Not so long ago I was a complete gym phob. I even got myself ready for the gym once, drove there, got out of my car and walked to the door to find it was really busy and I completely chickened out and went home. When you’re new to the fitness thing the thought of the gym is incredibly daunting and I was no exception to this. Fast forward six months and I now love going to the gym. So I thought that I would share some of the things that I did to try make it a bit less daunting even for the fitness phob like me.
Research is key
Before starting at the gym I would suggest doing a little bit of research. I use Pinterest and YouTube for this. Literally if you type in on Pinterest ‘gym workout’ it will come up with a complete workout you can follow. Once you’ve learnt a bit more you can start to adapt them and maybe add things in. I like to pick my favourite moves from several workouts on Pinterest. YouTube is also really good for information. There are so many Fitness Professionals that make workout videos you can follow along with or simply just take some inspiration from. This leads on to my next point…
Plan your workout before you go the gym
After you’ve done your research, try write down or have in your head exactly what you’re going to do. Before I go to the gym I like to have an idea what area of the body I’m going to be working out, what exercises I am going to do and what machines I am going to use. This makes you feel a bit less lost when you’re there surrounded by everyone that seems like they know what they’re doing (even though I’m sure not all of them do). Don’t be afraid to try things out and change up your plan. Just do what feels right for you.
Watch others (and ask questions if you’re brave enough?)
So you’ve finally managed to get your backside down the gym but you are feeling completely lost. First things first, well done you for stepping out of your comfort zone and getting there, that is the first (and possibly biggest) step. Second, don’t be afraid now to watch other people as they workout to get an idea of how to use the machines, what exercises to do etc etc. This is how I learnt to use a lot of the machines at my gym because to be honest with you, I had no clue what I was doing! If you’re brave enough ask them what they’re doing or how to use a machine. I know it sounds really daunting but you’ll find that most people will be more than happy to help you. Or ask someone that works there to show you the ropes and maybe even design you an exercise plan.
Find some nice gym wear
One of the things I love the most is going to the gym with a brand new gym kit on. Sounds crazy but it really does motivate you to get up and moving knowing that you’ve got a really cute outfit to wear. Pink Soda do some lovely pieces, their gym wear is my absolute favourite, I would definitely recommend having a nosey.
Remember that everyone started somewhere
This is a really big one for me. When you’re on the treadmill feeling like you are actually going to spontaneously combust and the woman next to you hasn’t even broken into a sweat, remember that she probably once was in the exact same position as you are. I love the quote “Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20” because it is so true. If you compare yourself at the beginning of your fitness journey to someone else that has been on it for years, you’re always going to feel rubbish and quite frankly like giving up. Just remember that everyone in that gym would’ve started the same way you have at some point and instead use this as motivation rather than something to beat yourself up about.
So last but not least and certainly the most important is just start. Stop telling yourself you’ll start Monday or you’ve had a really rubbish food day today so you’ll go to the gym tomorrow. There is no better time than now. I can guarantee that you will feel so much better for it.
Well they are all of my tips for starting at the gym. I really hope this has motivated you to start at the gym even if it does feel like the most daunting thing in the world. If I can do it then I truly believe anyone can!
Do you have any tips for starting at the gym? If you do feel free to leave them in the comments down below.
Lots of love, Beth x