With all the restrictions in 2020, we didn’t have as much human contact as we used to have in previous years. That’s why most people have skipped the part of the year when they work out and prepare their bodies for summer. Well, we have fewer restrictions now, and it’s time to get yourself back in shape. The easiest way to do that is, of course, joining the gym. If you are about to start going to the gym for the first time, don’t worry. This guide will help you learn how to begin and what to do at the gym.
What Should You Bring
Working out in a gym requires proper clothing, so make sure you don’t show up on your first day wearing jeans and a button-down shirt. Guys tend to wear shorts and a comfortable t-shirt, while girls mostly prefer leggings with a t-shirt or a sports bra. It’s recommended you bring a towel with you, as well. A lot of gyms request all members to put down a towel before lying down on a bench or using a machine. Hygiene is important, so do your part and carry a towel with you. If you plan on working out alone, it’s best to have earphones so you can listen to music or a podcast. While listening to something, it will be easier to work out as you’ll be able to let go of all distractions and focus. Most modern gym clothes have pockets for your iPod or a phone, so you won’t have a problem with carrying it around. A water bottle is another necessity. Working out makes you sweat, so you are going to need to recover some of the lost fluids by drinking water. One more thing you might need is a lock for your clothes, gym bag, and other personal items. Most gyms don’t have locks on their lockers, so bring your own, and protect your stuff while you are working out.
Set up Payment in Advance
Bringing cash to pay for your membership might be too much of a hassle, even if it’s once a month. Technology today allows us to make payments electronically, and that’s why our advice is to pay with eChecks. That way, the right amount of money will be taken out of your account every month via eCheck, and you don’t have to worry whether your membership had ended or not. With one thing less to worry about, it’s going to be easier to focus on your workouts.
Share Your Goals and Take Notes
The best way to keep working out is by creating accountability. Tell someone you don’t wish to drop your plans, and hopefully, it makes you hit the gym as often as you had hoped. When that doesn’t work, some people opt for more radical solutions. You can post your goals and progress images on social networks. When you present your goals publically, you have more eyes on you and your progress. One more thing that can help you reach your goals is keeping track of what you are doing and how far along you’ve come. Do that by writing down your workouts, weight, and measurements regularly. Be as detailed as possible when it comes to this, record sets, reps, and the loads you’re lifting. Everything matters. Don’t make the typical mistake of just stepping on a scale. Your progress may show in different areas, as long as you are working on yourself, it’s going to be visible somewhere.
Start Slowly and Don’t Get Discouraged
One mistake most people make when they start to work out is that their expectations are too big. You always see those 1-month transformation photos online and think that’s how it’s going to go with you as well. Guess what? Most of those are fake. That’s why it is best not to expose yourself to that kind of content. Try to use social networks for motivation, not discouragement. Your main goal is to start and work slowly from there. Once you are going to the gym regularly, progress is imminent, but don’t expect it to be as fast as some people present it online.