I often get contacted by new gym members who are worried about getting into the gym and> starting a training routine. They are scared to come into the gym and> have no idea where to start. If you feel like this, trust me I get it, I used to feel exactly the same. If you’ve read my story you’ll see I haven’t always been the gym bunny I am now. I used to hate the gym, I always felt self conscious and> so I never really stuck to a gym routine or specific programme. Yes things have changed now, I love the gym and> even the dreaded weights area! So here are my top tips to make it easier for you all, including some of the things I did to help me become the fitness freak I am today:
At Home -I initially started with at home workouts, following fitness videos with my own small weights. You can pick up some dumbbells or a Kettlebell quite cheaply and> just use these to build your confidence. There are loads of YouTube Channels out there you can follow with some great at home workouts. If you don’t already Subscribe to my channel there are some great workouts coming up on there over the next few weeks. Subscribe Here.
Book a PT Session – Some gyms will offer a free Personal Training Session when you first sign up so take advantage of this if you can, but even if they don’t it is definitely a worthwhile investment. Utilise their knowledge to show you bits of kit you are unsure of, check your technique and> show you the best exercises to help you reach your goals. I had a complimentary session with a Personal Trainer when I first joined the gym. They provided me with a programme I felt comfortable following which really helped me and> first sparked my passion for weight training.
Buddy Up – I initially started going to the gym with my boyfriend for support, we motivated each other to go and> entertained each other whilst we were there! Our jobs mean we don’t get to train with each other very often any more but I love it when we do. So if you can drag a friend along to the gym with you, this will half the fear factor and> make working out more fun!
Slowly does it – 3 times a week is enough for a beginner gym goer so don’t feel you need to go every day to get results. You can build up your weekly workouts as you get fitter and> more confident, not forgetting those rest days!! I would recommend starting with full body workouts, as you progress you can look into different workout splits. (There is a blog post coming in the future explaining more about work out splits, so look out for that!)
Light Weights – Yes you need to be working with a weight that challenges you but to begin with start light. You can always add weight but you risk injury if you start with a weight that is too much for you.
I hope this helps any of you guys contemplating joining the gym to take the plunge and> get in there! And don’t forget to tag me on social media @ode2fitness letting me know how you get on if you do venture to the gym for the first time!