Choosing Your First Workout Gym and What You Should Expect
Remember, every journey starts with a beginning, and in terms of health and fitness, this statement is more relevant than ever. When you see super-ripped, super-fit, and super-healthy individuals working out in the gym, obviously they’re seasoned veterans who have been training for a long time, and who knows exactly what they’re doing. However, back in the day, they will have been novices and would have had to step foot into a gym for the very first time.
If you’re looking to improve your body, your health, your fitness, and your life in general, working out at a gym could be one of the most positive and beneficial steps in your life that you will ever take. However, choosing the right gym to train at is much easier said than done. If you’re looking for a gym to workout at, here’s a look at what to expect, and how to find your ideal gym.
What to expect when joining a new gym
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been in a gym before, or if you’re simply moving to a new gym, there will be a number of things to expect before you get started. To begin with, some gyms can be busier than others, especially during peak times i.e. around 5pm – 7pm, when people are just getting off work. Not only that, but some pieces of equipment may be difficult to use, and you may not be sure of what to do at first. If this applies to you, then don’t be afraid to ask for help. Also, membership fees may be different to what you were paying before, as might travel times, so again, just bear that in mind.
How to choose your ideal workout gym
Now that you know more about what to expect, let’s now take a look at how to choose your ideal workout gym:
#1. Don’t let money be the deciding factor
Although money and pricing is very important, if you find a gym that you really like the look and feel of, don’t let money put you off if it is slightly more expensive than another, far less desirable gym. When choosing a gym, in reality, as membership fees are competitive as gyms all want your custom, prices won’t be that different, so for that reason, you may wish to place pricing pretty far down on your list of priorities.
#2. Try to get to know the members
If for example, you’re a young woman looking for a new gym to train at, if you walk into a gym full of huge grunting bodybuilders, it doesn’t matter how friendly they are, and initially it may seem a little intimidating. If you’re not much of a people person, you may wish to look for quieter and more isolated gyms. On the flipside, some people thrive in loud and energetic environments, so you may wish to find a gym bustling with plenty of members.
#3. Look for equipment that will be beneficial to you
When exercising, different people will train with different goals and targets in mind. For example, some people wish to build muscle, whereas others wish to increase their strength. Some people want to burn fat, whilst others want to get fitter. When you look for a gym, look for a gym that contains plenty of machines and pieces of equipment that will be beneficial to you. For example, if you’re training to be a bodybuilder, a gym, kitted out from top to bottom with treadmills and exercise bikes may not be ideal, and vice versa for somebody trying to burn fat and get fit.
#4. Personal Trainer is not Always Necessary
There are many programs available in the internet and you can always to do it yourself without the help of a trainer. However, if you may not opt for a personal trainer, be sure to push yourself to religiously go to the gym and follow whatever the program you chose. Note that you must familiarize the terminologies and how to execute them. If you don’t know how to do it, you can always ask for help to anyone especially to a fitness trainer at the gym.
Overall, moving to a new gym can be daunting, especially if you’re inexperienced, but just remember, people are not there to judge, they’re there for the same reason as you, and they will support you and help, if you needed it. The main thing is to take your time, follow your heart, and find a gym that you feel comfortable in.