Joining a gym will be exciting for you and your first three months at the gym can be a whirlwind of experiences. You will see a lot of different equipment and meet a plenty of people with different approaches to getting in shape. If this is your first time joining a gym you will have to get to know a completely different environment, while consistently working out in a way that will actually produce results.
Here are 3 tips for your first three months at the gym.
1. Use the Free or Discounted Personal Trainer Offers
Most gyms will offer you a free or discounted personal trainer session as part of your gym membership. Take advantage of this offer and use it right away..
The trainer will start by giving you a guided tour of all the different equipment in the gym and more importantly how to use the equipment correctly. This alone is worth the cost of the first months membership.
Then your personal trainer will ask what your goals are, what you hope to accomplish and discuss different workout options and eating tips to help get you there.
They may try to sell you a training package at the end of the hour. If you don’t want to sign up, no problem just let them know. They won’t be offended, they hear no every day.
However if you can afford the extra sessions with a trainer you will find them worth every penny. You will learn more in a month with a trainer than you will learn in a year of working out on your own.
2. Find a Workout Partner
Talk to the other people in the locker room, in the gym or after group classes. Make friends who share your goals for fitness.
Having friends to compare notes with, to train with and to share experiences can really help keep you motivated. Your workout will be more fun. More importantly you will also have a spotter for exercises like the bench press.
The most challenging part of developing a new gym habit is sticking with it for the first thirty days. Once you get in the habit of going to the gym, you can then spend your time and energy on building the perfect workout. In the beginning, though, just work on building the habit of going to the gym regularly.
3. Find a Class You Love To Do In The Gym
If going to the gym feels like work to you, chances are you won’t stay with it in the long run.
Instead of forcing yourself to do exercises you don’t like or to use unfamiliar equipment, try to find a class that you will enjoy in the gym.
Some gyms have a swimming pool, why not go for a swim and see if you like it? Almost every gym has kickboxing classes, yoga or dance classes and group cycling classes. These classes can be a break from lifting weights and running on the treadmill.
Once you find something you enjoy and you’ve gotten in the habit of going to the gym regularly, then you might consider doing something a little more challenging. But in the beginning, focus on finding something that you really enjoy and and will move you towards your fitness goal.
Joining a gym can change your entire life. I have made friendships that will last forever.
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