Being a new member of a gym can be just as nerve racking as being the new kid in school. Gym-idation is very common nowadays as many first-timers and veterans are trying to get their workout on. However, if you’ve faced your fear and coughed up some bucks for a membership this year, then be sure to read this first.
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You Are Not Alone
While January may be the most crowded time of the year in the gym, it is also the best time to make new friends. People who share a common goal and create interactions around that goal are more likely to succeed. So if you see that same guy week in and week out on the treadmill next to yours, strike up a conversation. It could be as simple as “Hey good to see you again!” Chances are he’s noticed your perfect attendance, too. The best part is that by opening up, you may find that he’s either a gym newbie, or, even better, a veteran that can show you the ropes.
Just because you decided to commit to a monthly contract doesn’t mean you have to know all the answers. The sign of a good gym experience is good customer service. Most facilities have trainers and experienced staff members available to answer any questions you may have, so don’t be afraid to ask away. Everybody has to start somewhere and acting all shy in the gym can lead to incorrect usage of the equipment, or worse, injuries. So save your pride for another day and ask any questions you may have.
Be The Head Of The Class
The most common mistake male gym members make is skipping group fitness classes. They often think these spaces are reserved for women and therefore end up bypassing the fitness studio for the weight room. Well, as a current fitness instructor with almost 10 years under my belt, I am here to tell you guys that you are missing out. The majority of group fitness classes today are not the choreographed step aerobic jump-offs your mother took back in the 80’s. With boot camp and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) formats stealing the stage, fellas you are guaranteed to get a better burn than you could ever imagine. Just take one class and I promise you’ll be back for more!