If you’re new to the gym, it can seem really intimidating and it’s hard to know where to start. Now that you’ve spent a lot of money on membership, it’s important to get over your fears and make the most from your gym. These tips will make it easier to start going to the gym.
Set Realistic Goals
When you’re new to working out, you shouldn’t expect to be able to automatically run a mile or lift a lot of weight. Set goals you can keep that are small and manageable with a larger goal in mind.
Work With a Personal Trainer
Many gyms have free training sessions to new members to work with a personal trainer. Trainers can create programs targeted at your fitness level and they’ll show you how to use the equipment.
Invite a Friend
Grab a friend and use a guest pass, to make your first time at the gym less intimidating. They can lift weights with you, run on the treadmill next to you, or join you in a group class.
Try a Group Fitness Class
Group fitness classes are a great way to meet new people, try out new exercises, and spice up your workouts.
Use Incentives to Stay Motivated
Some gyms have saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms, and spas, so use these as a way to reward yourself following a gym session. If you’re gym doesn’t have these amenities, you can come up with rewards on your own like treating yourself to a manicure or eating at your favorite restaurant.