks are mostly in the carbohydrate food group as these food items tend to be easier to digest. It is also advised that you try and keep fibre content to a minimum as these foods can prove difficult to digest.
Avoid peak times – It doesn’t take a lot for a gym to get crowded so to achieve a good workout try and avoid peak times such as before work, lunch time and after work. If you can hold off until after 7pm most of the crowd will have disappeared just make sure that you have a fuelling snack at around 5:30 pm to keep you going. Mid-morning or mid-afternoon is also a really good time to attend the gym if you are looking to avoid big crowds.
Make use of the classes – A lot of gyms offer free classes as part of your gym membership and are a great way to improve your strength and fitness so make the most of them.
Start off small and work up – No one is expecting you to start the gym and be a pro straight away. It is important that you start off slowly and work your way up, building up strength and fitness levels is a marathon, not a sprint, and doing too much too soon can result in injury.
Know your goal – It is always advisable to have a target in place as this will give you something to work towards and will also allow you to tailor your gym routine to suit you. Discuss your target with the gym staff members and they will be able to point you in the right direction of which machines/weights you should be using to get to where you want to be.
Wear the right clothing/footwear – Wearing the incorrect clothing/footwear can hinder your workout more than you would realise. Make sure you wear clothing and footwear that is comfortable and practical. Wear light and loose fitting clothing that allows for easy movement and invest in some footwear that has been designed to provide stability and protection for your feet, running shoes are always a good choice.
We hope that these tips will help give you the advice you need to ensure a successful visit to the gym, however if you think a private home gym would be more suitable for you why not take a look at our range of used and refurbished gym equipment that would be the perfect addition to your workout.