Walking into the gym as a newbie can be daunting. It's hard to know what to do first, run on the treadmill? Hit the cardio machines or sign up for a program?
When you step into the gym, relax and take a deep breath. It is normal to get intimidated by the new environment, by the people around you who seem to know everything!
But if there's one thing you should not do is do not quit. Do not get discouraged. Do not get embarrassed and do not get overwhelmed. What you feel right now is normal.
Here are few tips to get you started so you will conquer your fitness goals.
1. Take a deep breath and slow down.
When you hit the gym for the first time, you often find yourself wanting to do A LOT. Instead of doing that 45 minute workout, do less of it. You will find yourself sore and tired. Lift smaller weights. Your whole body needs to adapt to the new routine and the stress! Slow down and be careful as you may injure yourself too.
Choose a moderate exercise routine and do it for a couple of days until your body gets used to it and from there take it a new level like taking on a trainer and start with the gym's program.
2. Educate yourself with the basics
When you enter the gym as a newbie, you will get overwhelmed with what's going on around you. You will see some guy doing massive lifts with enourmous dumbbells or a lady going power yoga moves! It can get overwhelming and intimidating. But don't let it get into you. Remember, they were newbies too before.
What you can do is educate yourself. What do you want achieve in the gym? If you're aiming for strength training, read about it. Layout your mission on the first week as what you want achieve but at the same time not overwhelming yourself. Start slow - do squats, lunges, planks. Then from there once your body is used to it, do more difficult ones like pull-ups, overhead press and so on.
There are so many things you can do at the gym but master the basics first. Get good at it because it works. And if you need further help, don't hesitate to take on a trainer who can help you out master them at the same time, you won't get shy going into the gym with your trainer!