I used to be a gym rat. I went 5-6 days a week religiously. I went to a dumpy little cave of a gym that I grew up going to. Its where my parents went from the time I was little. I knew every machine, every dumbbell, and the routines of most of the other regulars. It was my territory – I felt like I owned the place. Then one day my gym shut down and I had to find a new one. Great, I thought, I’ll pick up right where I left off. Wrong. Going to a new gym felt like starting from scratch. Sure, I knew how to exercise but being in a new place was uncomfortable. It had different equipment, a different layout, a different mentality, and I didn’t like it…at first.
After a few months, though, it became MY gym.
Because I went outside my comfort zone, tried new things, stuck with it, and made it my gym.
Likewise, you need to make it YOUR gym. Here’s how…
Starting a new workout routine is hard – whether at home or at the gym. The gym can be an intimidating place for many people – a lot of equipment, a lot of people, a lot of activity. It seems you have to know what you’re doing to fit in. Maybe this is why so many of us sign up for gym memberships early in the year as part of a Resolution, but fail at keeping up with the workouts.
Has this happened to you?
It’s easy to get discouraged at the gym, isn’t it? Everyone there seems to be in really good shape and have their workouts dialed in. It often seems like some gym-goers can be downright rude at times. No one has the time or patience to allow space for a newbie.
Rather than dreading the thought of getting started at the gym, I’m here to give you some pointers to get you ready to be on top of things before you step foot in the door and start working out…
Are you thinking about signing up for a gym membership in 2017 as part of your New Year’s Resolution? That’s great! But guess what? So are about a hundred million other people. You are going to get there and be so overwhelmed you won’t know which way to turn – except toward the exit. Don’t get me wrong, January 1 is a great time to sign up for a gym – you’ll get the best deal, for sure. But, it’s also the worst time to actually exercise at the gym. You’ll find yourself standing in line for 20 minutes just to get on a treadmill. So take my advice – sign up for the New Year’s Special, but then freeze your gym membership until February.
That’s right – most gyms will allow you to freeze your membership for a designated amount of time. Once January comes to an end, about 50% of the new members will stop going regularly. That means that you will have room to breathe – and, more importantly, room to work out!
“But wait!” you ask. “I’m motivated to start working out now, I want to get started!”
I’m so glad. Because now is the perfect time to get started – even before you touch a machine or weight.
You need to get your body prepared for battle. Most people start working out without preparing first and one of two things tends to happen. They either get so fatigued and sore that they give up, or worse, they get injured.
Don’t let either of these scenarios happen to you. Here’s what you can do instead…