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How to Start Going to a Gym: Simple Rules for Beginners

How to Start Going to a Gym

Millions of people avoid going to the gym because of all kinds of fears. To the uninitiated, the place can seem rather unfriendly – it’s full of trim narcissists who aren’t going to welcome anyone who doesn’t meet their strict standards.

If you still haven’t started working out because you feel uncomfortable or insecure, read this article. Perhaps our tips will help you cope with your fear.

Remember That Most Likely No One Is Judging You

Most visitors to the gym don’t care about you. That big guy in the squat rack isn’t looking at you, thinking you’re weak. No, he’s too focused on himself to think about anyone else at all. Accept the fact that you are much more invisible in the gym than you think. So don’t be afraid to go out there and do your thing – even if you’re a beginner.

Understand That Regulars Are Nicer Than They Look

Most experienced jocks are usually willing to lend a helping hand to a newbie. Yes, despite looking menacing, many of these guys are actually quite friendly and like to teach others how to lift weights almost as much as they enjoy lifting them themselves! If you ask pertinent questions and demonstrate a willingness to learn, it will only earn you respect.

Stick to a Plan

Without a clear plan, the gym can seem pretty complicated. All those weight machines, dumbbells and barbells – where do you start? To avoid this worry, come to the gym with an understanding of what you will be doing in that workout. The more detailed the plan, the better.

There Is No Perfect Time to Work out

Everyone likes to work out at different times, and a lot of that obviously depends on the schedule. However, if the gym intimidates you, you can try going during off-peak hours when there are far fewer people. Mornings are perfect for this. Not only are there usually fewer people in the gym than at other times, but morning attendees tend to be more focused on just themselves and their workout. So if you like betting at at 12 pm, put off this activity for the weekends to go to bed earlier and wake up more motivated.

Listen to Music

When you put on motivational music, it’s as if you’re entering your own little world. It helps get you in the right frame of mind and less distracted by what’s going on around you.

Train With a Coach

Personal trainers aren’t necessary for everyone, but if the prospect of going to the gym scares you, an instructor may be just what you need to start forming that new habit. He or she will be there to guide you, show you how things work, and motivate you to make you feel much more comfortable.

Practice With a Friend

If you don’t want to seek help from a trainer, consider working out with a friend. This will provide that sense of camaraderie that will make the gym less intimidating and more welcoming. Even better if you go with a friend who already works out regularly.

Questions Beginners Ask

What Should Beginners Do if They Have Health Concerns?

If you have any concerns about your health, or if you think there are any reasons why you should not start working out, we recommend that you see a doctor beforehand to discuss your concerns.

What Should a Beginner Wear to the Gym?

You don’t need to wear the latest sneakers or workout gear to hit the gym – just make sure your clothes are comfortable for working out. And by the way, one of the mistakes beginners make is that they don’t always take a change of clothes with them if they aren’t going home after the gym. So think carefully about what you will change into after your workout.

What Should I Take to the Gym With Me for the First Time?

Be sure to take a bottle of water with you, this advice will be useful not only for beginners who go to the gym for the first time. Also, do not forget to bring a towel: it is not only hygienic but also respectful to the person who will use the equipment after you.

Are There Any Rules in the Gym?

The first commandment of the gym, which should be observed by both beginners and “pros”: after completing the exercise, clean up the equipment behind you and put the barbells and dumbbells back. Of course, there are other rules, some of which you can read here.

What Time is Better to Come to the Training for Beginners?

It’s important to choose your times wisely. Peak times in urban gyms are usually in the early morning and evening. If you plan to take a group class, it’s best to arrive 10-15 minutes early to get a seat, especially if you know that this class or trainer is popular.

What if I’m a Beginner and Have No Idea What to Do in the Gym?

It’s okay if it’s your first time at the gym and you’re not sure how to use the equipment. In many clubs you can get an initial briefing, during which the trainer will introduce you to the equipment, basic exercises and safety precautions. Take advantage of this opportunity.

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