Never Been To A Gym Before?
So over the next few weeks you may want to start and look for a gym to train at.
Now this can be a very daunting and intimidating idea for you. If so – I want to calm your nerves a little bit
If you’ve never been to a place of fitness before I imagine it would be very easy to form an idea of what to expect based on what you’ve seen on TV, Films, social media, heard people talk about or general advertisement from gyms themselves.
Well the first thing that I want to say is that there as many different types of “gyms” as their are types of people who train.
What I mean is if you want to go to a relaxed gym with chilled people and chart music then I’m sure there will be one near by.
Also, if you want to go to a Powerlifting gym where people scream, lift gargantuan amounts of weight and listen to very VERY heavy metal, again you’ll be happy to know that there will be one around the corner (or a short drive away).
One thing you can be pretty damn sure of is that there will be a CrossFit ‘box’ (just a different word for gym – it’s not actually a box) where you can go and push yourself to an insane level of conditioning with a good variety of strength training in there too – the coaching is the best part of it for me (IF the coach is up to scratch)
But whatever ‘type’ of gym yo decide (or just happen to fall into) go to then remember a few key things;
- The membership cost might not directly correlate to what you get
- A coach is worth a lot (IF they know what they’re on about)
- What equipment do they have? Does it fit your needs and goals?
- Some gyms will push you into a membership for 12-24 months – please be careful with this one – you don’t want things to turn nasty
So what should you actually look for in a gym?
Well what do you want to get out of it?
Olympic Weightlifting skills?
A better physique?
If you want a lot of thing then suppose you either need to be willing to pay for a decent sided membership, travel or look around before you buy.
For me I get talking to people at my local 24 hour franchise gym. It has lots of good equipment, it’s open all the time (literally) and, for the most part – no wan**rs Bravo!!
So realize that everyone that goes to the gym will mainly be going for the exact same reason as you – to change how they look, feel & perform.
You might be pleasantly surprised to know that 99% of gyms aren’t like Globo-Gym fro Dodge-ball!
And if all else fails and you REALLY can’t hack being in a public place while being sweaty and gasping for air, try going when its quieter, at night, go with a friend or exercise at home
I personally love a gym – it’s an escape from everything else and being there just seems to make time fly by – plus you look great naked if you know what you’re doing 😉
Hope this helps Guys & Gals