Here’s the main thing to remember… everyone was a beginner once! I’ve put together a list of 10 Gym Tips For Beginners that I wish I’d read before I started going to the gym. These should also help if you’re wondering how to train alone too, as I know going to the gym on your own can be daunting – but I’m here to tell you it’s not that bad once you get into it! And hopefully these tips can help you do just that.
Now, I have also done a video on this on my YouTube Channel where I shared 10 tips, so save this link for later if you want more:
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1. Be Confident (or fake it til you make it!)
No one will know the difference, I promise. Walk into that gym like you own it and like you’ve been going your whole life. Also, no one really pays that much attention to anyone else in the gym, so you don’t need to worry.
2. Have a Plan (and a back up)
Don’t go in blind! Always go to the gym with a plan, even if it’s just a few exercises you know you want to include in your session. This might be something you’ve written yourself, or gotten from a trainer or the internet, there are tonnes of free guides/workouts out there, just be mindful about who you’re taking advice from.
And I say have a back up plan too, incase the leg press is broken, or the gym is busier than you anticipated and you have to find an alternative (for example, you could decide to do kettlebell squats if there aren’t many dumbbells available.
3. Get a PT/ Online Coach
This isn’t essential, but can help you get started if you don’t know what you’re doing, or just to give your motivation a boost. If you’re brand new to the gym and have no idea of the difference between a barbell and a dumbbell, I recommend getting a personal trainer at your gym who can show you everything in person, teach you the correct technique and make sure you’re not going to hurt yourself while teaching you the basics of training in the gym.
If you have a vague idea already, then you could get an online coach instead, who you can work with remotely.
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4. Use Instagram and YouTube To Your Advantage
Instagram and YouTube are amazing tools for fitness! There is so much information out there that you can use to your advantage. Find workouts to follow, science based explanations about the best workouts and everything in between! Again, be careful with who you’re consuming this content from – before following someone’s workout they’ve posted on the gram I definitely recommend checking they are qualified/certified!
5. Find Online Communities
Online communities in fitness is definitely what has fuelled my love for training and kept me motivated over the past few years. After getting my PT qualification, I started following like-minded gals on instagram and created my own fitness account which has blossomed since then, but along the way I’ve met some amazing people who have kept me going on my fitness journey! And without them, I also wouldn’t have become an online coach.
So if you’re just starting your fitness journey, I highly recommend making a fitness page and following others going through the same – it’s so motivating!
You can also search Twitter and YouTube for people on their own fitness journey.
I hope these tips were helpful – I think as a beginner in the gym the main thing to remember is to start slowly and build yourself up – especially when it comes to weight training. Get your form right first, and then increase the load! Filming yourself can be another great resource to make sure you’re doing exercises correctly.
If you can’t afford a PT/Coach, there are also a number of amazing fitness apps out there, some better than others of course, but are a great alternative to paying for a professional. Read what I thought about Grace Beverley’s Shreddy App here.
Finally, remember to find what works for YOU!! As amazing a tool social media can be, it can be overwhelming having to search through so much information. And just because something works for one person you follow, doesn’t mean it will work for you. If you don’t enjoy it, find something else! Don’t be afraid to try new things!
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