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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).

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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)

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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?

Pure strength?
Olympic Weightlifting skills?
Increased mobility?
A better physique?
Community/social aspects?

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

 

Speak Soon

 

 

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Shaking It Up

Recently I’ve been working serious overtime.

I haven’t been hitting my training as often and consistently as I would have liked to and as a result of this I felt slow, weak and tired. Normally I train three times per week with a Chest, Shoulders & Triceps on day 1 (Mon/Tue). Back & Biceps Day 2 (Wed/Thur) & Legs on day 3 (Fri/Sat).

Looking back and reflecting on why I think my training dedication started to lag was the fact that I hadn’t changed what I was doing in about 3/4 months.

I had no variety, nothing to look forward to doing, I stopped chasing numbers and Setting goals.

I let myself get bored with my training to be honest and it resulted in me really not feeling hungry enough to get myself to the gym when I knew I should.

I haven’t trained properly in about 3 weeks now and this past week I’ve been trying a new way of doing things!

For the best part of this year I’ve stuck to this Bodybuilding style routine and I’ve seen some really good strength/muscle gains. Over the past 3 weeks however I’ve struggled to find the energy to train my body parts as a split routine. So I’ve switched to more of a power/athletic full body routine.

The Result?

I feel ALIVE again!!

My energy has come back and I’m hungry to train my ass off and get my numbers up.

I’m following a basic power based plan (lots of cleans, box jumps, sprints, squats) Then following up with some strength work (Deadlifts, presses, rows) then accessioning like a bodybuilder to keep imbalances away and muscle shape as well.

So what I want to tell you is its not only important to vary how you train (different sets/rep combinations) to stimulate your muscles in different ways to continue with progress. But also for your own sanity, enjoyment and experiences you should (in my opinion) change what you do too. Try doing an olympic weight cycle, try using Strongman equipment, incorporate different training methods into your routine and see what works and what doesn’t.

My bet that introducing something completely different into your training will force your body to adapt to it after a few weeks and the results from this (my guess) would be that your performance will improve in what you originally were doing.

Plus I find that training more of a full body routine every now and then really helps with the ball ache of having super bad muscle soreness for a few days that restricts your movement and more important, your sitting down abilities after leg day!!

So have a go at something new! (Like Atlas Stones :D)

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Don’t be afraid to learn something new and step out of your comfort zone! It might actually help you with your main sport/activity.

Speak Soon

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