How To Not Look Like A Beginner At The Gym

By Ryan Bologna

Do you want to work out at the gym, but not know where to start? That is the case for a lot of people. It can be overwhelming when trying to figure out a plan that works for you. The last thing anyone wants to do is be the person who looks like they have no idea what they’re doing while working out. Here is everything you need to know before you start going to the gym.

Have The Right Materials

Clothes, headphones, shoes, and everything in between. You want to be comfortable when you work out, so make sure you are wearing clothes that are breathable and aren’t restrictive. That way when you start to work up a sweat, you will be more likely to achieve what you set out to do.

Headphones are important to have. Whether it is listening to your favorite playlist or audio instruction, it is much easier to get yourself energized for your workout when you have something to listen to.

Proper footwear is arguably the most important item you need, especially if you are planning on doing some running. Everyone’s foot is different so make sure you have the proper size and model of shoe for your foot. Some people think that shoes with a lot of arch support is the way to go, but that is not the case. If you don’t have as much of a pronounced arch, find a different shoe. Websites and employees in shoe stores will likely be able to answer your questions. If you do your research, you will not have a problem finding a shoe that provides you with the most comfort.

Make Specific Goals

Aimlessly going to the gym without a specific goal in mind will set you up for failure. It will leave you wondering what you should do on a given day, and when you run out of ideas you will just be tempted to leave. Writing a checklist could be a good way to go about it. Researching online or talking to a trainer to formulate a plan can help you make specific and achievable goals.

Follow Gym Etiquette

Before going to a gym, you should know the rules of the gym and general etiquette. If you are supposed to wipe down surfaces after use, do it. Don’t hover over people waiting for your turn to use something. You’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Knowing the rules and general gym etiquette will make everyone’s day easier.

Know Your Why

Knowing your reason for going to the gym is the most important part when it comes to the mental battle. It will be the foundation for setting your goals and the reason you maintain motivation for the long term. Regular gym goers usually complain about how crowded it gets in January because of people who have new years resolutions. Those people usually aren’t going to the gym by March. Don’t be one of them. Have a good reason. Whether it’s for your own health, you want to raise your self-esteem, or you just want to look good, keep that reason at the front of your mind. Without that, you are bound to fall off.

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