Weakness is a relative term. We tend to think of weakness in comparison to other people. For instance, I am weaker than ‘The Rock’ (first person who came to my mind). But what about weakness of certain muscles in your own body relative to others? There are several important groups of muscles that tend to be weak in many people.
Maybe you’ve been neglecting to strengthen some of the weakest areas of your body without even knowing it…
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…