Are you deciding to take the plunge to start getting healthy and into shape? It can be intimidating as a newbie entering the gym. Unfortunately, intimidation and the fear of being judged are some of the main reasons why people take so long to get their asses into a gym. If you have decided to change your life or maybe you still need a little push hopefully these tips can help give you some guidance:
1) Don’t be intimidated – Easier said than done, but everyone (even the girl with the bubble bum and abs) started somewhere. Don’t be ashamed. One day the new girl/guy will be looking at you wishing they knew what you knew and were in as good shape as you. So keep going, each time you go you will get more confident and closer to your goal.
2) Have a plan – Don’t just arrive at the gym and hope that you will magically know what to do and how to do it. Hiring a coach is a good idea. They can give you the confidence and help guide you while you try and achieve your goals. Whether you have a trainer or not, have a plan before you arrive at the gym. Youtube videos are great for mastering your technique. To this day after 2.5 years of serious lifting I still check out some videos before I go to workout to make sure that my form is in check.
3) Don’t expect results overnight – I am the biggest culprit for lifting up my top looking for my non existent 6 pack after eating a salad. It takes time, so don’t be discouraged if you aren’t seeing the results right away. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. This holds true for every successful athlete, bodybuilder and fitness model out there.
4) Find a gym buddy – Find someone who is looking to achieve a similar goal as you and kick ass together. You will be less intimidated in the gym at the start if you have a friend. Not to mention, you guys can push each other to go the the gym even when you don’t feel like it, or to eat that salad instead of that pizza. This will also hold you accountable.
5) Girls, don’t be afraid of getting bulky – It isn’t as easy as you think to get ‘bulky’. As females, we don’t have the same hormone or body structure as men, this makes it extremely difficult to get ‘bulky’. So stop worrying about getting ‘big’ and embrace lifting weights and try to maintain a balanced diet. This way you will optimise your chances of achieving your goal. You will thank me later when your results are a lot better than your friend on the treadmill.
These are only some of the tips that I think are important for beginners who are starting to go to the gym or who are starting to take exercise more seriously. They are centred around the gym, but maybe the gym isn’t for you. Maybe you want to start pilates, boxing or jogging. No matter what you are doing, taking the first step is always the hardest so hopefully these tips can help you no matter what type of physical activity you want to try.
The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy your journey to becoming a healthier and fitter version of yourself.
The Girl on the Go xx