Top tips for gym newbies

As a personal trainer I realise how daunting it can be for a gym newbie. Here are my top tips for how to get the most out of your membership.

  1. Book an induction. You wouldn’t walk into a factory and start messing about with the equipment without any training right? Be open to learning new things.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask. If you don’t know how to use a piece of equipment or are unsure about an exercise, ask a member of gym staff.
  3. Try not to be intimidated. The gym can be a daunting place when you first walk in, but remember, it’s your space as much as anyone else’s. Fitness is for everyone.
  4. Set yourself a goal and plan your workouts accordingly. Having something specific to focus on will help keep you motivated.
  5. Try classes. Try every class they have and see what works for you. Even if you don’t take them regularly, you might learn new exercises you can do by yourself.
  6. Get yourself a training buddy. Working out with a friend can do wonders for your motivation. Just make sure you don’t waste too much time chatting!
  7. Hire a personal trainer. Well I would say that wouldn’t I?! Get yourself some expert advice for when you first start out. Nab a good PT and you won’t regret it.

Matt is a fitness trainer, football freestyler and world record holder. For more advice connect with Matt on Twitter or Facebook.

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